Secondhand Surplus

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Where did the last month go?

canvas saucer chairs
giving the new chair a test drive
I purchased this pair of canvas saucer chairs at an online auction that Rothchilds was having. I had heard that everything from the store was being sold online auction style, and decided to take some time to check out what they had to offer. There were lots of beautiful pieces with the starting price next to nothing. So while I enjoyed a few cold beers, I decided to bid on a few items. With the prices so low I got a little carried away and before I knew it, I had bid on a handful of items I didn't really need.
The next morning I decided that I wouldn't get carried away with the bidding, and whatever I won would be done on one bid.
The end result was  this great pair of chairs that I once admired out in front of Rothchilds. They are like a butterfly chair frame where the canvas is suspended, and the frame joints are welded. They seem to not be as common as the butterfly chairs and the only other one I could find online attributed it to Hardoy.
The slings aren't in great shape and required some repair before they could be used, I decided before I spent the time making new slings I would just use some drop cloth canvas to patch the damage. It worked well, I just used patches underneath and used the zigzag stitch on my sewing machine.
When I went to pick up the chairs on the designated day, the first thing I saw when I walked through the doors at Rothchilds was a huge gorgeous coffee table, that of course had been purchased by someone else, by auction. It literally stopped me in my tracks, and even though it wasn't for sale I had to stop and run my hands over it. Gorgeous. I hadn't noticed it online, and I'm sure by the photo you weren't able to tell the size of this beauty.
I grabbed my chairs and headed home. Three days later, my table shows up on craigslist. I recognized it due to the seller using the photo from the auction. My heart skipped a beat. No way. When I saw the table at Rothchilds I was sure that it sold outside of my price range and that's most likely why I didn't notice it at the auction. The table on craigslist was listed far below what I would have considered a fair price, so I made the call and hoped for the best.
Table in our entryway
This is the table in our entryway, and its hard to tell from the photo the size. I believe its 52'' in diameter. Its a big table. After I did a little research, It believe its made by the Tomlinson company and composed of butternut and pecan wood. It is top with fitted glass and has dovetail accents.
Table in place
This photo shows the table in one of our living areas, and the nice thing about it being so large, is that I can put my hot coffee in the center of it, and he can't reach it. Which is huge for me right now, because our littlest is in to EVERYTHING.
Sorry this photo is so grainy, the new table is also shown with the boys' rockers'. The baby received a wide-mount rocker base from Santa( Santa has great taste in modern design) so now both kids have side shell rockers.
There are plenty more new additions to the home since the last time I posted, so stay tuned.
What did everyone else get for Christmas?


  1. Wow that is a gorgeous coffee table! Funny how the internet gods delivered it back to you. I had a Thos Baker catalog at work that advertised a table like that as "Euro Height Dining" so I guess that's what all the cool kids are doing these days - eating off of coffee tables. Actually I guess that might be what most Americans are doing too . . .

    1. Thanks! Yes, we do a lot of "dining" at our coffee table! The height took me a couple of days to get used to since we are used to long and low coffee tables, but our shell chairs with the cats cradle bases are a perfect height since they are on the low side.

  2. What great finds! It's fantastic that the table came up on CL so quickly...and at such a good price. You were meant to have it.

    1. Ha! That is exactly what I said to my husband while trying to convince him we needed it.

  3. What a beautiful table! I just found your blog, it`s really nice! I have a lot of reading to do =)