Since we moved, I’ve been on a mission to find a work table. A table which can host my myriad little beads, my tools and the other accoutrements of my trade. I have an idea in mind, not so big because it has to fit in our house but big enough for all my things, some drawers to put in my things and preferably antique. Its been surprisingly difficult to find this table. It was with this mission in mind that we’ve been trying to visit the bigger antique fairs
One antique fair we recently visited was the Midlands Antiques and Collectible Fair. And it is a huge fair. It houses several buildings and myriad stalls outside its extensive grounds. I had high hopes.
It started off well enough especially when I saw one stand’s beautiful collection of antique perfume bottles. They were mostly from Austria and Czechoslavakia from the turn of the century and they were exported to the US in the 40s/50s. Each one seemed like miniature masterpieces but as I was looking for a table, I reluctantly left them behind.
Then I saw this absolutely gorgeous music box. According to the seller it is a Regina music box, which was one of the premier music box makers in the US in the 19th century and this particular beauty is from 1898. He very kindly played it for us and the music was beautiful and full-bodied.
So far no table in sight but outside we saw this gorgeous antique trunk from the late 19th century. This one still bears the name of the German family who used the trunk to travel to the US. I don’t know why this trunk moved me so much. I suppose its the idea of this trunk once holding a family’s worldly possessions as they crossed the ocean into a new life. It made me wonder how they fared and how this trunk came to be sitting here in an antique fair, waiting for a new life to start.
By this time, I had given up on finding a table. This fair didn’t seem to be the sort where I would find it but I was happy to have seen some gorgeous objects. So now, the question needs to be asked–did I come home empty handed?
Tune in tomorrow for the answer….