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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Looking at Taborets, Part Two

Ok, so the chances of my ever having one of the gorgeous WindRiver taborets are fairly slim. Even the odds of my getting one like the Best easel/taboret combination for $1200 are not very good. But there has to be something to replace my wobbly, puppy-chewed bookcase.

So, I started poking around at kitchen carts. For less than the price of the so-called taboret mentioned previously, which is really just a wheeled cart, you can get something like this:
Drawers, doors, butcher block with a drop leaf. Bigger and better than 3 metal shelves on wheels, in my opinion.

If you want to get a little fancier, you could spend almost $300 on something like this:
What's not to love? It even has a paper towel holder.

If you really want to get super-duper fancy, you can spend under $400 and get a granite top (although what you'd do with it as a palette or palette holder, I don't know. But it would look nice until you got paint on it.).
For the same price, this is what you could get as a so-called artist taboret at an art supply store.
Seriously, couldn't I get one of these kitchen carts and call it my taboret? Does anyone else think it's ridiculous how much money can be charged because it's an "artist taboret"? Or am I being silly? What do you use?

6 comments:

  1. Hey Monica, one of these are nice to look for if you can dig metal. If you look around local, maybe you can find one you won' have to pay shipping charges. http://cgi.ebay.com/Vtg-COSCO-RETRO-YELLOW-METAL-KITCHEN-UTILITY-CART-TABLE-/270592070893?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f008b54ed#ht_782wt_1137

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  2. I so agree on the whole "let's rip off the artists at 'fine art' prices" thing!
    Ridiculous!
    I'm using an old table that was prolly handbuilt by someone's hubby back in the day with some old nails and boards. Someone put a piece of Formica on top without even attaching it. Amazing, isn't it, that it still does the job just fine? :-)

    On another note: Monica, I'm trying to figure out why you're not on my blogroll. My apologies...Going to put you there now! :-)

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  3. Thanks DJ! Good to hear from you. Yes, it is amazing what we can dig up and put to good use. Just call it a taboret!

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  4. Haha! I guess we all have the same reaction to those high priced work tables. I use a kitchen butcher block cart - simple, simple - from IKEA. Plus you get to build it yourself - how empowering is that? :)

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  5. LOL. So what is Swedish for "taboret"?

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