Friday, July 31, 2015

$25 dresser from an auction

We LOVE auctions!

There are so many interesting things to be found at an auction...

And, truth be told... I L.O.V.E. the bidding process!

Holding up that number to say your in the game...

Locking eyes with the other person bidding against you...

being the winning bid...

it gives me a feeling of such excitement!

Sometimes my husband and I go to auctions by ourselves (romantic, huh?)

Sometimes we take the girls.
I doubt they would say they love it, but...
they do enjoy it.

When our youngest was little, maybe 5 or 6 years old, she would get into it...
she would raise her hand and say "hip", just like she observed the auctioneers do when recognizing a bidder.

Thank goodness, they didn't count her bids (smile)

We went to an auction this past weekend and I scored this dresser for $25!

Right now I have dryer sheets in the drawers, to help 'freshen' the smell.
It needs a good cleaning and sanding.  Then I will stain it.
I will need to measure for and add handles.
But...the details...just look at them.

the carvings on the drawers

the details on the scalloped backboard

the sides


  1. Wow! What a great piece. I never gave thought to using dryer sheets to remove bad odors…I always have used newspaper! Great idea. Can't wait to see this piece brought back to life!

    1. Thanks Patti! I should try newspaper sometime...

  2. Oh my, that is an amazing find and a lovely piece, LB! Beautiful detail! Thanks for the tip about the dryer sheets! =) Looking forward to seeing the transformation! Have a fun weekend! ~CB

  3. Oh my stars! What a deal you got. Can't wait to see what you do with it!

  4. looking forward to the finish product. we have not been to an auction this year, which is surprising bc we love going to them. have a wonderful weekend.

  5. You got a great deal Lori! I love all the detail in this beautiful piece. Last time my husband and I went to an auction, he was enjoying the wine they offered and he forgot to bid on the item we wanted! It was ok since we ended up winning the bid on a nicer piece of furniture. Enjoy your weekend. Pat xx

  6. Beautiful! I can't wait to see how it turns out.

  7. That is a a beautiful find! Can't wait for the makeover. Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

  8. Love the little dresser for $25. bargain
    I always put items like that in the HOT sun all day , just take the drawers out.
    to draw out the musty smells, It has worked for me
    then also I use a damp towel with vinegar to wipe it down inside

  9. What a great bargain. I would love to refurbish something like that.

  10. Wow, what a great find!! This should clean up nicely. Beautiful details!! I put clay kitty litter, not the clumping kind, in each drawer, fill up the bottom as much as you can. Close the drawers and leave for a few days. Dump the litter out in a bag because it can be re used any time. Vacuum and clean the drawers and the whole inside of the dresser. You're good to go......

    1. I have never heard of clay kitty litter...thanks for the tip.


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