|The found chair before restoration.|
We have "shared" a number of items in this way. Things that are not worth posting on Craig's List, and furniture with some life left in them, and too good for the Recycling Center's dumpsters.
Last week the magic worked in reverse (see karma in last post). We were driving along a road in the southern part of town when I spotted a chair like the ones I had been pricing online for a few months. There it was on the side of the road with a familiar "FREE" sign beside it, and some other less impressive abandoned items.
Booya! I struck gold. The exact same chair was $269.00 to $320.00 on line, and here it was on the side of the road beckoning to me.
I wanted a wooden desk chair with wheels for the desk in the den. The chair we had there now was an antique one we picked up at a garage sale at a private school in Woodstock, Connecticut a few years ago while we were on one of our drives through the country. It is a nice wooden chair with thick arms, but no wheels. Not a good choice for in front of a desk.
I pulled a "u-ee", and swung back to the house with the chair. There was another couple there, and I was praying they weren't going for the chair, and they weren't. It coulda gotten ugly. I stopped, and popped the chair into the trunk, and tore out there like I had just robbed a convenience store. It was free, but to me I had just found $269.00 on that road side.
|The old chair where it was meant to be.|
I sanded off the old finish, applied two coats of Minwax stain followed by three coats of gloss polyurethane, and Voila!
Cha-ching! Money in our pocket!
To the family that shared their out grown chair with me, thank you.
Recycling comes in a lot of different forms, but I think I like this form best.
Save the planet. Save my wallet. Culturally, there is something very New England about this concept, and I like being a good yankee.