We all have stories of "the big find" at a garage or rummage sale. How something so perfect fell right into our lap...and at a great price too.
Tonight was my night. I showed up a little early for my shift at the church rummage sale. Twice a year I hunker down with a calculator and a cash box to be the "cashier" in the furniture department. I came early with the hopes of doing a bit of quick shopping before my shift started. I had about 20 minutes to be a power shopper and look what I found!
A huge (21 x 16 inch) laminated fabric tray in "Plateau Tyrol" by Pierre Frey. With the original sticker Pierre Frey/Paris on the back! This is the kind of tray that is large enough to put on an ottoman to hold a coffee pot and several cups and saucers. This is a sturdy designer-style showpiece. Now I have wanted one of these trays for YEARS, but with a price tag of around $175, I have always talked myself out of it. You see, there is a Pierre Frey shop just around the corner from the hotel I like to stay in when I am in Paris (The Millesime). I can't tell you how many times I have stared in the shop window looking at the selection of fabric-backed trays displayed like dominoes along the window ledge.
Well tonight was my night and among the frayed and discarded rummage, I noticed one of these trays on a table in a stack of items. When I pulled it out and confirmed that it was what I thought it was, I looked at the price: $1.00. Yes, one dollar. I practically shook when I knew it was going to be mine. Now I'll have to wait a few months for it to make sense in my living room. An alpine scene just doesn't cut it in May. But I can wait. The minute the snow flies I am serving coffee on my new tray. Love it!