I don’t know about you, but I can’t tell you the number of times that I have received a heart’s desire and I haven’t even brought it before God. You know, that something we would so love to have, but isn’t terribly practical, is too expensive, or just plain silly to want it. Has that ever happened to you? For me it was the desire for an antique pew.
A few months ago, I was longing to change up my decor, but not really wanting to spend a penny. My answer to that is always “sell what you got to pay for what you want”. It’s a win-win way to do it. I mean, you get rid of something that you’re tired of and replace it with something you’d like to have, right?
I had a wicker bench that I had bought at Goodwill for $12. Score! It was a natural color with hunter green accents, and matching cushion. Over time, my kids had worn the cushion cover so much that I had to sewn a new one, but the entire set was still in great shape.
We used that bench as a place to sit and take off shoes, carry on a conversation while dinner was cooking, and a time-out spot for unruly children. ahem. I decided to sell my wicker bench and got $30 for on Craigslist (YES, $30 after 5 years of use and only paying $12 originally…LOVE it!!)
Not that I needed one, but I seriously was searching for an old pew to replace that wicker bench. I came across an antique chippy white beauty on Craigslist for only $20 and I quickly called up the owner and set a time for pick up.
It was very primitive and plain, and about 5 ft. long. Having been stood up before, I always call before I leave to meet someone because ain’t nobody got time for that. Guess what, the man’s wife had sold the pew without him even knowing it. I was crushed. I really don’t get too fussy about things, but for some reason the tears flowed a bit because I thought I would never find another within my budget and has a few other stresses at that time. It was like the icing on the cake…know what I mean?
So…I don’t usually request items on Freecycle, but rather offer my things instead. This time, I requested that if anyone had a church pew they were willing to sell or trade for, I’d love to have it. I figured I’d get no response or an offer for a modern-looking oak type – boring.
Do you know my expectations were met beyond what I could have ever asked for?
Can you believe I got this for FREE!! Imagine the stories it could tell…
The super-nice lady had bought it at auction and brought it home, only to be face-down in the mud for years in her yard. AAAAGGH!!
I graciously accepted this free item sight-unseen, having no idea what I would be getting. I did know that she fostered children, and as a surprise, I decided to give them a Little Tykes climber we had to say thank you.
When my husband returned home after picking up the pew, and backed in the driveway, I was a bit nervous because I had no idea what I’d be getting.
Needless to say I was floored! Even in its ugly state this 7 ft. beauty made my heart swell with thankfulness.
So sad this gorgeous piece had been left for so long covered in dirt and animal hair, but it has potential! Just look at those intricate carvings….drooling…
All it needs is a little TLC and it will be looking soooo good.
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After a good cleaning, you can believe that the wood was so absolutely parched and needed moisturizing. That’s when Linseed Oil
(boiled linseed oil, to be exact) comes to the rescue!! I love how a basic oil can create such a beautiful restoration in minutes. Just grab some gloves and a soft rag and rub in generous amount in the direction of the grain. You will see results in seconds. Then, after you’ve allowed the oil to soak, just take a clean rag and wipe off any excess.
It’s best to let the linseed oil really “cure”in a garage or other covered space because that stuff is stinky! But once you see the results of a simple application, you can’t deny its awesomeness.
Hard to believe the previous owners’ animals had chewed on it and it was left for dead, but I didn’t care…still gorgeous!
The back is almost better than the front…look at the intricate ironwork.
The hymnal holder along with the offering envelope holder (which I believe was added at a later point).
At first, I had no idea as to what the circular piece of iron would have been used for. My mother thought maybe a place for a lady to stick her gloves or to hang a parasol/umbrella.
Then, I asked around and got my answer from a Facebook group member, Angela Bell Wittrock: I WAS used for a parasol, umbrella or a cane. My mother was RIGHT! (aren’t they always?) You can read more about the history here
Amazing difference, isn’t it?
Needless to say, I was happily blessed and believe that God loves to give us the desires of our heart. Even when the request never passes over our lips.
The first pew I cried over paled in comparison to this one. So feeble to get upset – lesson learned! My mother likes to call these instances “God winks”. Perfect description, don’t you think?
How about you? Have you had any sweet pleasure presented to you when you least expected it? We’d love you to share and bless others.
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