When I was growing up, I enjoyed looking through 2 storage closets my Grandma had in her house. I remember being around 10 or so, and spotting a vanity all the way in the back of one of the closets. I couldn't see too much of it, as it was hidden behind and under boxes and other storage, but I told my mom that I liked it. She said it was too old and it needed a lot of work. So I didn't get it. Then as a teen, my tastes started to shift towards a more modern look, so I quit thinking about it.
When my grandma passed away 9 years ago, furniture was the farthest thing from my mind. Within the past couple of years, my tastes in home decor have been changing again. Now I find myself drawn to older pieces that have a history. The vanity crossed my mind again, and I wished more than anything that I had it, but I figured it was probably sold or donated, and long since gone.
Last night my aunt texted me a couple of pictures. There was an old dresser and vanity. My first thought was that she had something for me to refinish and sell. But then she said they were my grandma's.
That's when it clicked that I was looking at the very same vanity that was in the back of the closet. In all these years, I've been assuming it was gone, and never thought to ask my aunt if she knew anything about it. It turns out, the vanity and a matching dresser have been at her house. And now, she's offered them to me.
The dresser looks like it's in pretty good shape, but it's hard to tell from this photo. I don't remember the dresser in the closet, but I'm sure it was back there somewhere. I love its high legs.
And here's the vanity. Apparently, it was originally my great-grandma's, who then passed it on to my grandma. My aunt remember my grandma sitting at the vanity, brushing her hair. My grandma was gorgeous, by the way! You can see her here.
It looks like it still needs a lot of work, but I'm willing to do whatever it takes to restore it.
They're manufactured by Unagusta. I did some really quick research and found out that Unagusta was a furniture company in North Carolina that folded in the mid 1930s. I'll look the pieces over for more stamps and signs when I receive them to see if I can discover anything else about them.
I can't wait until I get them! I still can't believe that they're not gone, and that they're actually going to be mine! And now, I'll not only have a few antique pieces in my room, I'll have pieces that belonged to my grandma and great-grandma, which is probably the coolest thing ever! It makes something so much more special when you have actual ties to it, so I know these pieces will be something I always treasure.
I'll definitely post more pictures as soon as I get them, but if anyone has any information on Unagusta furniture, or owns any pieces of their own, I'd love to hear about it!