Our new house is different in style from our last home, which was a newly built, craftsman-esque style home (you can see it here). This home is more traditional so we sold quite a bit of furniture with the home to make the move easier. I also knew with the size and shape of our new kitchen (and because of some stairs/door access) that a round table would make more sense. I found this vintage glass table at the Luckett’s Spring Market and today thought I’d share some pictures of it, getting this set home was an experience I’ll never forget!
Thankfully I have friends that are up for an adventure and are very patient! I have been helping my friend Wendi with the decisions for their kitchen remodel (they own a home that part of it dates back to the late 1700’s, I’ll ask if I can show some pictures 🙂 ) so in that process we decided to attend the opening day of the Luckett’s Spring Vintage Market for some new finds for her home. Another friend joined us and we turned into a girls’ day out. It was such a fun day, but boy, it was HOT! Luckett’s now holds the event at a fairgrounds and has so many vendors, honestly we couldn’t even cover all the booths in a day.
I had a few items I was on the lookout for, namely a round kitchen table (though not necessarily chairs) as the buyer of our home had requested to buy our Aldridge table in our breakfast room. I’d been looking online for something new but most seemed to be several months out. I specifically wasn’t looking for this style table, though I did want a 60″ table so I could seat our five family members comfortably. We’d had a smaller round table previously and it just never felt big enough for us all.
I know that this set is probably not everyone’s taste–I don’t know if it’s because I am a child of the 80’s (my guess is that was about when it was made?) or my deep desire to be living in Florida as it gives me retro-Florida sunroom vibes but I really liked the style and the size of the table and especially the chairs. They are SO comfortable. We took a long break from walking around in the heat and made sure we tested just how comfortable they were!
We all agreed it was a very fair price for such a large table with six chairs, and after some negotiating for all the chairs and the glass top and iron base, the set was mine. At Luckett’s once you pay you pass your ticket off to some strong movers and they come and haul your furniture purchases to a pick up area. So after I paid, we went back to shopping, then toward the end of the day went to grab my friend’s truck to cart it all home.
To make a long story short, we didn’t think about the glass for the top of the table, which weighed several hundred pounds, until we went to load it. These guys spent over an hour with us, helping us arrange and rearrange until we could get it all to fit. We only had a few items to tie it all down with too, which made it all more challenging as we were not anticipating buying anything this substantial. The market was closing, delivery wasn’t available and there wasn’t another option we had to make it fit to haul it home! As it grew later, we were hot, tired and even some of the loading help gave up on us and moved on. I am so lucky that my friends were patient and supportive, even as my anxiety of “what have I bought” grew, they kept me laughing.
Not the best picture of me, but it captures the punchiness we were feeling as we finally got it all to fit and secured. Somehow we made it home and the table glass didn’t break! There were definitely many people sending us dirty looks on the highway as we crept down the road below the speed limit in an effort to keep everything intact. We stopped to pray before setting off, and were watching out the windows to make sure a chair didn’t sail off the back of the truck during the entire hour long ride home.
My friend Wendi made the best point as we drove home, and it really stuck with me. She said, this will be a fun memory (we still laugh about it!), she said if everything had gone smoothly you would probably have just forgotten about it. It’s these events that you keep, the ones you remember not because they were easy but because of the challenge. Laughing about it all helped too, and while I am happy with the table the its really the fun of the memory that make it all the more special to me!
So that is the story of our new table and chairs. It is really perfect in our breakfast room, the windows have a nice view and the room get lots of sunshine, so I sit here throughout the day when I am on my computer, when I am drinking my coffee in the morning and of course we eat our meals here. I know we’ll appreciate it, and I will appreciate the memory of getting it, for years to come.