Acquisition and Disposal

Over the weekend we ate brunch at a friend’s home. She lives off the opposite end of post, so we turned the hour-long drive into a day trip. We enjoyed good food, wandered through a shady old village, then stopped at my favorite rural thrift store on the way home. Really it’s more of a junk shop – greasy auto part mounds, shredded paper bits, and a wheezy miasma of cigarette smoke – but if you’re willing to brave the haze and excavate through the layers of prints, old mugs, and tattered romance novels you can unearth great wood furniture on the cheap. This antique rocking chair came home with us (it’s not child-sized – the picture perspective just makes it look that way).

I’ve been hunting for just the right rocking chair for several years. I’m an unabashed rocker snob. It must rock just so, feel exactly right, look a certain way. Unfortunately most of the newer classically styled rockers cost several hundred dollars, while many of the older chairs rock poorly or are too rickety for regular use. This one is quite old (could be as old as Civil War era?) rocks beautifully, and fits like a glove. It’s probably handmade, too – there are no factory labels and you can still see the carving marks on the seat. The shop runs about half the price of city antique stores to begin with. This chair was originally $100, marked down to $59, and then a little bargaining brought it to $40. Not bad for a handmade antique!

In other news, we’re purging clutter from the house this month – old clothes and household goods, DVDs, and extra books. We both accumulated sizable libraries before marriage, so we owned a lot of duplicate classics. This month we’re finally weeding them out, along with many books we don’t plan to read again. I offered the best for free in a facebook list, and have been sorting and delivering requested bundles (shown above) to local friends. About a hundred others will go to the Salvation Army – hopefully someone wants those old medical textbooks, airport thrillers, random gift books, and impulse buys?

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One thought on “Acquisition and Disposal

  1. What a lovely chair, and of course it complements the books in the background.

    The other thing which didn’t occur to me when we bought a rocker for Ginger’s room (secondhand of course!) was to check that it doesn’t travel as you rock. Her’s sort of migrates across the room; only really a problem in the middle of the night when you have just about rocked her back to sleep and you collide with the cot or wall, and have to break the rhythm to drag the chair away again.

    What a great job of cleaning out your bookshelves – I always find it hard to part with books. I am getting better though; we tend to do periodic purges and get rid of those that we don’t think we will ever re-read.

    As to your question on my blog, postings tend to take place over the Christmas period – school years run Feb to Dec, so I guess that is the reason for those dates. And you are quite right – once the uncertainty is gone you can start to research about a place and get excited. Next step will to be to get access to homefind and pick a house:)

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