The problem is, these utilitarian pieces have become very popular lately, and although I've left bids on similar items at another auction before, they have sold for huge sums, way beyond me.
But, this little chest is very battered, though basically sound, and although the main body is pine, it has a veneer top, so I hoped against hope that would keep the price low. I left my bid, and then on Sunday, I got a call to say it was mine.
Now I've got it home, I have to say it is very scruffy, even by my standards, but I love it. I can't wait for a warm, sunny day so I can take it outside, clean the musty smells away, and treat it to a thorough wax. I wasn't sure whether to strip it back, but I actually like the tone of the wood, so it can stay as it is for now.
But there must be no more furniture buying for a long time now. The house is full to bursting, and with the items that I am getting ready for my sale, I am starting to feel quite hemmed in!