When my sister and I cleaned out our parents’ home, we had to make many decisions about what to do with all the stuff. Which things are truly “valuable” and which have only sentiment in their favor? Should we sell it, keep it, or throw it away? To help ensure a future for our family’s heirlooms, I plan to leave a booklet for my daughters telling the stories of what they will inherit one day. (Not TOO soon, I hope!) With this challenge I begin my book of Heirlooms.
is for oak table.
I admit it - I’m finally at the age when my friends and neighbors are using the D word - DOWNSIZING. In this house, downsizing is not even discussed. But sometimes I do look around my house and play the “What If” game. What if we decided to downsize? What if we really had to move out of this house? Which pieces of furniture would we take with us?
Always my answer is my round oak pedestal table.
|Oak table in the dining room|
In the 1970s when the antiques craze was driving up the prices on desirable large furniture like pedestal tables, my husband had a brilliant idea. He remembered such a table in the basement of his parents’ home. Nobody was using it. Maybe his mother would be glad for us to take it.
But as Murphy’s Law goes, she sold the table to an antiques dealer two weeks before we thought to ask for it. So off to the antiques dealer we went to buy it back. Drat the luck, he had sold it already, and it was across the street being refinished.
Everyone felt bad, not just us. The pangs of guilt sent the dealer and his refinisher on a mission to find us a round oak table.
And they did! The pedestal had been painted black, but we all agreed that even though the black would never be stripped off completely, the table would be enhanced by the black paint seeped into the grain. The gentleman refinishing the table even made a couple leaves for it so that we can seat more people.
I suppose that since WE bought the table, technically it really is not an heirloom, but it will be one day when our daughters have to decide about its future.
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