Do you like a good treasure hunt story? I love knowing the details behind a good thrift purchase. If you don't, I'll see you tomorrow. :)
I'll try to make a long story shorter. I was out thrifting sometime around New Year's. I saw this chair and thought it was interesting. The price was smudged, but it looked like it said $160.98 (everything at this store is 1/2 of what it's marked, but still...$80? at a thrift store? No.). I asked a worker about it and he basically said, "Yeah, that's what it looks like, we normally don't price things that high. We'll do markdowns in a few weeks." I left knowing that no one would be beating down the door for that one.
When I feel like I'm going out on a limb (for me) a little bit, I like to bounce things off of my sister. I texted her the picture and she thought it was cool. The next day she opened her Better Homes and Gardens and saw this...
I love confirmation like that!
About a week later I went back and the price was VERY clearly marked $160.98. And, I left again. I went back a bit later and the chair said "SOLD" with someone's name on it. What?
My sister visited the same store a few days later and the chair was still sitting there. She asked about it and they just said, "Yes, it's sold."
The next time I went in, the chair was still sitting there. I asked about it and said I'd really like to buy it. They said "Oh, that's Dave's chair. He's supposed to pick it up on Sunday." Ok, so they knew they guy that bought it, and probably sold it to him for like $20. At least that's what I imagined.
I still couldn't get the chair out of my mind, so on Saturday, about a week later than the last time I saw it, in the middle of this,
I was driving by that store to go pick up my daughter from my parents' house. She spent the night to avoid the motley crew of boys that took over our home for the weekend. (We loved it!) Thankfully, the only casualties of the weekend were my paper whites...victims of a late night pillow fight. That's o.k., they were on their last leg anyway. I don't know how they missed, but I'm just glad they didn't get one of my favorite lamps!
OK, back from that rabbit trail! Sooooo, since I was driving right by it, I couldn't resist swinging in to check on MY chair. And lo and behold, it was there, with the "SOLD" wiped off, and a reasonable price on it ($89, which would make it $45.) I had hoped to get it for a little less, but at this point I almost threw my money at them and carted it out. 2 people commented on it on the way out... "What a cool chair" and "I wish I would have seen that!"
It's really sturdy and in good shape. All it needs is a seat cusion, which should be simple enough. I have the perfect little corner of my living room where I needed something after the Christmas tree moved out. Over the last month of pining for this chair, I came across some great inspiration photos.
(If you want to pin any of the following photos, please click on the link and pin directly from the source. Thanks!)
These are currently available from IKEA. I considered getting one when I thought I had missed out on the other chair, but I like my $45 price tag much better than the $119 for these (although that's still a good price!). I think the chair I showed you previously from BH&G looks a lot like the IKEA Storsele also.
|room design by Tara Bussema|
A bright, glossy color might be fun...
and you can be sure that this sassy little cutie caught my eye...
|Kristen F. Davis Designs|
The options are endless...I'll keep you posted!