Today was Pattin Auction day (every other Sunday) and we have been looking for a small table to hold a printer. The printer would be tucked into a corner of the parlor, so it had to be something appropriate, not modern or glass. We've been trying to find a way for guests to check their email, print boarding passes and maybe cruise the web a little.
We found a charming little child's school desk for the printer. While we were there, we also found this great drop-leaf table. One of our rooms has a private sitting room, and we needed a place for business travelers to work in private. Voila! Of course, it didn't look like this when we bought it, but I cleaned it up with Murphy's Oil Soap, used a little Old English dark wood scratch remover, and polished it with Scott's Liquid Gold.
As for the really good price, there's some reward in being patient. Another drop-leaf table pretty much like this one went for $120 earlier in the auction, but after 3 1/2 hours a lot of the buyers had gotten tired and left. The last time I went to the auction, I noticed that as people left and the auctioneer got tired, the bidding started lower, went faster, and there weren't as many people bidding.
Of course, the Italian Victorian bicycle poster I wanted got sold somehow when I wasn't looking. Dang. That's what I get for going to get that hot dog.