Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Retro Chair Dilemma

I seem to be buying retro chairs lately. Like a moth to the flame. I don't have room for more chairs, but I can't resist them. What will I do if I see another chair I really like? I need to get a book about the history of chair design too, because I have no idea what I'm looking at, just what I like. But enough trifling, back to the matter at hand.

I bought this chair last week at Hope Gospel Mission Thrift store for $20.00. It's a retro office chair I believe. Thought it would look nice in my living room that I'm trying to modernize.

Please pardon the fact that I haven't cleaned the chrome yet, was too anxious to take a picture  :>) I like the profile and design of this chair. Reupholstering would really bump up the look of this chair, but I'll add it to the list with my Baker Chairs that I scored a while ago.

This is where the dilemma comes in. Today I found this groovy retro chair that I bought off of Craigslist for $50.00. The finish is a bit worn on the arms/legs, but that doesn't bother me for now. The naugahyde is in great shape. The owner told me his wife bought it in the 60's and after some time they replaced the upholstery with naugahyde.

I didn't even notice that the chair was missing one of the steel bars in the back until I got it home. (I'm going to contact the seller to see if she might have it.) It's another detail that I like about this chair. 

I like the profile on this chair and feel that it looks nicer in the space. But I still like the other chair too. Where do I put it? Gak!

I put both of them in front to see if it would work with both, but I don't think it does. What do you think? I should also mention that I don't know the maker of either one of these chairs.

Whenever I take pictures it reminds me that I want to paint the walls a different color, do something to the inside of the bookshelves, get some different baskets... sigh. Why does one thing lead to another? And why do I prefer thrifting and estate sales to getting these jobs done?

I need therapy for my buying of pictures/prints/frames too, but this one is definitely a keeper and already on a wall.

I love this yak with a rose in his mouth! I bought this signed print at an estate sale today for $35.00. The glass looks like the old wavy glass which I don't care for in a modern print. I am going to buy a new frame for it anyway, so that will take care of the problem.

Anyone know this artist?

I hope this doesn't start an obsession with yaks.

What did you find this week?

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  1. I love the chairs....I'm on the hunt and have been for awhile. Nothing yet but I'll know it when I see it! The last one I really liked was over $200 I'm just too cheap!!!! Love the Yak!!!

  2. I know your dilema as I'm the same with chairs. I often see some lovely ones but I'd have to get rid of our existing ones to make space. Can't you keep the spare ones in another room and alternate them every few months? (I also have loads of prints which I need to get nice frames for too!) x

  3. Yes, I could alternate. I think many of us fellow thrifters share some of the same afflications : > )

  4. I know the problem. It is hard to pass on a good deal when it is something you really like. Oh and that yak print so fun. I do not know much about print artists, so can't help you there.

  5. Ha, ha, obsession with yaks -- I know just what you mean! I always have way too many wall hangings/prints/pictures. They are so hard to resist! I need more walls!