And this post is about exactly what probably came to your mind. Yep, I am the proud new owner of a ship’s wheel.
I’ve never been much of a “thrifter.” To be honest, the thought of digging through people’s old stuff kind of makes me gag and thanking God I carry hand sanitizer in my purse (mind you, this is a bottle of hand sanitizer I found under a table at a bar in Brooklyn… how gross can it be right?). Maybe I’m a bigger thrifter than I give myself credit for.
While crashing in Arlington for the weekend with my sister and her boyfriend, we ventured out to the First Saturday Civitan Market. Apparently it’s a big monthly (from April through November) flea market in a nearby parking garage. It’s rare that I happen upon these markets and you certainly have to dig through a bunch of crap to find the quality pieces. I found some great furniture I would have loved to fix up for the new apartment, but since that’s 7 weeks off and I’d have nowhere to store anything, I parted ways with said pieces and kept moseying around.
That’s when I found it – the helm. There it was just propped up against a table of junk. Everyone was just walking past it and there I stopped staring in awe. I wanted it. Lie. I HAD TO HAVE IT. And lucky for me – it was $40. Woot woot. The only problem was the fact that I knew everyone would think I was crazy. Not to mention I lifted it to test it’s weight while I considered the possibility of maybe hanging it on a wall in my future apartment (NOPE) – that sucker is heavy! So as I stared at it’s beauty pondering the impending ridicule of friends and family and in utter turmoil of what I would actually do with it, the owner walked over and said “it’s yours for $30.” SOLD. I didn’t even have to barter! And what do you know – everyone was suddenly jealous. Coming up to us asking where we’d found it and what we had planned for it.
I still don’t have a clue where I’ll put it, but I figure I can worry about that after the move. I’ve had suggestions ranging from building it into the back of a cabinet or displaying it on a console table to pulling a Swiss Family Robinson and hooking it up to a pulley system that turns on the toaster. I definitely think I’ll sand and re-stain it something a little darker and rustic looking. It still looks too much like it came off a yacht rather than a pirate ship making it significantly less cool in my book. I’ll be sure to keep you all updated on what I end up deciding to do with it.