Wednesday, September 26, 2012
I Was Just Lucky Enough Yesterday To Pick Up This Lovely Bassett (95% Possitive) Cross Leg Coffee Table. Haven't Had A Chance To Clean It Up But It's Gonna Be Smashing! Status: Late Night Pickup.
This was Certainly a hot item on craigslist last night. While I was giving the table the once over the seller was giving the unfortunate news to another would be buyer by phone...at like 11pm! The seller was kind enough to see me after work and they were located all the way over in Lebanon Il., nearly 30 miles from downtown St. Louis.
I felt a little bad for the other potential buyer but I guess I got a-hold of the sellers first. This
time I didn't make any "over offer" either. I just sent a text to the number on the ad as soon
as I saw it. After a few texts back and forth (it's very loud where I work) we had an
appointment set for after work. This is why I sometimes offer a seller a few extra bucks. I
work evenings until 10pm and most sellers aren't home to show an item before I go to work.
An extra $10 or $20 goes a long way to convincing a seller to see me at 10:30pm. Some
have said that my offering more for an item isn't fair to other buyers, to which I say...it's the
only way I can level the playing field!
But back to this coffee table. There aren't any hints on the bottom as to what manufacturer
made it but I did see a table just like this along with a side table with drawer that were listed
as being by Bassett. The side table's drawer probably had the stamp inside and it's style was
a match to this table so I'm fairly confident in the ID. It's a mess still but check out the walnut
veneer. Nice book matching too, right?
But if you've been reading this blog for a while you'll know that Mr. Modtomic is a "leg man".
Hubba Hubba!!! Them's some nice Gams, don't ya know?! You might remember a similar
Heywood Wakefield coffee table that I had a while back. The style is also somewhat similar
to the Keeper set of coffee and side tables in the living room. I guess I gotta thing for crossed
leg living room tables.
Here you can see what are probably the model and finish numbers. There is a staple in the
bottom that probably had a maker tag attached but that is long gone. The legs mount up to
the top with these sturdy buttresses. I'm going to give this a good once (maybe twice) over
and get it all pretty before taking it down to my booth. I know...you're thinking "where do
you thing THAT is gonna fit?" but I've already got a plan! There's a big, mostly empty spot
under the Skylark Formica dining table that I'm pretty sure this would fill nicely! I'll probably
have to shift the desk around to make sure it's possible to get the coffee table out from under
the table, but I'll make it work. I'm nothing if not an efficient problem solver!