Friday, February 11, 2011

What is this?

Mr. MySpareTime was out on business and when he came back into town he stopped by one of our favorite thrift stores and this is what he found.

I love the way it looks, but I don't really know what it is. He thought it was a table from the 1960's Early American decor phase.  I think it might have been a magazine table or maybe just a decorative bench.  Back in the '60s your mother's decor was either Early American, Danish Modern or Mish Mash. 

My Mom was Mid-Centrury Modern all the way

and Mr. MySpareTime's mom was Early American,

so I will defer to his expert opinion on this one. 

When you come from a home where you have an eagle over the fireplace and a wagonwheel lamp in the den, then you have probably seen a table like this.

All I know is that I think it will make a great holiday table!

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Pretty cool find! I wonder if it may have been used for storing knitting or sewing projects? It just looks like that's what it would be good for anyway.
    Have a great day~

  2. My hubby said his Mother had one in the sixties, she used beside the chair to put reading in. It's cute!..I would use it for my sewing!...Stop by my blog and visit sometime, have a great weekend! Jaja

  3. Is it a take off of an older version of a bread box? IDK I could be totally off, but it looks like what they let the yeast/bread rise in.

  4. Looks a lot like a sewing box---saw something similar at family's farmhouses out in western Pa. They sat next to a chair in the living rooms. Great find!

  5. Thanks for all the ideas on what this is. I thought it would hold sewing or knitting, but then thought most likely it held reading material, but with both side opening it would be a tricky table and it is very low. I just know it was worth the $10 he paid for it!

  6. It's a sewing box, looks like from the 40"s or 50"s, the originals from the late 1800's are beautiful in their form. Your's is a keeper for sure at $10. My girlfriend said she'd buy it from you for $ there ya go! A treasure:)


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