Saturday, I sat down at the computer for a few minutes planning to check email and Craigslist. I checked Craigslist first (I've noticed that more items are posted on the weekends) for anything new and exciting. Nothing. I went to my email, weeded them out, and was just getting ready to get up when something (or rather SomeONE) told me to check Craigslist again. There it was - in the free section. "Free Antique Ice Chest". Huh!? Free? Really? Then I scrolled down a little to see if there were pictures. There were, but they were taken from a cell phone and not very good quality. It looked a little rough but, hey, I like a challenge! I called, talked to a nice young man, and he assured me it was still available and that I could come get it. I dubiously asked him, "will it fall apart when we pick it up?"
"O no", he assured me. "We pulled it out of the shed with my pick-up." I'm thinking, "ok, so it's heavy". The next thing he said was, "now is a good time because there are a few guys here to help load."
So, with DH's blessing, I got in the pickup and went to get it. When I saw it, I was a little shocked... but not too much. :) It was free, after all. I figured it couldn't be too much. I still agreed to take it and the 3 strapping young fellows began scratching their heads as to how to load it. I was wondering what their problem was - I mean, these weren't wimpy guys. They tried to pick it up, but no go. Then one of them had the idea to all 3 get on one end and lift while I backed the pick-up under it. Then they got under the other end and shoved it on. It. is. heavy. I wasn't concerned with the unloading - DH has a skid steer loader with forks. He unloaded it in no time and it's sitting in the garage. I'm not sure where it's going from here. It would be absolutely stunning if it could be restored. However, I'm not too sure it's not past the point of no return. Here's where you, my dear blogland readers, come in. I need some serious advice. Is it worth investing time in? How did it look originally? (I can't find ANYTHING like this on the 'net.) I'm willing to invest my time but what do you think? If you have any information on this type of ice chest or pictures, I would LOVE to hear from you. If you know someone (in blogland or otherwise) that would have knowledge of this piece, feel free to share this article and pictures with them.
And now for a host of pictures. I know this does not truly tell you the condition but hopefully gives you an idea.
Linking to: Furniture Feature Friday at the fabulous Miss Mustard Seed