Saturday, March 8, 2014

Buying Furniture on Etsy

The time had come to bid farewell to my office chair.


This chair has served me well for the past several years.
It was originally purchased at a Kirkland store, 
so it was manufactured as an occasional chair.
I had my Dad put rollers on it, 
had it reupholstered once,
replaced the rollers a couple of times,
made slip covers for it later,
and have sat in it for several hours
every day at my computer/desk
for the past eight years.
So, I probably gave it a much 
hardier workout than was
ever intended for it.
It finally let me know it was worn out 
and ready for replacement.
So, I've had my eye out for 
a new desk chair for a couple of months.
I definitely needed a chair with
rollers since I would use it
between my computer and sewing machine.
I also wanted one with no arms.

I checked out chairs at
Pottery Barn and Ballard.
Both had chairs that had the look I wanted,
but either price or reviews kept me
from placing an order.
All the desk chairs at the normal
"office furniture" stores,
were functional, 
but lacked a lot in aesthetics.

Then I checked out what was
available on Etsy.


I found my chair!
It was in a shop in Texas,
Silver Star Salvage.
I have never purchased furniture on Etsy
so wasn't quite sure what to expect.
What I could see was that this chair was
VERY reasonably priced.
It would be shipped via Greyhound Bus Lines.
The cost of the chair, plus shipping and handling
still made the chair a bargain.
It's a vintage 1930's lawyers chair,
all wood,
and still very functional.

I took a chance and ordered it.



I have never received anything packaged 
as well as this chair.
Even the man at the bus station was impressed!
(I presently have what I consider 
a very "pricey" chair on order from
Ballard for my living room.
It will be interesting to see if it is
packed half so well.)





Layer after layer of packaging came off.
Underneath was a thick pad to protect the chair.

The chair is perfect.
Its size is perfect for my small studio/office,
it rolls perfectly (a big concern for me),
and is perfectly comfortable.

There were a few nicks and worn areas,
something the seller had clearly stated.
That was not a concern because I
intended to "redo" the chair somewhat.
Hint:  chalk paint,
which I'll tell you about in a later post.



To sum up,
please don't forget to check out
Etsy when you are in the market for
a piece of furniture.
I am fully delighted with the service I got and
with my new chair!





5 comments:

Carol said...

Can't wait to see the finished chair. I love Etsy for so many things!

NanaDiana said...

What a great find, Susan. I guess I would never think to check Etsy for a piece of furniture!!! You are pretty smart, my friend! xo Diana

homeaholicnet said...

I love furniture for home decor. Here I found Versatility. Very nice collection.

Junkchiccottage said...

Susan,
I happen to have just found the twin to your new chair for my office and I just love it. Chalk painted mine too. It is one of the most comfortable chairs. It does not look like it will be comfy but it is. You will love it.
Kris

Rob Gandley said...

Buying up furniture, moreso furniture for your workspace can be bewildering, as there are quite a number of options to choose from. Fortunately, you have some sort of idea what you want, and that you have the option of being quite liberal with your choices on what to get. Do you have pics of your new chair with your workspace? It'll be nice to see how it looks when in place. Cheers!

Rob Gandley @ Pear Workplace Solutions

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