I began collecting and refinishing furniture in highschool. This desk is actually my very first piece of furniture that I purchased and refinished myself. Now it is located in my little cabin and contains all my souveniers from my travels over the years as well as the dolls that my grandmothers made for me. I think I paid $300 for it which was probably a couple of years savings. This piece has a lot of memories and has been hauled around as I've moved from apartment to apartment and home to home. I think its kind of amazing that I still have it after all these years. We are such a disposable society. My family says I hang on to everything so I guess its not much of a surprise.