Unexpected Finds

in , by Julie Nichols, June 10, 2013
Hi Friends, I had so much fun Saturday shopping at Estate Sales.  There happen to be two in my immediate neighborhood. Which means less travel time and less money spent on gas.
I was looking for patio furniture.

The first house I stopped at I found this lantern for 50 cents.

 Yes, 50 cents!!   It was hiding on the basement floor.  The owner was going to take it with her to Pennsylvania but the door to it is broken so she decided to sell it.  So I gladly parted with my two quarters.  Heck at that price if I was her I would have taken it with me.  The door has a small crack but it opens and closes just fine.  The ring is rusty and the lantern has a patina which I really like.

My next stop was a modest ranch-style home.  I took a look around the entire house and I didn't see anything I really wanted.  Sadly leaving empty-handed I passed through the garage and found this.

Wow, a deacon's bench!

It had a $75.00 sticker on it.   So I left it. 
Thinking I would drive back later and make an offer.  (It was just around the block)
So I went back around 3:00 and it was sitting in the driveway.  I was glad to see that it was still there.  I offered $25.00 for it and guess what they took it. (Happy Me).  
Unfortunately, I don't have a story for this one.  The only thing they could tell me was that it is a deacon's bench.   I always like to know the history of the pieces I buy.  Especially on a piece like this.  I could only wonder what church it was in and who sat and prayed on this bench.
When you go to sales like this make sure you go through the entire house including the basement, garage, and yard.  You'll never know what you'll find if you don't.

When I woke up this morning I wasn't thinking of bringing home a deacon's bench.  (After all, I was looking for patio furniture!)

First I will give it some TLC.   I definitely want to fix the crack and paint it.
I think it will go nice in the entryway of our home.

If anyone knows anything about this type of bench I would love to hear about it in the comments section
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