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Adventures in Craigslisting: A Happy Ending

If you've been reading my Adventures in Craigslisting posts, you'll remember that the beautiful, German coffee table that Chris Howard had stripped for me was stolen from his front yard!

Chris and I spent the next few days exchanging emails. We were trying to determine what piece of furniture I might need for the house. What I really needed was a chair for the office, to go with my Danish teak table that was used in lieu of a desk. In one email Chris noted

I do have a cool nineteenth-century French coffee table with exotic wood marquetry, a French round side table with marquetry, and a Russell Wright side chair, made of Northern Rock Maple, which blends well with teak.

I absolutely loved the chair, but after some quick research determined that I probably couldn't afford it. (A pair of the same chairs was selling for the insanely overinflated price of $1,400 on FirstDibs.) I wrote back to Chris, telling him as much.

To see what Chris's response was, and to see my new Craigslist find in my home, just


Chris wrote back, saying,

You can have the chair for an even swap. It could use light refinishing on the back curved arm.

So after long last, a happy ending to this adventure! Although I was sad about the loss of the table, the new Russell Wright chair looks great in our house, and it's very comfortable and appropriate for our office. If you need any refinishing work done, or are just looking for some, cool antique furniture, I highly recommend Chris!

Ava-Gardner Ava-Gardner 9 years
All's well that ends well, and you have a great story to tell this Christmas!
oiseaux oiseaux 9 years
thanks for the link for the re-finisher. i considered calling him to work on a piece but after reading your craiglist story woes (sorry about the table), i didn't like the idea of an expensive item we have sitting out on someone's lawn to be potentially pilfered after it's been worked on. if you might have other recs, please post when you get the chance.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
I'm so sad about your table. I had a handmade, by an Indian friend, huge (Paul Bunyan style) rocker stolen off my front porch so I feel your pain. On the other side - Yipee for the new chair.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Looks great :)
emalove emalove 9 years
Aw yay, I'm glad you got a happy ending!
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