things I found and liked

at the Long Beach flea market this weekend:

A matching set of plaid Skyway luggage.

Also, brass:

I really, really wanted this, but I had to save my cash for my impending red carpet dress purchase:

Someone had a wonderful Chautauqua desk:

The Chautauqua Industrial Art Desk was made, as far as I can tell, by Lewis E. Meyers & Co. from the late 1800’s into the early 1900’s as a home schooling aid. With interchangeable scrolls on topics ranging from art to Christianity to, apparently, poster making, the desks were sold door to door and are now pretty rare. They featured a map on the outside of the lid:

and lots more scrolls:

I didn’t even ask what he wanted for the desk; these can go for hundreds of dollars without the base of the desk intact, and this was in what appeared to be completely unused condition. If you want one to restore, there are a couple for sale right now here, here, or nearly complete here.

in August 20, 2012

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  • jackie @ up the path August 21, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Some wonderful finds there, I particularly like the Chautauqua desk, that is a rare and interesting find. My Grandma used to have one, it takes me right back to being a kid!

    • jessica August 22, 2012 at 4:36 am

      oh wow, jackie! did she use it as a child, or did she just have one?

  • Andrea October 31, 2012 at 5:05 am

    I have an old one of those, but only the original scroll and two books. I live in Sherwood Park, Alberta and bought it at an auction to show my daughter what some used to use to learn. The one above is different – more colourful scroll. I read there were reproductions made some years ago, a few hundred. Mine definitely isn’t – very rough on the outside.

  • Andrea October 31, 2012 at 5:06 am

    I am going to sell it – along with other things I own as must downsize, simplify.

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