Hellllllllllo and happy Monday! You guys, guess what I got to do this weekend?? I went antiquing for the first time in like 6 months. Really, it’s been at least that long since I had a good old fashioned junkin’ day. Maybe even longer. What kind of malarkey is that?! Apparently there isn’t a lot of extra time for junkin’ when you’ve got a newborn and two other little people to take care of. But it finally happened this weekend. My husband and I were actually celebrating our anniversary (11 years–yay us!) and the older kiddos were at their grandparents for a visit, so we headed out with the baby to find a few vintage goodies. Thankfully he enjoys it as much as I do and he’s even got a pretty good eye when it comes to finding treasures. We ended up at a barn sale and a few of my favorite antique shops. It was soooooo much fun and we came home with a couple new goodies that I’ll be sharing with you guys soon. And to make this weekend even better, my parents brought me an antique farmhouse cabinet for our dining room! It was at one of the antiques shops in my hometown and I had been eyeing it for months. Well I finally decided to make an offer and they accepted! Now I have a snazzy new cabinet in my dining room.
My #1 tip when it comes to buying anything from antiques shops is to always make an offer below the asking price. Now I realize some folks might night feel comfortable making an offer, but this simple strategy has saved me a lot of money over the years. And I figure, why not ask?? Most people are happy to negotiate a bit and sometimes if you’re lucky they’ll negotiate a lot. For example, this cabinet was priced at $175. My dad heard they were itching to get rid of it, so I told him to offer $100 for me. And they took it!
When I first spotted this cabinet several months ago I was instantly in love–the planked panel in the back is my favorite part. Someone took the glass out of the upper doors, but I actually don’t mind that. I just wish I knew some history on it, but I’m pretty sure it was a built-in taken from an old farmhouse. Thankfully it fits perfectly in this spot! Now the only problem is I want three more just like it for every corner in our dining room. No big deal.
I styled it up with a few white pitchers, dinner plates, and a bit of greenery. Just the usual stuff, but I love the simplicity of this look and it really completes our dining room. Plus there’s actually a decent amount of storage on the bottom half of this cabinet, so it’s a great spot to keep lots of stuff like plates and big mixing bowls. Or hide things from my kids. Either way, it’s super handy. And I gotta say, knowing that I got this cabinet for such a great price makes me love it even more. I tell ya–don’t be afraid to bargain on antiques. You’ll probably be surprised how much moolah you can save yourself!
Thanks so much for stopping in to hang out today. Here’s a few other posts with pretty vintage things you might enjoy: