Black Beauty and the White Whale

If our infrequent posting has you concerned that perhaps there are no good deals left to find, hopefully this post will give you some reassurance. While our hectic modern lives have slightly hampered our efforts to share all of our adventures, we are still having them. Case in point, this past weekend I decided to take my 1967 Cadillac out for its first drive of the season.

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This is not usually the car that I take junking or thrifting, but the weather was nice so I decided to do both. I spent the evening driving around a nearby town whose spring cleanup week was coming up, looking for interesting things set out on the curb. After striking out completely, I decided to try my luck at a thrift store. I arrived at 15 minutes to close and found this lovely little specimen:

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A writing desk designed by Paul McCobb for Winchendon Furniture’s Planner Group. In decent condition. For a mere song. Mega score. And, of course, it never fails that I find furniture when I’m not driving a vehicle meant for hauling furniture. But, where there’s a will there’s a way. I wasn’t going to let this one get away.

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As if it wouldn’t fit in the back seat. You could park a Prius in this back seat. If nothing else it was totally worth it just to see the look on the employees’ faces as I pulled up to the front doors of Salvation Army to load it.

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Usually these are seen in clear maple finish with conical hardware, so at first I assumed both had been altered. Research proved, however, that these ring pulls were original as was the black lacquer finish and were both options in the original line. The finish does, unfortunately need restoration, but that won’t be nearly as terrible of an undertaking as it would have been if this were covered in thick latex paint.

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I’ve said this many times before, but the best way to find something is to not look too hard. My expectations for the night were so low I drove a classic car knowing I’d have no way to haul furniture. Fate took that temptation and ran with it—but even fate is no match for a 20-foot land yacht.

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One Comment

  1. Posted April 20, 2016 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    The ring pulls are the best pulls.

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