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The Hardware Cabinet - part 1 by Will Myers

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Will Myers

One thing my wife I have both always enjoyed to do together is visit antique shops. I am always on the lookout for old tools and furniture.

I do pick up an occasional tool, but as far as furniture goes, I am more in the market for the inspiration old furniture has to offer than actually wanting to own it.

If I see a piece that interests me the store owners are usually happy to let me take photos and measurements (always ask permission first!). All in all we rarely buy much on these trips, just the occasional interesting trinket or old saw.

The hardware cabinet turned up on one of our Saturday antique hunts. Most stores we visit I have a routine way of looking around.

I usually walk thru fairly quickly looking over the different booths and displays to see if there is anything interesting. If there is something I like I will take some time to look it over, if not, I will go look for Cheryl, my wife.

She is generally at the first or second booth at this point. So now, I go on lap two around the store because my wife is quite thorough and it’s going to be awhile, might as well do something to pass the time. Waiting on a woman.

This imposed patience is not always a bad thing. I saw the cabinet on the first lap but really did not comprehend what is was. The part of the shop it was in was dimly lit, and it was partially blocked from view by other stuff. On the second lap around the store, not in so much of a hurry, I noticed the writing “10 Penny” on one of the drawers. I stopped.

After moving some stuff and looking at the other drawers I could see that it was an old hardware cabinet. Each of the drawers were labeled with hand painted lettering. I set down on the floor in front of it and really checked it out, just reading the drawer labels was an experience in itself.

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