Private Stash: Chess Set

One day, Austin and I were in Salvation Army buying up ridiculous project pieces. On our way out, thanks to my Amazon-like stature, I spied this little box mixed amongst nonsense on top of a clothing rack. Then I looked inside, swiftly took it under my arm and practically ran from the store.

Chess Set In StoreYes, it is a chess set and yes, it is complete…and amazing.

Chess Set All

Having these all out at one time turned my fingers into butter and I kept thinking one was going to shatter!

Chess Set Red

I can’t even tell you how detailed these little ceramic pieces are. They are so unique, and all the pieces are there and almost in mint condition (only one rook has a chip). They’re not designer pieces, but I love them all the same.

Chess Set Bishop Chess Set Queen

I’ve been trying to think what to do with them, and was leaning heavily towards selling them. Why? Because they’re hidden in a box, we don’t use them,and I can’t think of a nice way to display 32 tiny statues. Any ideas? Plus, I didn’t think there was a midcentury chess board that would match. At least I didn’t think so, until I was mindlessly perusing Pinterest this afternoon.

Lane Chess BoardAccording to an auction website (found here), this is a Lane checker board storage ottoman. Now I have something new to look for. Sadly, the one on the site had already sold for $99, but hopefully there is another one out there…and in the Iowa area!



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