My Husband the Picker

My husband's favorite show is American Pickers. He is always telling me he could totally quit his job and pick for a living. Since we don't actually have time for traveling around the country picking through people's barns, John spends a lot of time scanning Craigslist. His dedication finally paid off and he found something really awesome for a reasonable price. 

Behold, John's card catalogs from the Library of Congress!




John, literally, brought me my camera and asked me to post these pictures so you guys could see. He did have to twist my arm into getting these. They are huge and, yes, we do have two entire ones. Plus they need a lot of work. And our New Years's resolution was to save more money and this isn't exactly in alignment with that goal.

My plan is to redo them both and sell one of them. That's not exactly John's plan, but we seriously don't have room for both. 

So what do you think. Did John do a good job?

Here's an example of what we may do.

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9 comments:

Dianna said...

Those are awesome! What are you going to do to them? Just repaint or something?

The Loops said...

They all break up into separate pieces. so we were thinking of doing two side by side and putting it on some type of pedestal and making it a tv stand. We are going to sand them down and paint them a teal color with a brown glaze.

Amie {Kitty Cats and Airplanes} said...

He so would make you take a picture and post it!

Dianna said...

cool! i love the example you added!

Dianna said...

aka feel free to give me any part of it you don't want ;)

Maria @ Craft Crazy Mom said...

I love those card catalogs and think your idea of possibly turning them into a media stand is brilliant. Thanks so much for stopping my blog!

. said...

John did a GREAT job! I love the look of the card catalog. I would have never considered redoing it in white, but the one you show in the picture is gorgeous. :)

Julie said...

We used to have one of these card catalogs. You'll be surprised how handy those drawers are.

I love the idea of painting them. And yes tell John he did a GREAT job getting them.

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Wow! What a Cragslist find! I'm so jealous. I would definitely do the white.