I’m not the kind of person who dwells on regrets. I believe life is a lesson, and it’s only a mistake if you don’t learn from it.
So the Flea Market Regret of 2016 is this:
If something catches your eye from across the lot and you feel a gravitational pull to walk over to it, BUY IT!
I think what originally attracted me to this piece were the square brass handles. I had no idea what this was until I opened the drawers. The left drawer was a pull out busted record player. The right side was a tuner. The bottom of the piece had slats to hold records, and a speaker that needed repairing. This was a Flea Market Flip if there ever was one. At $40, it was a steal. But I made a grave mistake. My husband accompanied me to the flea market. He was the first to tell me “you’re crazy, this will sit in our garage and collect dust because we have no clue how to restore this to its former glory.”
I’m still thinking about this piece to this day. How beautiful it would be if it were restored, and how the top of it would look oh so cute holding a table lamp and a tray full of whiskeys and old fashioned glasses.
You win some, you lose some. Passing on this piece up was definitely a lose some moment. I hope it found a lovely home, full of people who can turn this little number back into what it has the potential to be.