It started years ago when I was a newlywed, just getting into yard sales and antiques. I was doing my usual Saturday morning thing – touring neighborhoods, looking for fluorescent poster board signs, open garages, and driveways lines with discounted treasures. I followed signs into a cul de sac and my heart sped up. In the driveway, I could see an antique wooden cart. I barely put the car in park before my feet hit the pavement and I was running towards the cart.
I frantically searched for a tag.
No price! Does that mean it’s sold? Or it was never for sale to begin with and someone was playing a cruel joke and taunting me with their antique European goat cart?
I took a breath and calmly inquired about the price of the cart. It was for sale, but it was $250. My heart sank. I was young, immature, and was still learning a lot about how the whole marriage-thing worked. I wasn’t an idiot, though, and I knew that withdrawing $250 from an ATM, buying it, and then coming home with a completely useless antique wooden cart that wouldn’t even properly fit in our apartment would not be a good move.
I sighed and walked away.
But that cart has always stuck in my antique-loving heart.
Well, over the years, and many, many shopping excursions, I have seen a few goat carts, but I never bought one. They’ve always either been on the pricey side ($250-450) or too large to be reasonable to use indoors.
And then, when I wasn’t even looking, a small and reasonably priced goat cart found me.
It was the last thing I bought at the Oronoco Gold Rush Days before the rain chased us home.
At first, I dismissed it. I was there to shop for furniture for our new house and was really trying to stay focused. I couldn’t ignore it, though. It was petite and it was in spectacular condition. It was priced at $225, but I was able to negotiate down to $190 and, based on other goat cart prices I’ve seen, that was pretty good, especially given the fully-intact condition.
I thought about it and knew I would regret not buying it. So, I counted out my cash and walked away, pulling my wooden cart behind me.
It’s just been hanging out in the dining room, but I finally pulled it out today to use for a fall photo shoot.
I always wanted a goat cart and now I have one.
I can’t wait to put a Christmas tree in it!
What is an antique piece you have always wanted?
PS – Sorry this took me so long to announce, but the winner of the Old World Kitchen giveaway is Ashley C (demureprincess)!