Every once in awhile, I see something at the flea market that stops me dead in my tracks.
That was the case with this antique oak paneled desk.
When I spotted it, I was drawn to it immediately.
It had the perfect patina of old, worn oak that is becoming more popular right now, and it was just huge!
Every single part of the desk was trimmed out with raised panels.
The sides, back, and even the insides of the leg area.
I couldn’t imagine the amount of work that went into putting all those panels together. It’s the perfect example of “they don’t make things like they used to!”
And I got lucky on this desk . . . I really did.
It was a cold, rainy day at the flea market and there were hardly any shoppers.
The dealer selling the desk was a first-timer to this market.
So he had no idea if crowds would pick up later in the weekend or if it would stay as dismal as it was.
He admitted that he really didn’t want to haul the desk back home.
That meant he was willing to let it go for pennies since it looked like I was going to be one of the few shoppers of the day.
See what I mean? Lucky.
Take this same desk and put it up for sale on a pretty spring day at the flea market where the sun is shining . . . and I would have easily had to pay double for it!
So moral of the story–shop rainy days at the flea market!
Anyway, once I saw it I knew I had to take it home 🙂
It’s incredible, isn’t it?
Usually, I would stage it up nice in my house and take pictures before I took it to my booth.
But I had a hole I needed to fill so these were the photos I was able to get.
I think these pictures still capture though scale, weight, and amazing worn finish of this desk.
I had a friend ask if it was a partner desk. You know, the ones where both sides are open so 2 people can sit
I’m not 100% certain if it is or isn’t, but it could be configured that way.
All 4 parts–the 2 drawer sections, back panel of the leg opening, and top–detach from one another easily.
So it would be simple to take out the back panel and have the desk be open for seating on both sides.
You can also flip one of the drawer boxes so there would be drawers on each side.
I decided not to paint it or stain it…or do anything to the finish before selling it.
Whoever buys it can choose to add a clear topcoat or refinish it if they like or leave it as is.
Personally, I loved the worn finish and wanted to give the new owner the option of keeping it that way if they liked it also.
Honestly, if I had space I would sooooo keep this for myself.
But it needs a big room where it can stand alone and not up against a wall, and unfortunately, I don’t have that room.
So it’s available for sale for $435 at my Antique Company Mall space!
Here are a few others little goodies I added to my booth as well . . .
I really enjoy working in this space and pulling these displays together.
So, I would love to hear what you think of the desk!
Have you seen one like it before? Or maybe know any history on these types of pieces?
And if you’re a fellow antique booth seller or furniture flipper, here are a few posts you may like 🙂
Thanks for stopping in with me today!