The Chair Hunt

Two years ago, El Granto & I were walking through the Junction headed for an Americano @ Crema, when we spotted a great worn black bankers chair outside the front of a reclaimed architectural salvage shop. The chair was great. It was worn in all the right places, had fabulous old castors, and was a steal for $25. Problem was, we were still living in the loft, had no place for it, and were walking about 3km from home. We decided to pass for now. El Granto sat brooding over the chair for the next day, and decided to go back to see if it was still there. Alas of course it was gone. Someone else had the same vision we did. Since that day, we have regretted that decision, and have been on a hunt for another bankers chair. Skip ahead to last spring. We were at my favourite place on earth; The Aberfoyle Antique Market when we spotted a guy selling not one, not two but THREE bankers chairs. He had stripped and refinished them all with an (ugh) honey oak finish, but they were in excellent condition. We could either live with the colour, or refinish them to something darker. Problem was, we were at Aberfoyle with El Granto’s Mum, and were driving a small car. The chair was not going to fit in the car. We visited Aberfoyle a month or so later, and (of course) all of the bankers chairs were long sold.

Now that the office is progressing, we really really need a chair. Do you think I can find one? Not a chance.

I could buy gorgeous one new at Restoration Hardware for $495. Uhhh no, that’s out of the question.

Restoration Hardware 1940' Banker's Chair Weathered Oak Drifted

How about Pottery Barn’s Swivel Desk Chair? Oh wait, $533? HA.

Pottery Barn Swivel Desk Chair

So I will continue to haunt Craigslist & Kijiji in hopes of finding one in my price range (aka free - $40). I know, wish me luck.

Our other temporary option, is buying a $35 Ikea Ivar chair, and giving it a paint job. Then finding another use for it once we finally find a bankers chair.

Ikea Ivar Chair

Why is it that every project always has one sticking point? One missing piece of the puzzle?! *sigh

3 Responses

  1. I had a wonderful bankers chair that was passed on to me when I was teaching school. You know it's old school when it has the 4 legs, instead of 5. I later went to work for the national guard and that was my office chair, travelled all around with me. It was so comfortable you could fall asleep in it at work! Yay! No pad or anything. Then I went off to play war in Iraq and when I returned someone had liberated it from my office. Some day I will find the replacement! By the way, you can always pay for those items and ask to pick them up later. I don't know one shop that wouldn't do that for you.
  2. Matt Lemmons
    Have you considered attending an estate sale to see if there are any chairs that suit you in the furniture allotments? I've heard from people who got insane deals on banker's chairs at those sales, like less than $20. (Also, a china-collecting cousin of mine has bought several near-antique full sets dirt cheap.)
    • I have always wanted to go to an estate sale! That's totally something I should look into!

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