This is what I picked up this morning. Thank the thrift shopping stars it fit in the back of my van:
It's a steel and laminate-topped office credenza, I'm guessing from the 1950s, and was being used as a display piece in a local antique/second hand store. I love the aqua color and the size of it, which is long and narrow, like a portable counter top. It's got a few little areas of rust and one or two little chips in the laminate, but I love the shape and heft of it.
I asked the shop owner if she would sell it to me and she started with "Well, I've had a few offers on this piece before and I've always told them I wasn't going to sell it......." I thought that was it. But then she said, "I'd take $65 for it."
That was last week. She asked that I give her a week to ten to figure out new arrangements for her displays, and I said that would be just fine. We picked it up this morning, and right now it's residing in my garage.
It will become the boys/family computer desk printer home; first it will land in the front room, and then it will go downstairs in the basement once that area becomes the rec room/TV room/study room for the boys.
What I am digging most about this purchase is that I could have spent easily twice this much and more for a new computer desk that is made of chip board and plastic that falls apart in three years. This will go the distance for as long as I need it. Hooray for solid workmanship!