busted - the back story


Last weekend we purchased this cabinet at Sage Street Antiques, which is owned by the very sweet Eliza Werner. This shop is located in
Sag Harbor and was made famous by a segment on Martha Stewart's original show. The selection and prices are very good and there is always a line to get in. Rain or shine, you will see the same people every weekend.

We're pretty much at the end of the line when it comes to collecting as space has become an issue in our current place. We don't want to end up on Clean House, but we still always find something in this shop (the vase and owl night light on top of the cabinet are from there, too). Collectors usually guard their sources like gold, but I encourage everyone to go there and buy everything you can! Save us from ourselves as we can't resist! Hence, this post.

Now, we need this cabinet like a hole in the head, but when I walked into the store and saw it, I knew it was going to be mine (assuming it could fit in the back seat of our car). It was love at first sight and the only reason I'm even writing about it is because I've never seen anything like it. I wasn't sure about the pink, but it has the coolest gold pin striping, so pink it will stay.

Those of you who read our blog might remember that a couple of days ago I was re-organizing my fabric stash and spread it all out. Scott was surprised by how much I had and was already referred to me as "Purl Patchwork II". I was surprised, too. But, I almost always purchase only a 1/4 yard of fabrics, so it's kind of just a lot of choices rather than quantity. At least that's what I tell myself ;).

So, this is how my organizational capabilities have evolved -



I used this beautiful Purlbee color wheel as a guide and must admit that I really like to arrange the fabrics and fuss with them endlessly. It's neat to get a sneak peak through the drawer fronts, too. And, I'm happy to see that my photo quality improves from the beginning to the end, but it still has a long way to go.

We don't know what this cabinet was originally used for, so if anyone has any idea, please let us know. Now, time to get crafty.

Photo Credit : Cindy from beginning to end

28 comments:

Gayle said...

Gosh! That is so cute how could you NOT buy it!

Krissy said...

that's really amazing miss organization! and so pretty too :)

Laura said...

lovely!
at first glance, the peeking fabrics look like one long piece of fabric across the drawer. (did that make any sense at all?)
anyway...
beautiful organization!

quaint handmade said...

thanks ladies! we had to rearrange a few things in order to find a space for it and even got rid of a few (that's a good thing).

i think it's going to be a challenge to keep it so neat, but we'll see how it goes ;)!

c

Hazel said...

Wow! That's a pretty nifty bit of organization!!

Such a cute cabinet.

quaint handmade said...

thanks hazel!

diana @ please sir said...

Wow - what a find - wonderful!

quaint handmade said...

hi diana - my immediate response when i saw the cabinet was "i don't care what i have to get rid of i must have that cabinet!" as with all vintage stuff, it's just luck and i did get rid of a table.

UNIFORM Studio said...

beautiful. Now you can't use any of the fabrics -it will spoil the display:)
xo

quaint handmade said...

you might be right martha! i'm already thinking i should work on watercolors for a while, or buy a new camera so i can spend countless hours trying to figure out how to use it ;).

Jennifer Paganelli said...

so nice to meet you loving this storage..I have something very similar will have to blog one day but for now thanks so much for coming by love meeting new peeps..Jennifer

quaint handmade said...

i would love to see your cabinet jennifer!

pia said...

i love this cabinet!

Spanz said...

I cant wait to make my own organized stash draw..!!
im always coming up with new concepts for storing my beads and my papers and soon enough i will get onto the fabric side of things!!
Thanks for sharing- it looks sooo enticing!!

candiedfabrics said...

This is just great! So now, every time you use a piece of fabric, you HAVE to replace it with a new one, so these drawers always look great ;-)

Candy in CA

quaint handmade said...

thanks pia!
spanz yay!
candied fabrics - i love the way you think and will use it if scott gives me the stink-eye when i "feel" i need new fabric ;)!

Celia said...

Adorable! This cabinet is just adorable. Will love to just seat in front of it and enjoy all the colors and patterns in the fabric!
Lovely!

quaint handmade said...

thank you celia!

adwoa said...

i love this love this love it! do you know anything more about what style of cabinet/dresser this is or what it might be called?

i am moving into a new apartment in october and doing this project (twig-by-twig.blogspot.com); it would be incredible if i could find something that was gorgeous and did double duty as effective storage!

please let me know.

quaint handmade said...

hi adwoa - thank you and i'm off to visit your blog now. unfortunately, we don't know much about the cabinet other than it's vintage - 1950s/60s?.

MARICHELLE said...

I LOVE IT!!! It's beautiful, I can't wait to own a house so I'll have lots of room for beautiful furniture like this one!

quaint handmade said...

hey marichelle - you'll get that house!

chiara said...

I'm green with envy! I love the cabinet as much as I love all your fabric!

danielle said...

Your cabinet reminds me very much of a bra cabinet from Victoria's secret.

quaint handmade said...

thanks chiara and danielle your comment made scott really happy ;)!

Kay said...

oooohh....aaaahhhh....a pink cabinet AND yummy fabrics. What could be better??

quaint handmade said...

thanks kay!

handmadebyclairebear.com said...

I love this idea of storing fabric by colour in a chest of drawers and have blogged about it here (http://handmadebyclairebear.com/2012/07/15/stuff-that-hasnt-been-put-way-properly/

Love your blog
Claire from HandmadebyClaireBear