Before I show you the chairs, let me walk you through what happened.
When the new year came around I wanted to redo my apartment with high and low end pieces and take you all on that journey. I first came across this chair.
Even if I bought two a month, the way this particular store is set up, there was no guarantee they would be available months later. Truth is. They are sold out everywhere at this current time.
I lamented over these chairs for about three months. I gave up and put no more thought into my dining room.
Dining Room Inspiration
I bought them.
I figured this would be the push I needed to finish up my dining area. Confident I would find what I needed I decided to try my luck at one of the biggest thrift stores in my area, that often had cane back chairs for $10 - $25 each. Unfortunately my confidence was shot dead. While they had a few cane back chairs there weren't eight matching chairs and neither was there a set of eight chairs
I drove home thinking about a few things.
1. You can never predict or anticipate what a thrift store will have no matter how well you think you know their inventory.
2. Even if you can predict the inventory (which you can't), you never know what price point they will be.
3. Even if you could predict the inventory and the price point you can NEVER predict who will show up looking for perhaps the same thing you are. I was too confident over something I could not control and all of these lessons were learned. lol
I decided I needed to take my search to craigslist, where I could at least search from the comfort of my apartment without wasting gas driving around to every thrift store.
Here are some examples of what I was looking for.
finding these exact chairs would be ideal
When I am working with clients who opt to use a majority of second hand pieces in their design, I always request they send inspirational images to me so I can narrow down what pieces I am looking for. Per my own advice, here are my parameters for my craigslist search.
1. I wanted high back chairs. The sight line walking into my open concept apartment is my dining area. It is important to make sure the chairs made a statement when you walked up. I also wanted turned legs. Most of the current anchor pieces in my apartment are traditional, but black or gray so I wanted to make sure I kept it consistent. I knew this wasn't a challenge to find...when I found it.
2. I needed 8 chairs. I needed them to match. Although a lot of people like mismatched dining chairs, I don't. I need them to all match because I am not going to do captain chairs, but rather all side chairs.
3. The price needed around $100 - $300.
4. I needed the chairs to be fairly close in location so I wouldn't have to spend an exorbitant amount of money on a U-Haul.
With these things in mind, I started my search.
They didn't want to sell just the chairs and they really were proud of their Shabby Chic product and wouldn't reduce the price. Later on they ended up reducing the set to $295. Still too much for four chairs when I needed 8 and didn't want the table.
So I kept searching and landed on these.
Some people really love their furniture pieces. While my desire for this style of chair is apparent, I would never spend $3,000 or craigslist for chairs. Apparently I am not the only one because they ended up reducing the price. Never went back to see if the listing is still up.
I saw a few others that were 6 chairs or 8 chairs, but they were either too far away or the pricing just wasn't right.
Without any warning I came across EXACTLY what I was looking for.
The chairs looked to be in an old warehouse, everything looked dusty and musty. There was stuff thrown about everywhere. My kind of second hand shopping. I figured this would be great, simply because it looked as if they were trying to get rid of everything.
I am going to stop right there.
Why? Because the story will continue on tomorrow!