Who’s ready for a story about victory, triumph, and a whole lot of luck? Ok, so maybe it’s not that dramatic but it is pretty cool :)
By the way, I’m still styling the picture ledges so ignore them for now and focus on the elegant "Eames" I'm never going to part with :)
I was casually browsing Craigslist when I spotted an Eames-like lounge chair.
The listing was 2 days old when I saw it so I kind of figured that the chair wouldn’t be available (Mid Century stuff sells fast out here). I sent an e-mail anyway, crossed all the things, and hoped for the best. I didn’t hear back from the seller but I kept stalking the ad…because I’m
I noticed the ad was still being updated and renewed so I sent another e-mail. Silence. I e-mailed the seller 3 more times (each e-mail received no response) before enlisting my husband to e-mail them as well. Crickets.
Before we go on, you should probably know that I’ve wanted an Eames chair for a long time but I'm well aware of the fact that there’s never going to be a time in my life when I can afford the real thing (I'm totally ok with that by the way!) so I’ve always kept an eye out for a nice knockoff which is why I was relentless in pursing this one.
Anyway, I couldn’t understand why the ad was still up when no one was getting back to me! I thought that the seller may have typed their e-mail address wrong when they made the listing to I decided to get creative. I put together a wanted ad basically begging the seller to contact me so I could buy their chair:
I figured my ad would be flagged and taken down before the seller ever saw it but I also figured I didn’t have anything to lose so I went ahead and posted it. And then I waited.
As luck would have it, the seller e-mailed me 3 days after I posted the ad saying she was so thankful she saw it because all of the e-mails I (and other’s) had sent were going to spam. I couldn’t believe it!
Sidenote: that table isn't staying there! I just needed something to fill the photo with so it wasn't so empty on the right side of the chair.
The chair of my dreams is home with me because I took a chance and posted that ad! Excuse me while I do another happy dance! :D
The leather is the the perfect caramel color and is in pretty great condition considering its age! The entire back of the chair was sanded down at one point in its life so it needs to be refinished (anyone have any tips?):
On second thought, I may leave the back as-is since A) you can't really see it when you're looking at the chair from the front, B) I think the raw wood adds to the chair's vintage charm and C) I don't want to mess mess anything up if I try to refinish it myself!
There’s a built-in footrest that pops out from the bottom of the seat, which is an awesome feature and one I’ve read is rare. The chair has two reclining options which the GIF demonstrates below:
Speaking of the bottom of the seat, I found this maker's tag underneath the chair!
If anyone can tell me more about the chair based on the tag's info, send me an e-mail or leave a comment below :)
What’s your craziest Craigslist story?