A couple of weeks ago, I was in a local thrift shop and got the deal of a lifetime. I know you won't believe this, but I bought a whole - vintage - upright piano for $10.00. How I wish I had been carrying my camera that day so I could have photographed it in the store.
I was not in the market for a piano. I have one now and even though I taught piano lessons in a former life, I hardly sit and play the one I have! So, a piano was the very last thing on my mind that day.
But, this sad one had the most incredible panel at the top!!! Visions of makeovers were running rampant through my head as I tracked down the manager and told him I would love to purchase the piano, but that I needed to leave most of it behind. Trying to win him over, I even suggested that he might make another $10.00 on the rest of it...cue "Desperado" music here!!!
To my astonishment, he gave me the thumbs up after he said he didn't think it would be possible.
What??? Was he kidding? As discreetly as possible, standing in the front window in the front of the store, I had almost removed it all by myself before I even asked the big question! He gathered two more Hoss-size guys and we all headed to the front of the store. Thankfully, it came out easily with a little help from the A-team!
I was giddy with my newly discovered negotiating skills as I made my way to the check out line. Now, it appeared that the dismantling of the old piano had taken it's toll on the woman behind the register! She just whined on and on...and ON! What I did next even surprised me! I told her that I would have the boys put the panel back if she wanted to purchase the old broken down, toothless thing for herself.
Well, of course she had no intention of buying it and she obviously had never payed for a piano to be tuned and I'm pretty sure the lack of 60% of the old ivories would have just driven that price way on up there. So, I smiled as I counted out my money and walked out with an incredible decorative panel that will soon be transformed into a beautiful something or other!!! Right now, I am definitely thinking lighter, maybe something painted inside the oval. I am sure it will come to me in a dream tonight or maybe one of you dears will have a suggestion or two.
In dire need of cleaning, sanding, and some paint,
I think she is going to be absolutely divine when she is finished.
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