Saturday, May 21, 2011

Costco Dresser

Musings on Furniture

Who can recall the creation of the first bureau, commode, the first bed post or spindle back chair, the first bachelors chest, hewn from mahogany or hickory? To be sure, some historian could... but not I.

The evolution of the things we sleep on, sit on, lay on, hang up and fold down... in other words, furniture... I am sure is a fascinating tale. When did they discover that dovetail drawer joints were the strongest? When did glue and nails and screws begin to be used instead of just dowels and exactness ?

My parents have a desk in their office that they bought in Europe. It came from a Monastery and was estimated to be 400 years old. If you run your fingers over the carvings you wouldn't believe how beautiful they feel and look. This thing is perfectly built, and bears no sign at all of age. It will last forever.

So why the long rambling diatribe?

I bought a dresser from Craigslist the other day. I nice little white dresser with missing knobs and some wear. The woman bought it at Costco. It was the antithesis of the monastery desk. But you know? Costco makes a good dresser. Solid, strong, heavy and all the drawers were intact, ready for ten more years of faithful service.

400 years? I think not. But there is something to be said for well made, affordable furniture you can buy on the corner, not the other side of the Atlantic. And also not have to suffer through a spring vacation to Paris.

Here she is, only after...


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