Clearly I am biased to antiques. But I have to tell you, if you are in the market for a piece of furniture, I highly suggest checking out an antique shop as a first option. You are guaranteed excellent quality, classic and unique design and a variety of shapes and sizes to suit your needs. They don't say "they don't make them like they used too" for nothing!
Shabby chic anyone? This would be a great side table, nightstand or desk. It is all in the eye of the beholder. We recently had a savvy customer who bought an awesome old trunk to use as a stool for her kids computer desk. She was going to store all their computer stuff in the trunk. Clever!