Once in a while you find something that you didn’t even know you were looking for!
I LOVE these old industrial carts used as coffee tables, but never considered one for our house because they are a taaaaad too big for my space and a taaaaaad to pricey for my wallet!
Not even thinking about an alternative, I ran across this hunk at one of my favorite antique stores.
Love at first sight!
It’s a newspaper delivery wagon – (I assume from Cleveland, OH – the Cleveland Plain Dealer). It still has the canvas straps and buckles that held the newspapers in place. Pretty cool!
The size was definitely more appropriate for my living room than the big carts, and the price was much closer to what I could spend. Indeed the price was closer, but no cigar. The ticket read $225 – with my most dreaded antique-store word beside it – ‘FIRM’. gah. I hate that word. (Unless it would be referring to any part of my anatomy. Which it wouldn’t. sigh…) I left the store empty-handed.
Of course I didn’t stop thinking about it. And I managed to convince myself that it was already sold. Imagine my surprise to see it still sitting there a few weeks later – and the price was more than 1/2 OFF!!! (So I guess that original price was about as firm as my… nevermind!)
Thrilled as I was, I have to admit that I was doubting myself. All of the usual questions – Is it the right price? Is it the right size? Will it look as good as I imagined it would? Will my family think I’m crazy? Will I ever have a firm anything, ever again?
Turns out that the answer to most of my questions is YES!
I love it in the room! I might wish it was a wee bit smaller from time to time, but hey – it has wheels – it moves quite easily! The little girls of the family constantly have it wheeled out of their way to jump rope, do cartwheels, spin in circles, all of that necessary little girl stuff.
And, most importantly, it holds snacks! No coasters required.