Thursday, April 11, 2013
Butterfly chair from Craigslist
I fell in love with a chair on Craigslist. A brindle cowhide butterfly chair.
The other night, my husband went to pick it up, and when he brought it through the door, my heart sank. This is not what I expected. It's so low to the ground. There's packing tape holding the rods together! It wobbles! What.the.HELL!
I need to pay more attention when I buy off Craigslist. I get emotionally attached to the item, I stop thinking. I don't question it. I just want it! I don't want to lose out! I WANT IT NOW!
In this case, I thought I was getting a Circa 50 chair. We could have bought two new Circa 50's for $540usd plus $30 shipping to Buffalo. Then drive down and pick them up, paying additional duty and tax. This chair was $325 - about the same price as a new one - but it had packing tape on its legs.
I am pretty sure the Circa 50 base is two continuous metal rods, not 4 rods connected by 4 base rods. Tremendous buyer's remorse overcame me.
"Oh well", my husband said, "we can always pick up a new base, the cowhide is in perfect condition."
But, I felt like a total failure. I took it HARD. I contacted the seller, she sent me a link to where they bought it from:
I felt a bit better.
Then I took the chair apart, figured out how to stop the wobble, re-assembled it (boy was that a ridiculous challenge), and removed the tape.
I have gone from in total love, to tummy ache, back to love...I sit in the chair every time I am downstairs.
ps. watching clist for a lower round coffee table now!
pss. Here's what my basement looked like when I went down to take a few photos: