We had only been in business for three months, my daughter and SIL had just sold their home, and they were in the process of moving (with a 21-month-old and a 6-month-old) into the back of the old store.
At the height of their mover's fatigue, the table that had looked like such a great find at the Salvation Army store was starting to look like a liability. As they saw it, they only had three options: 1) have the table professionally restored, which was almost out of the question for the fledgling store, which was still in "wipe a little Restor-A-Finish on it" mode 2) sell it "as is" on Craigslist or 3) literally leave it on the curb for trash pick-up.
Fortunately, my SIL got a good night's sleep and decided that there might be a fourth option. He contacted a well-known dealer on the West Coast, who agreed to take the table on consignment. As is sometimes the case in this business, the dealer had an abundance of his own pieces to sell, so he just recently listed it, but it will have been well worth the wait when the table sells.
|Handcrafted Lou Hodges dining table for California Design|
|Our almost-discarded walnut and oak Lou Hodges table|
displayed with felted folding chairs by artist Tanya Aguiñiga