A few Sundays ago, Devin and I hit up the Alemany Flea Market to scope out the goods. I don’t know about you, but flea markets and I have a longstanding love affair. It’s always satisfying when I find something off of my wishlist, which that weekend consisted of:
- Various vintage pyrex pieces
- Milk glass vases
- Bar cart
- Vintage wood window
- Chairs for the living room and master bedroom
- Desk to makeover for the office
Obviously I wasn’t expecting to find ALL of these items in one go, but it’s a rotating list of things I collect, pieces for the wedding and odds and ends for the house.
It should be noted that more often than not, I come home with something that ISN’T on my list…but at the moment I see it, I just HAVE to have it and how can I NOT at such a STEAL. Right? RIGHT?!
On this particular trip, we’d already been halfway through the whole thing and I still hadn’t found anything so I was pretty bummed out. UNTIL. I saw them. THE CHAIRS. The hollywood regency chairs that I’ve been trolling Craigslist for, drooling over on home design websites, watching on ebay, lusting after for our living room and master bedroom. Not only that, they were a matched pair!
I fought not to let my excitement show (Haggling Tip #1: never let them see how much you really want it). I walked up and casually started giving the chairs a once over. They were in pretty good shape over all, though the flattened cushions needed replacing and the battered blue velvet fabric needed reupholstering. I asked the guy how much he wanted for them, and he said $175 for the pair. What the WHAT?! Now I know some people would actually pay that much for them in an antique store, and I’ve seen similar chairs on ebay go for around that price and even more, but I was still crushed. Out of my budget, I thought. No way he’d let me haggle him down to half that price.
Then Devin walked over with that “oh no what is she bringing home NOW” look on his face, and as I showed him the chairs he started shaking his head. “Nope. Sorry babe. I don’t see them looking good in our house.” If you haven’t already noticed, this is a recurring theme around these parts. Devin disagreeing with me, then me eventually proving him wrong. Heh.
I ignored his headshaking and just went out on a limb. “I’ll give you $80 for the pair”…and the guy said “okay…I really don’t want to have to lug these home again. You can have ’em for $80.”
I looked at Devin again, puppy dog eyes, eyelashes batting….and he STILL shook his head. “No, babe…you’re crazy. Sorry.”
To which I retorted, “YOU HAVE NO VISION!” and stomped away. Because I’m a five year old.
We left the flea to run other errands, but obviously at this point I was NOT pleasant company to be around. I couldn’t believe I walked away from those chairs. SIGH.
That afternoon, after three hours of my dejected sighs and mumbling and grumbling, Devin caved. “Okay. Let’s go see if they’re still there. I want you to be happy.” I expected they’d be long gone by then, but we hightailed it back to the flea market and THEY WERE STILL THERE. If that didn’t shout THESE CHAIRS ARE MEANT TO BE YOURS then I don’t know what would.
The guy laughed when he saw me. “I couldn’t believe you’d walk away from these chairs! Some folks are refinishing these babies and selling them at the Antiques Faire for over $300!” (He wasn’t lying. I’ve seen them there.)
THEN when I went to pay for them, I realized I only had $73 on me, which I feebly handed to the guy. He just laughed and said “Ohhh just take ’em will ya?” At which point I gave him a huge hug and picked one of them up to take back to the truck. As we walked away, he asked Devin, “So what made you change your mind?” To which he replied, “Well…I figured it would be cheaper to make her happy.”
How amazing are these chairs?? I can’t wait to get my hands on them. 🙂
Not surprisingly, when we got home and I put one in its future spot in the living room, replacing the rocking chair, Devin took a step back and said, “You know what? You’re right. That looks good there. It’ll be even better when they’re repainted and have new cushions. Sorry I doubted you babe.”
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