New Oldie Find for the Lake House - Antique Railroad Cart Coffee Table

Monday, September 21, 2015

If you follow along with me from week to week,
you might recall that Mr. Ramblings and I traveled to Hillsville, Va.,
Labor Day Weekend, to hit the Annual Flea Market and Gun Show.

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Midway through the day on Saturday,
we spotted something that has been on my "junkin' bucket list" for years!

But first, let me share a picture of the downstairs living room at the Lake House.
The coffee table, below, was left behind by the previous owners.
The glass toppers were already missing by the time it came into our possession,
but it has served the purpose for over 18 years for us.

Back to Hillsville...
my husband and I were walking around from booth to booth,
and spotted five of the antique or factory railroad carts below, in a particular booth.
All of them had a SOLD tag on them, but one.

We've been looking for one of these carts for a long time
to use as an industrial style coffee table,
but it seemed when we came across one,
 we were either driving a vehicle we couldn't transport it in,
 or it was a little too rough.

The vendor that was selling these carts,
had completely, beautifully refurbished them, including varnishing the wheels 
to prevent them from "marking" or damaging the floors in one's home.

As I was handing over the money,
another person walked up to inquire about them...
that was a close one, we were very thankful to get the last one available!

To style the cart, I just transferred what had been on the other table,
a vintage green bowl of pretty shells...

...and Weird Carolinas, by Roger Manley, that I picked up at a yard sale.
We often have comments from our vacation renters, that the book was a favorite,
which is a collection of odd folk tales, ghost stories, and strange urban myths about the Carolinas.

When Mr. Ramblings and I travel,
we're always on the hunt for unique pieces, such as the cart,
and the vintage boat motor we found several years ago,
while on an anniversary get-away to Asheville, NC,
at The Antique Tobacco Barn.

Our neighbors and family never know what we will 
roll back up home with...
and frankly, neither do we!  :)

Thanks for stopping by to visit...
Hope your week is off to a great start!


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  1. That was a wonderful find! I have yet to see one for sale anywhere in my travels. It was meant to be.

  2. Your new to you table looks great in your room!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  3. We have that on our list too! What a wonderful find. It looks wonderful with your leather couch.

  4. Hi Rhonda,
    This is lovely! Pottery Barn's got nothing on you!!!
    Love your blog...first time here but will be back...

  5. One of these industrial railroad carts is on my list also. I've seen them but refuse to pay the price they are asking...I'm trying to wait them out! :-) LOVE the look!

  6. Rhonda, your table is fabulous.

    I can't wait to show this post to my hubby. We live on a lake and he collects antique and vintage motors. He will just love this!

    Happy Fall.


  7. Great find! And it's wonderful that you both have the same taste too.

  8. Oh so cool Rhonda! But I can't take my eyes off the engine in the corner, that's hilarious!!

  9. That is one of the nicest ones I have seen. SCORE!!!

  10. My tablet wouldn't let me comment but I had to come back and tell you that I absolutely adore this coffee table! My family room would be perfect with something like this in it. I love seeing your treasures. The book is perfect for your rental too and I can see why the renters like it. Keep inspiring me with your finds!

  11. I think that is such an amazing look! I'm not sure I could pull it off in our home, but I do love the look so much!

  12. What a stunning find! I was shocked when my husband indicated he would love something like this for our coffee table. I really didn't think Mr. Conservative would go for this look. Now I'm on a hunt.

  13. That is an amazing find! Looks like it was meant to be...I love it!

  14. Oh I really love your new cart coffee table! I've always liked those. You are right that they can be hard to find. I love going to Ashville SC and will have to try to go to that store you mentioned. My sister has gone there too and said it's awesome!

  15. Love your new coffee table.....great find!!! We have one on our den that we use for our tv, ours still has the tall pieces of wood on the sides.

  16. Oh my gosh...beautiful antique!
    I wish I had a place for rustic decor in my house. I am over-committed on traditional. ha! Sheila


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