7.26.2010

Best. Find. Ever.

I love my sleep.  I'm not so nice without it.  Ask my husband.  And yet, nearly every Saturday morning February through November I will drag myself out of bed at 7 AM.  Most mornings I will hesitate and question whether I should just hit snooze for the next two hours.  Then I remember one Saturday in early spring nearly two years ago.  Like on most Saturday mornings, I struggled with getting out of bed, wishing I could just sleep in.  But for some reason or another yard sale-ing won out over sleep, and I set out in search of treasure.  

I remember not finding much to begin with and wishing I had stayed in bed.  With just an estate sale left on my list, it didn't look like my luck was going to change much.  Again after arriving at the sale, I remember wishing I had stayed in bed -- there was plenty of nice stuff, just a little pricey for my taste.

Then I saw it -- a gorgeous antique baby grand piano.  Clean lines, nice deep wood finish.  Classic.  There was a sign above it.  I remember cringing at the thought of the price that must be attached to such a gorgeous instrument.  I decided not to look, and kept shopping.  But my eyes kept coming back to the piano.  I had to know.  I casually walked over, admiring the details, the scale, everything about it.  Clearly whoever purchased this piano had great taste.  The price tag had to be way beyond my reach.  I decided to get it over with and looked at the sign.  "FREE TO A GOOD HOME."  

I just about died.  Seriously?  Free?!?  I could see that it needed some work, but I could also tell that it was a great instrument.  After confirming that the sign was legit with one of the ladies running the sale, I called my husband.  He, being the amazing guy that he is, was all for it.  I got off the phone and quickly (and very maturely, I'm sure) called dibs on it, promised to somehow pick it up the following day, admired it some more, and then forced myself to leave.

The next twenty-four hours was spent researching Kurtzmann pianos (with great results), learning how to move a piano, renting a truck with a hydraulic lift, enlisting friends to help....it was an exciting whirlwind.   


Our Kurtzmann now sits in our living room and makes me happy.  It's definitely in need of a bit of restoration, but until we finish the adoption process that will just have to wait.  For now I just dust it and dream of having it re-stringed, re-keyed, re-finished......and play my upright instead.  But it is some seriously pretty eye-candy for now.  
So yard sale-ing this weekend was a bust.  No biggie.  You never know what you'll find until you go, and some weeks you end up with gold (or a free baby grand)!    

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17 comments:

Shelia said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Britt! Oh, the piano is beautiful! How wonderful it was free! I hope you can get her fixed up quickly! :) It looks so lovely sitting in your living room.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Suzanne@Meridian Road said... Best Blogger Tips

I think you must be the only woman ON THE PLANET to get a baby grand piano for FREE!!

Congratulations!!

I'm Erica! said... Best Blogger Tips

FREE?!?!?!?! That is SO stinkin awesome!! Good for you!!

Erica
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Just A Girl said... Best Blogger Tips

In my eyes there is nothing classier than a baby grand!

Shana said... Best Blogger Tips

Ho - ly - Cow! You are one lucky bargain hunter. :)

Rachel @ Pleased as Punch said... Best Blogger Tips

I almost shed a tear over this story...that is just rapturous! And it beats the heck out of the .50 soccer shin guards I found this weekend. ;)

Deals, Steals and Heels said... Best Blogger Tips

color me super jealous!! that's amazing =)

Lovely Little Nest said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW, it's gorgeous! That is seriously an amazing find! What area do you live in that they just give Baby Grands away for free?! :p

Barb said... Best Blogger Tips

Awe.Some!

My nephew, who is a Music Teacher, recently was gifted a Baby Grand, too. A friend of one of my sisters had 2 pianos in her home she needed to find a new home for and she insisted my nephew get the Baby Grand. It took a truck and a bunch of guys to carefully move it one weekend, but it now sits in his home where he has already begun teaching his 1-year old daughter how to play it!

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, congrats! What a find!

Heather said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the piano!

I stumbled on your blog and my friend is adopting from Ethiopia as well. She should have her little girl before Christmas. She blogs about their progress here;

http://familyredefined.blogspot.com/

Playing Sublimely said... Best Blogger Tips

No way!!!!

lesteraffe said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh this made me cry! We want one so bad, but can't come near affording one. Way to go!

Britt said... Best Blogger Tips

Heather, thanks for the link. It's always fun to read about other people who are in the same process!

Barb - that is too cool! While I definitely do appreciate mine, I'm sure your nephew, as a music teacher, was over the moon about it. Cool story!

~Amy Rose said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow...what a find! It is a beauty! And I am also adoring your gorgeous sofa! Love it!!

mom2marbles said... Best Blogger Tips

wow! that's amazing. it looks great in your living room! wish i had space for a baby grand! great blog too ! :)

HeathahLee said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW!!!!! I love it when I find great stuff at great prices (and free is most definitely at the top of my list of great!). I would have done a happy dance right there! : )

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