When it Rains it Pours (The Chair Hunt Part II)

I posted about my chair hunt less than a week ago.

By that point I had been scourging Craigslist & Kijiji for an antique bankers chair for weeks. I had dragged El Granto into many an antique store, and even shook my fist at the TV when I saw Sarah Richardson had found one at an antique store on queen street. I wasn’t mad at Sarah, I was mad that I hadn’t been there first!

So I wrote the post, and sent my Mom an email asking her to keep an eye out for a bankers chair (she’s even more resourceful than I am) I then forgot about putting my chair request out into the world, and got back to work.

Fast forward to Friday. My Mom comes for a visit, and shows up with not one but TWO bankers chairs. One antique that was in brilliant shape, and had the original chair mechanism and everything, and a second one that was a more modern version. I was flabbergasted. My Mom had found the vintage one on Craigslist for a steal, and the second one was found on the side of the road by my Mom & Dad’s friends.

Antique Bankers Chair that my Mom Sourced from Kijiji (unassembled)
Modern Bankers Chair that my Mom’s Friends FOUND on the road! (Mom had to take it apart to fit it in the car)

Then I go into work on Monday morning and get an email from a co-worker that says “Look what we found on the curb!”

The Chair my Awesome Co-Worker found at the Curb

SERIOUSLY?! I couldn’t find one if my life depended on it, and two people managed to find ones thrown out for garbage on the side of the road?! Hell, I should just give up my searching for things, and make a list for everyone else to find. Thank you all so much.

I am also looking for old reclaimed red bricks for a new patio, and some old picture frames…just saying.

Here’s the antique chair assembled in the office

Antique Bankers Chair

Author: Kristen

Kristen & her husband El Granto & their Vizsla Odin live in a converted Storefront in downtown Toronto.

4 thoughts on “When it Rains it Pours (The Chair Hunt Part II)”

  1. I had a chair just like this that we got at an auction. Used it as my desk chair until we had a house fire in October of 2003. Sad day. Haven’t been able to find another one of those chairs since. Just like your Mom found. If you have any ideas please email me. Thanks,

  2. Thanks Randall, you’re work is beautiful, but alas I will be spray painting all the frames and that would just be terrible to do to your frames!

  3. I dream of living in a converted store front. Love the red brick patio look. I did this in our yard last year. Although i don’t have old picture frames, I do have a few (3 I think) that can pass on to you that i made out of lath salvaged from a dumpster in my neighbour hood. Take a look at a sample of them on my website. I am looking to make room in my basement and they are looking for a good home. Let me know if you are interested.

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