So one of the most fun parts of working here at Curious Provisions is searching for the raddest pieces of vintage luggage we can get our grubby little paws on. When people hear about what I do here at CP, one of the first things they ask me is, "ohmygoshdoyougettoshopforoldsuitcases?"
Did you have a hard time reading that? Don't worry, it's just as difficult for me to understand when people are gushing with excitement when they ask me that question. But what is it about this job that gets everyone so jazzed about the shopping aspect? I mean, no one was tripping over their tongue to ask me if I got to buy taco ingredients when I worked in the restaurant industry.The thing is, buying vintage suitcases, or anything vintage for that matter, is an entirely different experience. Each piece has a history, and it's fascinating to learn the stories behind them. Not to mention, when looking for cases, we get to sift through some other awesome relics of times gone by. Sadly, we haven't yet found a use for a 1930s circus wheel, but just like anyone else, we make impulse purchases. Luckily for us, our impulse purchases have so far been successful.
Take for example, CasaNueva. When we stumbled upon a New Home vintage sewing machine treadle hood, we fell in love with its ornate wooden design and purchased in on the spot. Impulse. It wasn't until after we bought it that we realized we couldn't bear to cut into the side paneling, and so we got creative. CasaNueva became a true surround sound beauty, when we reinforced the bottom, utilized the flat panels on the top and ends for our mid-range and bass, and added discreet tweeters to the main decorative panel. This unique setup allowed us to maintain our high quality sound, while keeping the integrity of the original design.
When we first purchased the New Home treadle hood, we knew it was beautiful, but we didn't know much about its history. Based off the information given to us by the seller, we believe it to have been from the 1930s; however, upon further research, this piece could have been from as early as 1890, like this woman's model.
I never though sewing machines and their accessories could be a history that interested me, but I have to say, it is pretty iconic of the American Dream. The man who started New Home was a chair manufacturer with $350 to his name, and in 1860 he took a risk and started making sewing machines. Can you believe that by 1937, there were roughly 7,000,000 New Home sewing machines in use? Dang.
I wonder what that man would think of CasaNueva...