If you followed my Lucketts preparations, you know that I made a last minute decision to sell THE chair. Kristi, one of my readers and a shopper at Lucketts this year, was hoping the channel back chair I kept mentioning in my posts looked similar to THE chair. When she saw it was upholstered in plain grain sacks, she mentioned being interested in a wing chair with blue, striped grain sacks similar to THE chair. Hmmm… That got my wheels turning. I didn’t have the time to find and upholster a chair before Lucketts. Would I be okay with selling THE chair? Not a similar one, but the actual one?
I walked into the living room and looked over THE chair. I imagined not having it. I imagined the thrill of finding something that worked just as well or even better in that space. I imagined how neat it would be to sell the chair to someone who loved it as I have. I realized I was totally okay with selling it.
As I loaded THE chair into my car a couple of days later, I did have that what-if twinge, but when I met Kristi, the new owner of THE chair, I was at peace. Any what-ifs were silenced. It was going to a good home and that made me really happy.
I will say…I’ve sold a lot of “my” things before, but the decision to sell THE chair was surprising to me. It’s been a signature piece for me. It’s on the cover of my book…
…and was featured in the BHG Christmas Ideas magazine photo shoot as well as a few other magazines. I did some wheeling and dealing to get those grain sacks from a reader in Germany. It was one of my first grain sack upholstery jobs. I love that chair! So, why am I okay with letting pieces like THE chair go?
- I will state the obvious right off the bat…I do sell pieces to make money. I would guess that I’ve been able to furnish most of my house for “free” by trading up and buying and selling things. It involves a lot of elbow grease, but it sure beats shopping at a furniture store.
- The longer I do this job as an antiques dealer/furniture refinisher, the more I realize that the world is filled with really cool stuff and I’ll always find something new that I’m excited about trying out in my home. It is a part of the business and I view the constant merry-go-round of furniture one of the perks.
- I like to have new things to photograph and rearrange and ask my husband to help me scoot around the house.
- I like change. Blame it on my Army brat upbringing.
- I have “lost dog syndrome” for furniture. I don’t want to keep it all, but I love finding it, fixing it up and then finding it a good home.
- It’s sort of liberating to let go of things and make room for new things.
- If I keep everything I love I would a.) be broke and b.) be a hoarder.
- The things that I love are just things.
All of that being said, there are things that I’m sentimental about or that are one-of-a-kind sort of things that I will probably never sell. But I think being willing to sell the rest makes those pieces all the more special.
…And, if I’m being honest, the channel back chair definitely did ease the blow and nicely filled the hole left by THE chair. It’s much easier looking at that than an empty space.
And THE chair isn’t very far away and I’ve been told I can visit it any time.