Sunday, June 17, 2012

Some Days are Better Than Others!

My wife asked me what I wanted for Father's day.  I told her I wanted to go shopping!  Now before you go thinking I have lost my mind, my kind of shopping and hers are two totally different things.  I wanted to hit the antique and junk stores to look for treasures that are out there for the taking.  My wife goes with me to make me happy, but I don't think she really enjoys it as much as I do.

We decided to head south and made our way to Thomasville, GA.  Thomasville is a very nice town that has an unbelievable downtown area full of antique shops, variety stores, restaurants and even a high end gun shop.  We enjoyed walking around and visiting the shops, but we really didn't have much luck.  I almost pulled the trigger on a small table, but changed my mind at the last minute.  I'm glad I did.

We decided to head back towards home with the idea of stopping at my favorite antique store in Moultrie, GA.  Sid's Antiques is a place that has a little of everything and I have bought several pieces there over the years.  After searching the store and drooling over all of his tables I asked him if he had anything that needed a little work.  He pulled out the table that you see on the right in the picture above.  It is hard to tell, but the top has a couple of bad spots and it just needed some minor TLC to make it a show piece.  Notice the bottom shelf and the brass connectors.  Very hard to find.  I was shocked at the price he offered to me and I jumped before he could change his mind.  Before I could get out of the store, a total of three tables had been loaded in the truck.  Two Tiger Oaks and the smaller oak table that is in the background.  They are all beautiful tables and I think I may just have an interested buyer for at least one of them.

I called my Dad when I got home and he came over to have a look at what I scored.  He fell in love with the table on the right and we hashed out a little trade.  The flaws on the top of this table were not a problem for him because he uses a table similar to this in his office to hold his fax machine.  I was glad that I could make my Dad happy on Father's Day weekend, and I still ended up with two Tiger Oak tables and they are almost identical.

The table on the left came from my Dad

My Dad's table is really not in need of any refinishing.  It is perfect.  It has a cherry tint to it which might be a good thing for the right buyer.  I will strip it down however and change the color if a customer is willing to pay for the labor!!

This is the top.  See the Tiger stripes?

Another shot

I jumped right on the other Tiger table.  The first picture is a before shot of the top.  The next few shots are of the progress.

Very nice stripes in this one!!!
Treated with pre-stain
So as you can see, I had a pretty good day on my treasure hunt!  Now the fun must continue as I finish these two and start on the little on below.

Happy Father's Day!!


TexWisGirl said...

i'd say you did well on father's day! :)

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

Sounds like you had an awesome Fathers day! Those brass braces are too cool

The Gang said...

Those are a couple of great looking tables!

Trey Luckie said...

They really are VERY nice. Some of the best that I have had!

Steve said...

Great find! I love the Tiger stripes in wood.