A Furniture Piece with a Secret Past


Welcome to Deanie’s Stash, this is the place I like to share vintage finds and give you more information about those finds. If you are new here, thank you for stopping by. If you are a frequent visitor, thank you for reading this. Usually I share the “smalls” that we find but today I am going to share some furniture we have found. 

Mr. Deanie and I sell lots of furniture which typically we do not show on this website. Our plans for 2018 is to start sharing photos of the furniture we find and sell.

Looking into Mr. Deanie’s new space at South End Antique Mall in Aurora, OR.


When we found this piece at an estate sale, we were in for a surprise. We had not seen a piece like this and soon discovered it had a secret that no-one had found at the sale. We did not know for sure what it was but we bought it knowing it was a true antique. The definition of an antique is that it has to be at least 100 years old. This furniture piece has a secret past and we were going to discover what it was.

Our first thought when finding that the 2nd drawer was a bin-type of drawer was that it was an old baking table. Mr. Deanie next found that the top opened up and rotated for a larger working surface. That just might be the clue to its secret past.


After a lot of research we found that it was a sewing table from the 1860s-1870s. Prior to the introduction of sewing tables in England in 1770, women used baskets and bags for their handwork. By the early 1800s, a sewing table was a prized possession for a lady in the United States. They could now put their handiwork in this table in the parlor and work on it when they had time or even when other ladies came to call. Often ladies would work on some needlework while visiting. We discovered this piece of furniture’s secret past and we were so excited! This also could be used as a work table or game table.

This is such a beautiful piece and it is still around after 150 years. It is solidly made with square nails. We have not touched the finish and it appears to be original. This is for sale in Mr. Deanie’s new furniture space.

We have been selling antiques for 30+ years and have been in many mall spaces, eBay and conducted sales at our home. We look forward to sharing lots more vintage junk treasures and furniture.

I would like to thank Marci over at Stone Cottage Adventures for featuring my post Vintage Junk Treasures #38

Wishing you a great time finding your own vintage treasures.

Wishing you many blessings in your life in 2018.





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