If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you know I’m much too frugal to buy a brand new real wood dresser. I did some checking at Amazon and Overstock.com and found that real wood dressers are selling in the $500 to $1000 range. This gorgeous dresser was sitting in one of Mr. A’s customer’s yard, on its way into a dumpster! Mr. A asked his customer if it was going to be thrown away and the guy gave it to him. Score!
The two mirrors you see behind the dresser were also rescued from being tossed in the dump. It is just amazing sometimes the things that people throw away in lieu of having something “brand new” from IKEA or Target or Walmart.
This dresser is exceptionally well made, I expect it to last for the rest of my life, even in spite of the slight damage. I should have taken the time to repair it before bringing it in and using it, but we don’t have anywhere to store things outside and I didn’t want it to get sun damaged. In the photo you can see the decorative foot at the bottom, and the drawers slide in and out perfectly. This is not a press board, stapled together piece of furniture. Now that kind of dresser should be thrown away after several years of use because they literally fall apart.
On the top of the dresser you can see my gorilla family that Mr. A collected for me last year after Valentine’s Day. It started with one small gorilla clearance priced to sell at $2 in the floral section at Safeway Grocery. There were two or three so he bought them all. A few days later he was at a different Safeway and he found a couple more discounted. Then he found the large gorilla, which is the father, of course. A few days later he found a couple more small ones, and then the medium sized gorilla, the mother. There are nine baby gorillas, so with mom and dad that makes 11. All clearance priced.
I have organized my drawers as I always do, you can see in this post, An Awesome Way to Organize Your Dresser Drawers. This dresser, by the way, is one of the press board numbers stapled together and the drawers fall out into my hands every time I open them. Very frustrating! I’ll be glad to toss this one into the dump!
Also, if you look carefully, you can see hearts in the top of the right mirror… those are from Valentine’s Day from this year. Mr. A painted heart signs and posted them along my commute for a couple of miles. It was very sweet and romantic, and very frugal.
I love getting things for free, especially when they are as well made as this dresser.