Whilst in Lynchburg visiting my family, we stopped by a furniture consignment shop that was new to me. I’ve been on the hunt for several pieces, like a previously-mentioned console table for a vignette in the living room and an old library card catalog for a nook downstairs (only come across one of those so far and it was hugely $$$). We’re in need of old stuff with character to mix in with what is primarily brand-new furniture, so thought I might have some luck at this place. What I wasn’t expecting was to become obsessed with this…
The photo and the lighting really don’t do this sweet, little china cabinet justice, but trust me when I say it’s pretty much the most adorable piece of furniture I’ve ever witnessed. The inlay on the glass doors, the angled feet, and the overall style got me all kinds of worked up. And at just over five feet tall, this china cabinet was totally Katie-sized.
This side view gives you a better idea of the height. You can see an average-sized china cabinet over there on the left. I was already envisioning this little cabinet in place of the small bookcase in our dining room, with all my pretty china displayed on the shelves…sigh.
There was just one little problem — nay, a huge problem. See that tiny red tag on there? It says SOLD. My family and I then went to discuss this nonsense with the salesman because clearly the china cabinet was meant for me. He told us it was purchased…by a dealer…from Charlotte, NC. Commence the crushing of my dreams. Why are dealers allowed in here? And from out of the state? Unacceptable, I say.
While I stared longingly with one arm outstretched towards the little cabinet, he told us is was a 1940s Art Deco Waterfall-style piece. I made note of this, even though I was in denial and still legitimately thought I could somehow convince this man to sell the cabinet to me instead. Over the next several days I thought to myself, what if the Charlotte dealer doesn’t come to pick it up in time? Would the sale then be void? Or what if the dealer changes his mind? There could still be a chance, right?! When I returned to the consignment shop a couple of weeks later, my little cabinet was no longer there and now I can only assume it’s lost to me forever. Tearsy!
Since that sad experience, I took to the internet in search of a similar china cabinet but so far nothing has turned up. However I have come across some other amazing Art Deco-style pieces (these are courtesy of Pinterest):
Art Deco reminds me of The Rocketeer, Gotham City, and The Great Gatsby all at once. Love it. Hey, if I can’t get my Art Deco china cabinet, I need something else Art Deco up in this hizzy. But mainly…I still want the china cabinet. Double sigh.
[All images via Pinterest link to source.]