Feb 262014

A few months back I posted about my addiction to on-line Estate Sales.  Recently I vowed to myself I would NOT BID on anything until I clear out much of what I  have.  But OMG, I don’t seem to be able to control it!  Is this an indication of some sort of disorder?  I fear it may be!  Regardless, I bid and acquired 8 side / occasional tables for $160.  Hmmm…. $20 per table may not be profitable in the end but, ah they were so sweet! 

When I look in the garage and my workshop, I think I should change my name to “Side Table Joanie”!!  I have far too many side table / bed side tables to work on!!  I fear I am a hoarder of sorts but according to the MAYO Clinic, I am not!  Apparently, I am more of a collector

It’s important to note that hoarding is different from collecting. People who have collections, such as stamps or model cars, deliberately search out specific items for their collections. Collectors often categorize their items and carefully display them. Hoarders, on the other hand, will save random items they encounter in their daily life and store them haphazardly in their homes or surrounding areas.
Mayo Clinic website

Well that’s good news!  Back to my latest stash….


Most of what I acquired this past weekend is very much the Bombay Company style and some pieces are from there.  The previous owners obviously liked the look.  Everything needs attention of some sort.  Maybe not the best bargain but they all have great  potential!

set of 4-1

Four tables: 2 matching pie crust, one drum and one shelved.

The two pie crust tables and the shelved table are from Bombay Company.  Their furniture seems to hold some of its value due to their practical size and classic style.  Still, don’t people get bored of mahogany?  I do.  So maybe a mix of wood and paint.  We’ll see.


half moon

Half Moon Console table.  I love these tables.

This is another piece from the Bombay Company.  These demi-lune tables are so classic and practical.  Lots of potential to add some real interest to an entrance or hall.  It could even be a small desk … a laptop station.


set of 3

Three Tables:  Marble topped pedestal,
tiny with a tray pull out
and a vintage open shelf with drawer.

The marble topped table has some faint stains.  I am currently trying a technique to remove them.  I will post my success or failure at a later date.  It is a very study table and I think cleaning up the marble and painting the base will make it very special.  The square table is teeny tiny!  It is very Bombay Company-ish.  It has a little tray that pulls our for drinks or in these days, a smartphone LOL.   The side table is quite interesting too, with the open part at the top and the drawer at the bottom.  I love the fret work at the back of the top.


Do you think this was a good haul for $160? 

Was I compulsive or smart to snatch them up? 
I would love to hear what you think? 

Regardless, they all have great possibilities and this is a HOBBY / business so …

Can I make them

Nicer Than New?

I think so!


  26 Responses to “Collecting or Hoarding?”

  1. I think those are some great tables. I’m also glad to know I’m a collector and not a hoarder. Thanks for linking to TTF!

  2. I am very glad to know I am not a hoarder too! The thrill of the hunt is very hard to keep at bay. I have a very hard time stopping myself too. And don’t get me started on tables! I must paint 5 tables for every other type piece.

  3. Wonderful tables…you did great for your money.

  4. Before I answer your questions, Joan, let me release a HUGE sigh of relief–you’ve confirmed it! I, too, am NOT a hoarder!! LOL. I, too, seem to be addicted to tables–even large dining tables–but I don’t re-sell them…so I have to control my desires there. I think you did great. There’s always a need for the right table, especially as a side table. I can’t imagine a chair or sofa without a table next to it, to set your coffee, or book, or tea on, plus a lamp! 🙂 Go your merry way with your tables and enjoy them! ~Zuni

    • Zuni: I think the Mayo Clinic comparison is a big sigh of relief for a number of people out there. Still, compared to a few years ago, when I could park in my half of the garage, I do sort of look like a hoarder! I am currently assessing and working on some of the tables I picked up and damn! they are so darn cute! Thanks for dropping by!

  5. I think that’s a great deal! Side Table Joanie…that’s awesome! Yes I get tired of all the wood tones and need a little paint! 😀

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  7. I’d say you did very good !!!
    I struggle with this issue too – terrified I may end up one of those people on those hoarding shows LMHO –

  8. Most definitely NOT hoarding — I think you did very well for that price to get these great pieces!

  9. side table joanie, that’s funny. you have a beautiful hoard.

  10. Most excellent “collection.” I would love a couple of those tables. ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

  11. I have this same affliction. I love tables, chairs, basically anything that I can see the potential in that others can’t. My favorite right now is your last picture of the side table with the opening and drawer in the lower. I love the lines and am looking for something like this to put my printer in! Don’t know where you are but probably not close to me, Quincy, IL

  12. I think we need to find a different word…Hoarding sounds like we throw it in a corner and never give it love.

    I think Adoption is a much better word! We are adopting it and giving lovelies a new home….and if you saw my dish collection you might say I’ve adopted a hoard…..LOL

  13. So glad you put in the difference between a collector and hoarder, makes me feel better! I’m sure you can do something with those tables. Best of luck to you! -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com
    History & Home link party, Tue-Fri, weekly

  14. I’m really cheap and resell mine, so I probably wouldn’t have paid that much for the tables, and because I don’t live in a higher cost of living location. Now, if I was keeping them, then they were a steal!! Some of the larger pieces can help to make up the difference for the smaller ones.

  15. Nice job in adding to your collection! I’m excited to be starting work tomorrow morning on an end table I acquired. Hooray for end tables because I can practice painting techniques, stenciling, mod podge images . . . anything I can think of. I saw your link at Amaze Me Mondays. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey

  16. Why does your link to Bombay Company go to a site selling liquor? I like the drum table – want one for myself. I got a cheap $55 round table online that isn’t real wood and I like it a lot, but I still want a real drum table. We never get such good bargains around here. Visiting from The Shabby Nest Frugal Friday.

    • Jan, that is so funny! I didn’t know it was re-routing it to the gin site. Thanks for letting me know! Thanks for stopping by!

  17. These are all fabulous tables, I couldn’t pass up one either. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  18. I love all of your purchases. What a great price for all of those tables. I am glad you shared the difference between a collector and a hoarder. I love accessories and tablescapes!! This year I just say I am in the aquiring stage as my daughter is getting married this summer then all of the holidays will just creep up on me. So I now know I am a collector. Everything I purchase has a purpose for being used “one day” when the right occassion calls for it. Enjoy your tables!

  19. OMG. I “collect” side tables, too. But according to your definition it sounds like hoarder is more accurate because my back room is stuffed to the gills with small tables, folding wooden chairs (aren’t they great?) and various tables, side tables, etc. Anyway, this post is so funny. My sister is addicted to online tag sales in her town also. Me, not so much because I’m all tabled up… I bought 3 coffee tables last year, promptly broke one and didn’t fix it and now I’m working on a $25 one that is magnificent – doesn’t need a thing. Of course, we’ve scratched it all up in the few months we’ve had it… uh, oh, time to get on the tag sale online and get a new one. Thanks for posting and sharing. You are toooo funny. Linda

  20. Ooooh, lovely finds. I want a pie crust table or two to paint!

  21. Looks like a good haul, I like that half table as a laptop station too! Also thanks for letting me know I am a collector, not a hauler. I will inform everyone now.

  22. You did good! Can never have too many little tables to sprinkle here and there!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY…

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