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Follow your Instincts, it could lead to a hidden treasure!

go with your instincts! the hinges are what intrigued me about this piece.
go with your instincts! the hinges are what intrigued me about this piece.
Claire Barrow

Those of you that love to treasure hunt; that love to go to yard sales, thrift store, and the like, you know what I mean by treasure hunting. The thrill of finding a precious item amongst the ‘ugly ducklings’, or that final piece that you needed to complete your collection.

I had an experience like that just a few days ago. I had stopped by a friends’ antique store to see what goodies had arrived since my last visit. There was some wonderful mid-century style items that I adored, including some aqua blue glass lamps that are simply beautiful, a home made slat bench, a drop leaf Formica top kitchen table, to name a few..and of course there was an ugly duckling thrown in for good measure. It was a wooden storage box with a hinged lid on the top, rather than where the top meets the sides. The box was covered with a bright red fuzzy material, and I mean covered! The hinges on it though really intrigued me, so I decided to take it too. I thought that I could remove the red fuzzy and then perhaps paint the wooden box an off-white color.

I took it home and placed it on top of some other items that needed some work to be done to them. A few days went by, and so did some rain! I thought that I should go out and remove that red fuzzy before the box got wet. I took the box, placed it on the ground, and prepared to do ‘surgery’. Much to my surprise, the material was attached to the box using metal thumb tacks! So I began pulling out the tacks, and the material at the same time.

I had removed the material from one corner, and then was able to remove it from one large side. As I did so, my eyes could not believe what I saw! I quickly ran and got my camera so that I could take a picture of the piece. Under that red fuzzy material was a fabulous antique wooden crate. It had the words ‘Brennenman’s Fine Biscuits Pittsburgh, PA’ printed across the front! It also had a lovely logo that looks like tulips. I could not believe it.

My words of advice are that if you have a feeling about something, go with that feeling! Do not trust your eyes, go with your instincts! You never know what kind of treasure you might find! Happy hunting everyone!

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