Acts of kindness


A recent gift from a neighbor

Generosity abounds around me. I am still surprised by the wonderful people who associate with those of us living in this apartment building. I am now the recipient of free space to sell my restored finds in.
I’m not sure if I ever told you about the single story addition on the north end of my apartment building. Back when this was a mom and pop hotel the addition was a restaurant. The couple offered travelers delicious home-style meals. I miss those days.

When the building was converted to apartments that section of the building was finished as office space. There are two businesses which fill those spaces.

I was given this picture of my painted basket to share with you.

I was given this picture of my painted basket to share with you.

One of those businesses is a full-service notary. The woman who works there has become friends with many of us living here. I happened to run into her Saturday afternoon, she was on her way out but stopped to share her plans for the day and ask about mine. I told her I would be working on some furniture. Somehow through our past conversations this had never come up before.

Besides rocks we've found building materials like the plumbing parts buried in the fields as we dug our garden plots.

Besides rocks we’ve found building materials like the plumbing parts buried in the fields as we dug our garden plots.

She then made me the offer of selling my furniture from the empty space in her office. She made this offer because she feels it’s not safe to allow strangers to come to your home. But as we talked about it we realized that if I can keep enough pieces in there to attract interest it will bring more business for her and spread the word that I am willing to take items someone might have soon put at the curb for trash pick up.

Need to get to this soon.

Need to get to this soon.

I have a few pieces close to finished, by Wednesday her now empty room will be comfortable and inviting. I will show you the completed bankers chair tomorrow, which will look so nice paired with this table.
Here’s the before of my coffee table.

And I thought this only needed a good sanding.

And I thought this only needed a good sanding.

After much sanding, wood putty to hide the four-lettered words deeply gouged into the wood along with many other purposely destroyed areas, here’s what that table now looks like.

Better than new.

Better than new.

I came up with all kinds of things I wanted to do to this table to make it unique, but realized the goal wasn’t to allow myself to attempt to be an artist but to give this table a new home. By adding more to it I would have narrowed the attractiveness of this table and made selling it quickly a little harder to do. A simple white with a couple clear coats of polycrylic should be attractive to more people. So white it is.

Did I mention the space I was so generously offered is free? That’s right, she will not accept any money from me for using her office space, nor do I need to be there during office hours. She will call me when a sale is made.

How was your weekend? What small act of kindness came your way recently?

22 thoughts on “Acts of kindness

  1. What an amazing transformation you’ve done on the coffee table Lois, it’s hard to believe it’s the same piece. You must be so excited about your little store, how lovely of your neighbour and what fun you will have!

    • I love the coffee table but its the bankers chair I adore, I’ll be sad to see it go. I keep considering keeping it and selling a different chair instead. 😊

      I am excited to have a place to sell from. I don’t like having strangers come to my home.

    • No, there is no separation between the two rooms so my working in there would be disruptive to her business and customers, that being said in okay with working from my apartment. When the weather cooperates I can work outside, and my son inherited a detached shed when he bought his house that he doesn’t use for much so items waiting for me to work on can be stored there.

    • I am so glad you have a lovely and supportive neighborhood, it makes life so much nicer. I always feel badly when I find myself in areas that are no longer safe and/or people stay hidden indoors all the time.

  2. I think good people attract good from others – and you’re the perfect example. Can I applaud you too on your restraint – it’ll definitely appeal widely as a white table, without any embellishments, cause it’s probably competing with Ikea and other cheap and minimalist retailers, who loves pretend wood (chipboard) in all white. Hope this goes wonderfully for you!

    • Thank you Sarah, that was my thought as well. Fortunately this is solid wood, no chipped wood or cheap materials so I’m hoping it will find a good home. I’ll be sure to update everyone on how this arrangement works as time goes on.

    • Elaine, I had never thought about asking to use the extra room, but yes I think this can be a very good thing for both if us. It’s true that I hate having strangers come to my home to pick things up from Craigslist and usually wake my son to be here, which isn’t fair to him.

  3. Wow, that is wonderful! You will be able to complete a LOT more projects, now that you have a venue from selling them.

    Your apartment complex sounds like it has a wonderful sense of community. We really need more places like that.

    • Bethany, I am so excited because yes I’ll be able to do more pieces now and not have finished pieces filling up the apartment.

      It is one of my wishes that everyone could find this type of community where they live.

    • Thank you, Katherine. I am already having fun just planning what to put in there and how to make it appear inviting. The interior decorator has come back to life😊

  4. How exciting that you have a space to sell your reclaimed things. Once the word gets around, I bet that you will have more business than you can handle and more things will find a loving home instead of trash pile.

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