Treasure Hunting Tuesday: A Dream Find

October 14, 2014

When looking for a vintage treasure, there are good finds and then there are great finds.  I’ve only come across a few really, really great finds and today I’m sharing one of those– a nearly mint condition Drexel campaign dresser.

I love campaign furniture.  Like really love it.  Finding it in Utah is pretty difficult but finding quality campaign furniture is more than difficult.  It like never happens.  At least not for me.  And believe me folks, I’ve looked long and hard.

That’s why when I spotted this beauty on an online classified site (KSL.com for you locals), it was worth the 45 minute drive to another county to pick it up.  Not a scratch, I tell you.  It’s solid wood, heavy, and though it is small, it’s perfect for Ruby’s future big girl room.  I paid $120 for it.

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*Tip: solid wood furniture often has the brand of the maker on the inside of one of the drawers.


I plan to paint it, but for now it will remain carefully packed in storage until I plan the rest of her new room.

Next up this vintage milk glass cake plate.  I have a thing for milk glass.  And for cake plates.  So naturally, this was a no-brainer.  I picked up this beauty at an estate sale for $30.  The thing weighs a ton– no hollow glass here.


It’s my new favorite and if you come to my house during the holidays, expect to see it in use with a big, moist chocolate cake (have I mentioned how much I loathe the word moist?  Bleh).

 Up tomorrow I’m sharing one of the projects I used for the BHG Stylemakers Challenge.  I love it very much and friends, it’s simple and cheap– fist pump!


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  1. What an awesome find! I have been on the hunt for years and can’t find a quality piece like that 🙁 I’m not giving up though

  2. Tisha Welday says:

    I totally understand painting furniture that needs work. But sometimes when people say they are going to paint vintage or antique pieces that are in great condition I cringe. How do you make the decision of to paint or not to paint?

    • Jen says:

      Hi Tisha– thanks for reading! I know people have a tough time with painting vintage furniture sometimes, but I always ask myself would I put it in my home as is. The answer to that is no. I wouldn’t use it in that color, therefore, it meeds to be painted. As long as it’s done the right way, I think it makes a piece that more valuable. Hope that helps!

      • Danielle says:

        I totally see both sides of this… BUT given that this piece have nary a scratch, maybe you have the opportunity to make a few bucks! Perhaps you could keep your eye out for one in more damaged condition, paint that one, and then resell this one for ~$200-300, which is more what I think of this piece as being worth! Just my two cents!

  3. Yolonda says:

    What a fing. I can’t wait too see the dresser later. And I love a good cake pedestal.

  4. sarah dorsey says:

    That campaign dresser is amazing, it looks brand new!! Love the milk glass cake stand too 🙂

  5. Catherine says:

    I have been on the hunt for a good quality campaign dresser as well. That is most definitely a GREAT find! Love the cake plate also. I have quite the collection of milk glass and left a cake stand in a thrift store last week (I really have no more room for any more!). It had a much lower pedestal on it though so I don’t feel too bad about it. 🙂

  6. dreamy finds! love that cake stand!

  7. Rebecca says:

    I have to come out of my lurkdom to say, my oldest daughter hates the word “moist” as well! It was a bad idea for her to tell anyone, because my 12 and 9 year-old boys start saying, “Moist, moist, moist…” anytime they want to bug her. So funny someone else hates that word! Did you just cringe when you had to read it on the news?? Ha!

    Love the dresser. Those come available only every so often here in Boulder, Co. Love the one Sarah Dorsey painted white! Everything she touches is magic! So fabulous! http://sarahmdorseydesigns.blogspot.com/2014/06/white-brass-campaign-dresser-game.html

    Back to lurking…. 🙂

  8. Melissa says:

    You find the best stuff! I’m in love with milk glass, too! I have a little collection of it myself! I knew I liked you, Jen!

  9. What an amazing find Jen. Love the hardware on this piece. Its just gorgeous. Ive been looking for a few vintage pieces with no luck yet, but Im hopeful my Chinese Chippendale chair will pop up soon.

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