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Monday, April 20, 2009

I was sittin' there, I had a comfor-ta-ble chair, and that was all that I needed.

Quick- what's that song?  Name that band!  No prizes, just a sense of pride for your rockingness.

Remember last Friday, when I did a little thrift store tour?  And I didn't get the hideous/lovely old chair because it had too darn many price stickers on it and I didn't know which one was the real price?

I got my armchair.  It's magnificently gaudy, the front of the seat is threadbare, the wood is worn, and it's like it was built especially for my short little legs!

You wanna guess what I paid for it?????  G'wan, guess!!!

A BUCK.

$1.07 with tax.  I know.  SCORE!


Look at that profile - all laid back and comfy and elegant.  I bought it thinking I'd put up with the bizarre yellow and green and black flowers from outer space for just long enough to save up some money to get it reupholstered.  It's solid and decently built.  It'd be worth it.

Then I instantly got kind of attached to the mind boggling faux-velvet.  It must have been simply gorgeous and way fancy back in 1963 or whatever. In the places it's less worn down, it glows in the light.  Purty!  It's in good shape, so the crazy cat lady who used to own it must have vacuumed it regularly.  (Yes I vacuumed it when I brought it home.  Clearly I'll be a good crazy cat lady.)

I love the arm rests.


And the buttoned diamond shapes in the backrest.


I like the detail in the trim.


I think we'll be sending the classy little brown chair to the studio.  I really like the looks of it, but the problem is... it's too nice.  Our house is full of free furniture, second-hand, fourth-hand, thrift store, hand-me-down, side-of-the-road type objects, and let's not try to fool anybody here... it looks like it.  
Also the nice chair is just too darn big for me.  I have to put my feet on something because they don't quite reach the floor.  I thought Jethro would use it but he'd rather sprawl on the couch, or sink into the faded dusty rose (free hand-me-down) tub chair.  The brown armchair might as well visually improve the studio lounge instead of getting under-appreciated here.

And because I like to see furniture modeled by handsome gentlemen, here is my couch, bought *new* 15 years ago, now covered with a mexican blanket to hide the holes, and being visually improved my little Puggy friend.



17 comments:

hayseed said...

LOVE the chair. Can't even get a small coffee at Tim's for that price!

Heidi the Hick said...

hee hee hee! The only way that price could be any better? FREE.

Actually a buck is better: it's like I waited until the price came down and grabbed it! Like I'm a good bargain hunter!

or just in the right place at the right time!

JKB said...

That price is AWESOME!

(And go you, slipping the White Stripes into your title)

I win!!!! \o/!!!

Heidi the Hick said...

You win- You rock!!

coffeypot said...

Can't beat the price, but is the velvet soft or hard? It could make a difference when sitting in the chair nude.

Heidi the Hick said...

the dog's the only one who'd know that...

Tribble said...

there actually was cat hair in the button thingies before she vacuumed it, seriously. and it kinda smells...

but only like, up close.

not that you would......

Kerri said...

Love it, love the price, love your style.

pseudosu said...

Jack White all the way baby--woooot!
I was being dazzled by the hideous awesomeness of that fabric and going, "You know, it's so odd and bad it's really kind of good." A great and terrible beauty perhaps? Glad to hear you're giving it new life!

Heidi the Hick said...

You nailed it- hideous awesomeness!

I'm going to listen to the White Stripes tomorrow and sit in that chair and write!

mugwump said...

It's so wide!

Heidi the Hick said...

Yup, lots of room fer m'butt.

I can fit me and a pug in that chair real comfy-like.

BMGallop said...

lol I knew you would buy that chair. You're a lady after my own heart. Whenever I see something I love but don't buy, it just..lingers...and calls...and pesters me until I go back and get it. It's an AWESOME chair.

BMGallop said...

Um...I just noticed on your profile, that you like Apocalyptica. I can never spell it right but you know what I mean. Dude. For Serious. I heart you.

Adrienne said...

I heart that chair!

marsh to the fore said...

Amazing chair! Loved the photographs. Funny how there were all those price tags on it. Do I sense an Agatha Christie novel starting here? The Mystery of The Chair That Went For A Dollar. Cause, Heidi, that is a mystery!

Michael said...

I love that chair! Well, maybe not the fabric so much as the shape. What a bargain!