Tuesday, August 31, 2010

one rockin' chair

My mother said that a rocking chair or glider was a "necessity," so we did a poll of recent new city moms, to confirm it is worth allocating the space to a chair. It seems that the overwhelming consensus is that a glider is invaluable - especially if you plan to breastfeed. The problem is that they are large and really ugly and expensive ($400-800 range)

There have been some improvements in glider design since the 80s and 90s. A friend had gotten the following glider from Monte Design which actually pretty nice design-wise for a glider, but it is quite pricey ($1,000+) and is still pretty large for our diminutive space.

So we searched on line for rocking chairs on craigslist and nothing really caught our eye. Then we found the one on ebay. 

We decided to keep an eye on the auction over the weekend. Saturday we went and looked at a Horseman Antiques on Atlantic avenue. This store is literally chock-full of furniture - chairs stacked on top of tables on top of credenzas (I did get stuck a couple times as my perception of my size and actual size differ). The store has some really beautiful pieces and it was a fun way to spend an afternoon. Then we found it! The rocker we had seen on ebay, in much worse shape. But the good thing is we got to sit in the chair - and it was heaven. Amazingly enough, this tiny rocker fits both of us comfortabley (me at 5'6 and Dave at 6'3), and had the perfect porportions. When we got home we  found the chair we had just sat on listed on ebay for a much higher price than the black framed one we found first.

Our friends M+B recommended a 'sniper' program to bid for us on ebay. That way the bid would not go in until the last seconds, and you don't have to worry about re-bidding. M+B had stopped by to review electrical plans which helped keep our minds and our nerves at bay through the final minutes of the auction. Thankfully, with bated breath, we won the auction and now our chair is on its way from Spokane via Grayound express!

1 comment:

  1. Yay rocker! This is going to look amazing :)