You know how, when you go out to a garage sale or a thrift store, you have to walk in with an open mind? How as soon as you think you're going to find a specific thing, you don't? Yep, me too. Happens all the time. So that is why I now have three large pieces of furniture in my house that I never thought I needed, but ended up buying anyway. Like I said, you gotta keep your options open!
First we have a Pottery Barn coffee table that appeared one Friday morning at a garage sale I happened to pass by. (Don't you love how I make it sound like fate?) It was $40 and had every feature that a family with a toddler needs: a drawer to hide all the stuff, an extra shelf underneath for more stuff, and a large surface area for a large basket full of stuff. Get where I'm coming from on this? :)
Next is a $20 thrift store find. It's a little trunk that needs some serious love, but I am thinking that once I have loved on it a bit, it will become a toy chest for Nina's "big girl room," still in the making.
Lastly is the piece that we needed least. A dresser that is so beat up that it was shoved between some much better looking pieces in an antique shop a few weeks ago. My husband and I just thought it had really pretty lines, and I am imagining it with a beautiful dark stain and a marble top. It's the kind of piece that I think could look good in a bedroom, dining room, or front entryway. We got the owner down from $130 to $100, and for that price we decided that this dresser will be our husband-wife bonding project (you know, for all the extra time we have coming to us once the baby is born).