Today I pulled a book off the shelf that I’ve never read to Little Fearse. I have read it before, but I had forgotten the story.
In the book Georgie has out grown his cot so his Mum sends he and his Dad to the shopping centre to buy a new bed. After reading the first page I looked at Little Fearse and said “That’s not what we’d do in our household. We’d find one second hand.” She nodded sagely (actually, I think at this point she climbed off my lap and I read the rest of the book to the back of her head).
Well, to my delight, Georgie’s Dad didn’t think they needed to go to the shopping centre, either. They saw a second hand furniture shop on their way and stopped off to see whether they had any beds. They found a little old bed, which was said to be magic. Georgie’s Mum and Grandma were unimpressed, but Georgie loved his new-old bed.
The last ‘scene’ of the book has Georgie climbing lovingly onto the bed on top of a pile of rubbish in the dump where his Grandma sends the bed while they are away on holidays.
Mostly, this book made me think about how sentimental we can get about old furniture and things with a former life. I find it hard to get enthused about something I’ve bought new in the same way.
One of my favourite pieces of furniture is an antique chair I bought with the stimulus money we were given from the Government in 2009. I was on a junk trawling trip to the Yarra Valley with a friend and found a green Gentleman’s Library chair that had originally been made in 1888 for the Seahorse Inn at Bateman’s Bay, NSW. BP and I had just come back from a gorgeous holiday up the East Coast and had enjoyed a romantic, oyster-filled meal at the Seahorse Inn. It was a little bit of fortune, maybe a little bit fated. Anyway, I bought the chair, I stimulated the Yarra Valley economy and have since enjoyed sharing that little story.
I can’t tell you a story about the couch we bought at Freedom or the lamp I bought from Ikea. Well, I did assemble the lamp. But that’s not much of a story.
I wonder if any of you have great stories about the things you’ve found second hand to furnish your homes?