One of my favorite ones is this piece, mostly because is has such a fascinating story!!
This is an antique card catalog that has a date in it from the late 1800's. I asked the guy where he got it (I love to know the stories behind the things at garage sales!) and he said he couldn't tell me. Uh, okay? When I pressed him he said that it was in a drug dealers house-- his policeman friend brought it out in a raid and he bought it at the auction afterwards. Wow. I totally thought he was kidding at first!! I guess it's a long way from an old library to a crack house! Anyway, I got it for $20-- what a steal!!What is your favorite thing you have gotten second-hand?