Friday, March 24, 2017

A "Two Seater" Spruced Up For Spring

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!

I came home with a few small treasures....but this was definitely the DEAL OF THE DAY!
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  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!


  1. Rebecca
    Beautiful vingnsttes!


  2. Hi Rebecca and thanks most sincerely for the lovely comment you left on - My little old world - I appreciate it so so much !
    I'm your first follower since I'm following your so lovely blog with much joy !

    Wishing you a most lovely remainder of your weekend
    With sincere gratitude

    XOXO Danela at - My little old world - (Dany)

    1. THANK YOU for being my first follower! I truly appreciate it!

  3. What a gorgeous desk! I've only seen a two seater on television! Love how you decorated it. Happy Pink Saturday!

  4. Rebecca,
    This is so pretty!! I love pieces like this that are unique and have history! Looks beautiful the way you styled it!! Thanks so much for sharing and thanks so much for stopping by!!

  5. What a great buy Rebecca! I love how you set it in front of the window...and you styled it just perfect! Thanks for stopping by...I'll add you to my list of blogs I love to visit...hugs

  6. Good morning, Rebecca! Before I forget, let me thank you for stopping by The Marmelade Gypsy to take a look at my Easter Banner.

    I love your blog; it's simply beautiful. And this desk is just the best! I think I would have gone wild had I seen it first! It looks terrific in your home as well. And I didn't realize about Sidney, OH. We have family there -- I wonder if they know the history of the school desk?!

    1. I was sooooo excited when I spotted it! I made a mad dash to it! lol
      Thanks for stopping by!


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