On August 29th, Hurricane Katrina took nearly everything from us – our home, our belongings, and our memories. When we returned to our Mississippi home for the first time, fearing everything lost, we were amazed to find our Brass Beds of Virginia headboard and foot board waiting for us in the mud where our home used to be! To be excited at a moment as tragic as this is hard to explain – but this was no ordinary bed to us. We purchased our BBV iron and brass bed in 2001 after enduring twelve years of marriage with a simple frame that comes with the purchase of a mattress. Our BBV bed is one of very few items we were able to salvage from what remains of our home. From the photos below, you’ll understand why we were so shocked to find all all the metal parts of our bed, undamaged. The bed was so well made and heavy – it didn’t float away with the rest of the house.
We brought the bed via U-Haul to Virginia Beach, where we have since relocated. Virginia Beach has been our Navy home three times before. After calling Levin’s to inquire about restoration and after explaining what happened, they said not only can they restore it, but that it would be “free of charge!” The compassion and generosity Levin’s and Brass Beds of Virginia has shown us has been incredibly heart-warming. Katrina left us very little to call our own. This bed will always remind us of our survival and recovery. It is truly a heirloom. One day when our grandchildren and great-grandchildren snuggle up with us, we will tell them the amazing story of our very special bed.
Joanna and Shawn