Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Workshop Update

A while back I posted some photos on my blog showing my working spaces. CHANGE has happened! I picked up a few great items at an auction last week, and so I'm getting more organized and efficiently set up!

First is this HUGE item that used to be in a department store, now closed, in our downtown, so it's a piece of history! I think it was probably used for something like bedding sheet sets, blankets, or bedspreads that would have been displayed on top and the huge drawers were to store the extra, bulky packages. These drawers are WONDERFUL and has the glass inserts! Very cool, eh? I haven't filled it up yet, but trying to decide exactly "WHAT" I want to place inside. (Getting ready to ship that furniture on top, so it won't be there long.) Not only is this a terrific find, the $1 price tag was FANTASTIC! What a deal!!! There were two of these at the auction, my friend bought the other one just like it!
Here's inside a drawer .... the glass divider is removable.
Next is a green piece that is the "PERFECT" height for me to use my rotary cutting boards! No leaning any more! LOVE IT! The extra granite top table to the side ($15 find a couple years ago) has my needle punch machine on top but also affords me more space when I'm cutting out! At $35 for the green piece, I can't complain too much! I have all my cutting tools and accessories for rotary cutting in the drawers with room in the bottom for more goodies! You can see my embroidery sewing machine and regular sewing machine in the background.
Next is a typewriter desk from the depression era. It's not exactly the prettiest desk, but it is PERFECT for my serger! The piece the machine is setting on can be put down inside and the top closed to make a working desk with writing surface. Fun idea! I can almost see an old cast iron typewriter and someone typing away at it! Maybe I'll paint it one day if the mood strikes in multi-colors just for fun!
That "Merry Christmas" board is vintage & made by a local gentleman many years ago. His daughter told me he worked for GE and he used to make things with lights for Christmas every year. I cannot find any bulbs that fit this light string, so I may have to replace that, but love that vintage look!
Last, but not least, is my work table. I bought a broken down table an auction years ago for $2 and salvaged the legs and runner supports for making this table. Hubby made the top from sycamore he had cut at an Amish sawmill. The top is gorgeous! I'm VERY careful with it because I don't want to damage it. It's just a wonderful size, though, so it remains there 'cuz I just can't give it up for something smaller.
What's so wonderful is now I've been able to clear out all the stacking boxes of "stuff" I had stored under my work areas, so my feet now actually will fit under everything! 
Now, all I have to do is get busy making samples to take to market! I've committed to wholesaling my wares next year, so it's time to get prepared!


byyourhands said...

What a lovely workspace. It looks so vintage until you see the modern machines. lol Love the cottagy colors.

Carol/Firecrackerkid said...

Oh baby, sweet pieces! I love them Denise. You're so fortunate to get these pieces of history. I'm happy for you sweety. Why don't you have those nice shelves in your etsy store gal?

I Play Outside The Box said...

Love the green cabinet ...what a steal of a deal!! You go girl!!

yorkie's primitives said...

WOW You got some great deals. Love them all, Valerie

TeresaM said...

Great additions to your workshop!!! Everything looks great!

Sugar Mountain Mercantile said...

I want your workspace! Love all your bargains..especially the glass-drawered storage! Imagine the possibilities....

basketsbyrose said...

Love your work space, and I had one of those desk. It belonged to my mother, building in the 30's, but after being moved around, it final fell apart. Sad day!

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Wow--you have some really great storage pieces...I especially love that one with the big glass drawers (Oh yeah, I have a thing for drawers! lol)
Smiles, Karen

Jody said...

Love your new pieces! Your workspace looks awesome!

Valley Primitives Gift Shoppe said...

What a wonderful work space! I would love to have something like that :0)

Barb said...

All I can say is WOW!! some people have the eye for what can happen with vintage items. Me, I am a lost cause until I see someone do something with it. It is wonderful!! I will start paying attention now!
Great finds!

Kristi Flanagan said...

Wow - lucky girl! I want a workshop like this!!!!Waaaah - do you hear my tantrum? LOL!

Punkin Seed Productions


Denise, you are getting some wonderful pieces and that one for $1 now that is to die for! What a steal.
Thanks for sharing with us.