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There are Still Good People in This World

With all of the horrible things happening daily in the news, every now and then, we can all use a reminder that there are still good people in this world. This is my story about a very wonderful stranger I had the pleasure of meeting.

Last summer while shopping a garage sale, I purchased an awesome vintage crate. I had no real plan for it, but couldn’t just leave it sitting there. As I was walking to my car, a very nice lady who was just walking up asked if I knew if there were more of the same at the garage sale. She was looking for a few crates to use for her daughter’s vintage themed 1st B-day party. I told her I didn’t think there were, but if she wanted to buy the one I had just purchased off of me for the same price I paid, I would be more than happy to sell it to her. (As I really didn’t need it in the first place and wasn’t quite sure how I was going to explain bringing another crate in our home to my husband.) She took my offer and the crate went to a good home with an actual purpose in mind for it. As I was helping her load her car, she showed me a beautiful old bassinet she had just snagged at another sale. She was planning on using it for the b-day party as a place to put the gifts. I told her how much I loved it. We chatted for a few minutes about the b-day party plans and I shared with her that Erin and I have a blog together. She ask if I would be interested in the bassinet once she was done with it. Of course, I told her YES!

DIY Bassinet Makeover

Several months later I received this email from her:

Hi Emily-
This might sound strange, but I met you at a garage sale this summer. (You let me buy from you the crate that you just purchased.)
As we were leaving I showed you an antique pink bassinet. You gave me your website and said you might be interested in this item.
Now, months later, it’s sitting in my garage and taking up space. It is free to you if you can come pick it up.
Let me know if interested, thanks!

I had completely forgotten about the bassinet until I had heard from her. I was so excited! I made arrangements with her immediately and picked up my new bassinet.

Once I got it home, I realized the pink was pretty and all, but it didn’t exactly match the decor in my home. So, it was makeover time.

Antique Bassinet Makeover

First, I mixed up a white-wash of equal parts white paint and water. It took three coats of this concoction to rid this entire piece of pink. Honestly, I chose to white-wash it vs. painting it because I was also white-washing another project simultaneously and laziness kicked in.

Whitewash Wood Shim Christmas Tree

Finally, I let it dry and it was done. Ah, a neutral color to decorate with. Yay!

White Washed Bassinet

This basket has already had a few purposes in our home.

We used it to keep Christmas gift out of the reach of little hands. You may have seen this in our Christmas Home Tour.

Home tour antique bassenett

After that, it became storage for Christmas tissue paper, bows, and embellishments.

Currently we are using it as a planter for a few extra veggies that didn’t fit in our garden.

There are still good people in this world

I am not sure what the future will hold for this antique bassinet, but I will always hold this sweet gesture from a complete stranger close to my heart.


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