Thursday, June 28, 2012

This Blogger's Thrifted Home Tour

I started my blog because I so thoroughly enjoyed reading about other people's thrift finds and learning about the history and provenance of every day items.  While I did hit a thrift today and had some fun luck, today I'd like to share my biggest thrift scores that I've chosen to keep for myself.  In fact, all of these pieces were purchased specifically to furnish our home and I'm happy to report that everything was a relative deal.  We moved in six months ago, and are still figuring out art placement so don't judge our bare walls! Ok, let's take a tour....

When my husband and I lived in Austin, we had an awesome banquette (that the husband built) that required two chairs to complete the seating.  After lots of deliberation we pulled the trigger on two Eames molded side chairs purchased from our local DWR.  After having two children, we've discovered that these are the perfect dining chairs for families.  They clean up nicely and are difficult to tip over.  About eight months ago, I was "cruising" Craigslist when I came across a listing selling 8 white side chairs at - get this - $40/chair.  I was skeptical, but contacted the seller.  In short, she explained that she was a former designer and had re-hauled a home in Dallas and the client gave her the chairs because they were no longer her taste.  She had hoped to use them at some point, but she was getting married, moving and decided that they weren't really her taste either and she needed them gone.  She sent me a photo of the underpart of the chair confirming their authenticity and a deal was struck.  My husband drove to Dallas to pick them up, but when he arrived he realized the black glider feet pieces were missing from ALL of them.  A replacement package of 4 runs something like $35 on DWR and luckily my husband knew this and bargained further.  In short, we purchased six of the chairs for $360 - about the price of one singular new chair.  The best part is that my husband found alternate feet pieces that fit perfectly and look identical and cost around $12 or so for all of them!

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