So the other day, my bestie and I did lunch and then prowled around some antique shops. We chose to do both in a small neighboring town. It was a nice little outing...even though we had to drive back home in a torrential rainstorm!
In all of my years of antiquing/junking I haven't seen a "two seated" school desk. I have seen, and own one, antique desk, but this was a first. When reaching for the price tag that hung back behind one of the seats, I just knew it was going to be more than I'd want to spend today. I had to do a double take, and then asked my friend to make sure I was seeing it correctly....$50...yup, that was right. At the encouragement of my friend (who knows how to bargain on our outings) I asked the man if he'd take anything less....maybe like $40 I suggested. So, he went to the phone and made a call to the man who rented that booth in the shop. He returned and said the man WOULD take $40...not even a counter offer of $45...and it was a DONE DEAL! I was ELATED!
So, my friend asked me, as she always does...."Where are you going to put it?" I don't always have an answer, but if it is something I love, then I buy first and think about that later. However, with this piece, I knew just where I was going to put it. When I got it home and in place, I liked it ok...but then I thought of under my windows...When I tried it there....BINGO! That's where I liked it most...and that's where it is!
Next, I had to decide what to display on top. I tried my dog collection, but 1. I love where my dogs are at already and 2. I thought rotating it out through the seasons might work better. I gathered up several of my spring items: bunnies and millinery flowers, added a few clocks (for springing forward...lol) and VOILA'...
Here are the results...which I LOVE!
Oh and I would be remiss if I didn't add some old German school books to this "two-seater school desk vignette". I really do like it all together here under my window!
Now with being a teacher, I love the history behind anything to do with school!
So here is just a tidbit on the first school desks...
The first school desk was made in 1880 by John D. Loughlin in Sidney, Ohio. The desk, known as "The Fashion Desk," proved to be extremely popular across the country. The practicality of the desks allowed for many to be put together in a one room schoolhouse, and the fashion aspect of it was aesthetically pleasing to those in the education industry. Loughlin's marketing campaign also helped to sell these desks, which would eventually sweep the nation. The "Fashion Desks" were desks attached to one another and were big enough to seat two or three children. Usually, there was an inkwell so that the student could replenish his pen's supply.
I am extremely happy with the purchase of my second school desk...which happens to be a two-seater. And I am most happy with the way I have decorated it for the first spring season in my home!
Happy Spring and Spring Junkin', my friends!
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