A rather large purchase.

Okay, so if you know me at all you know that I rarely pay above $10 for anything when it comes to second-hand shopping. Like, anything, including furniture. But one Saturday about a month ago while I was exploring the secondhand/antique store market in Northwest Arkansas I found these chairs.

Vintage robin’s egg blue fiberglass chairs? Are you kidding me? Now, I have no place to put these. No use for them at all. I was quoted a price of $25 each, and, sighing, I walked away from them.

Only to visit them twice more. They were out in the lot of a SUPER antique store called Exclusive Antiques (2305 S. Thompson, Springdale) that is run by the nicest woman. Inside it’s curated and organized in the most attractive manner and outside, it’s like a salvage yard. I mean, the best of both worlds, as far as I’m concerned. I love everything she has her store stocked with, but her prices are antique store prices — not steep by those standards at all, but not the right price range for re-sell, obviously. I mean, that’s not what she’s in the business for. I would think if you were an interior designer in this area, though, you would make this store one of your regular stops. ANYWAY.

The second time I went to visit them, I had a hard time turning in to the lot, because traffic was so bad, and from my angle, I couldn’t see them. My heart just dropped. They had been sold. My beautiful blue chairs had been sold. I was so disappointed. But I was wrong! They were still there! An important rule of secondhand shopping: if you’re totally bummed and depressed when your item is sold out from underneath you, you should have BOUGHT IT IN THE FIRST PLACE. So I bought them.

I just don’t know what to do with them.

I mean, I think they would look SO adorable in an eat-in kitchen paired with a chalk-painted white round table. But I have neither an eat-in kitchen nor a chalk-painted white table. So they are living in our guest bedroom right now. They’re not the fancy brand of fiberglass chair (Herman Miller) but they’re vintage, and fiberglass, and SUCH an attractive color…I’m contemplating listing them on Chicago Craigslist for when I go back in the Spring. Maybe I could finance my buying trip with them, who knows?

That is, IF I can stand to part with them.

What do you think? Impulse buy or smart buy?

February 11, 2013 - 6:21 pm

Lisa Your chairs are AMAZING. Excellent purchase and definitely NOT something I would sell if I were lucky enough to find them. I totally admire your restraint; I think it’s smart to consider larger purchases like this and you totally earned the second chance at those chairs 🙂

February 13, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Shannon LOVE these! Definitely could see these being sold up here!

February 14, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Tina-Marie Hamilton They are fabulous, and would look great with any table. I have a wooden oak table that expands to 12 feet, and I can imagine them with the table. Also, they may look great with a patio set or porch table. Do not sell! You will regret it! Love them~

February 20, 2013 - 12:00 pm

Lara Jo Thanks for the support, Tina-Marie! I really appreciate it!

February 20, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Lara Jo THANKS, LISA!!!! I needed this back-up! The chairs are still stashed in teh guest room but every time I open the door and catch sight of them I get a little thrill. The color is just amazing. (BTW, love your blog and am totally JEALOUS of the finds from B Thrifty; the chair alone is amazing but the other things are just as good. I want to go to B Thrifty! But your Saver’s seems to be even more expensive than the ones in Little Rock, which I visit when I visit my parents. Yeesh!)