I first saw it on Craigslist. It was solid wood, and it was vintage — a combination that’s very hard for me to resist.
I jumped with glee and called the seller right away, hoping that no one else noticed the pristine card catalog file before I did.
“What are we going to put in it?” Doug asked.
“I don’t know,” I said, “but it’s going to be awesome. Trust me.”
I borrowed an SUV and drove over to pick it up. It’s big and heavy, but it comes apart in 5 pieces for moving, which is important when you live in an apartment. I bought it from a librarian who acquired it when the local libraries put all the file cabinets up for auction.
It became the home for all of our little things that had no home.
The drawers are the perfect size for small collections.
It’s nice to know where to look when you want to find something random.
“Where’s the tape?” Doug asks.
“It’s in the drawer labeled ‘Tape.’” I answer, every time.
Now we know where the flashlights and spare keys are located in case of emergency. The drawers aren’t in alphabetical order, but that would probably be easier. The lower drawers are saved for things little kids can look through, since they always want to peek in drawers when they come over.
It’s something we’re asked about quite a bit, so I thought you’d enjoy a tour of that corner of our home. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!