Right before I hauled it off to Goodwill, I penned my last words on it. Directly on it. I wrote "Thank you for the words" on its underside as my final act of gratitude.
I looked around at a number of adorable antique/used/consignment furniture stores (way out of my price range, and seriously who needs a $6,000 desk???). I looked online at the usual places (CB2, West Elm, Amazon even) and realized any desk I could order online looked like it was meant for merely decorative purposes, or worse, an office cubicle. That's when I decided I really wanted a desk that was formerly loved, had stood the test of time and had a bit of story to it. Enter Craigslist.
It took a few weeks of looking and emailing, but I finally found one today. And it was one of the most pleasant Craigslist experiences I've ever had: everyone was available, on time, Zipcar had a car I could use, Dan helped me load it, and most of all, it's super stinking cute, and cost me a mere $50.
It's Tiffany blue, per the former owner's taste. I too am a freak for Tiffany blue, but might have to repaint it a brickier orange color at some point if it ends up living in the front room, just to blend with the strange apocalyptic fireplace and red-brown furniture. That's okay, I'm a freak for a brickier orange color too.
Delighted am I! I can't wait to sit at it and pull a pen out of the drawer to script a story. Or browse online for a similarly adorable chair.