There's always a great story behind my finds and this one is no different.

I was working in a small town and decided to drop by one of the local "junk shops." The first time I went in I bought a cane topped coffee table (I no longer have it as I left in the last house I moved out of.) I went back and saw a set of chairs and tables. I did not buy them. That weekend I visited Design Within Reach (DWR) and noticed something...something truly remarkable. The same chairs that I saw in this shop were also in DWR for $1100...each.

Well I went back to the shop...inspected in piece and sure enough I was in the presence of an authentic 1950's Saarinen Knoll Tulip Table and four Tulip Chairs. Well I was stunned. I went home researched one more time just to make sure I had the right items ( I still did not buy them...neither was I worried about someone else buying them as they were in the store for quite some time). Sure enough the items were authentic with a BR-51 under the seat of each chair.

I did some browsing on ebay and came across an ad where someone had recently sold a set of four, for around $3200. They also described how they restored them. So, I took notes and did the same.

So I went back to this small shop. The guy wanted $125 (thats right one hundred and twenty-five dollars). I offered him $100 and it was a done deal. Load them up in the Tahoe and home they went! A complete set of four Tulip Chairs and Tulip Table for $100!!!!

Small towns are crawling with hidden treasures so take a small trip to one and see what you find.

It was another day...another GOODWILL HUNTING.

Mr. Goodwill meets Mr. Polo Ralph Lauren who meets Mr. Craigslist

Heres a little tid bit about me. I have not purchased any essential pieces of furniture for my apartment since...oh around 2005. After renting my first apartment and having to move everything, I just was never a fan of buying great pieces and sticking them into a rental. If Im going to spend hard earned dollars on furniture pieces, it will be for my home (which I am in the process of doing now).

Ok...where was I...Oh yea...

Well Polo Ralph Lauren is a great icon of mine. I have a number of garments with his label on them. Quite recently Ive attempted to get some information about purchasing a custom piece of furniture from his line. Well...let me tell you...I need to sell a kidney and my first born for some of his pieces. However, I came across a glimmer of hope by way of craigslist that can help me achieve one of his looks, for way...way...I mean way less. Unfortunately, its not exactly what I desire, but it is on my short list and since its a great deal...I thought Id share it with you.

I present the Noble Estate Dining Side Chair from Polo Ralph Lauren

RL Number: 102-28 Fabric starting at: $2,385* Leather starting at: $3,435*.

Once again...

Quite expensive if you are trying to get to this....

Never fear Mr. Goodwill has found a solution...from Mr. Craiglist himself.

Here it is...

and thats not has a cousin (well two to be precise...arm chairs)

and during family reunions and holidays...they look like this...

Quite nice (I must say. The form is very similar to the Noble Estate Chair and it even has nail triming around the base of the seat. The chairs are made by Drexel Heritage, so even the quality is great.

And the price for the entire set of 8 chairs including the dining table is $2400! However, the seller is willing to seperate the chairs at maybe $1500 for the set. So if you really like this style of chair and really want it, its possible you can get the same style for a lot less. With just a little inspiration for fabric of your own choice, little elbow grease to reupholster and maybe just maybe some dark stain for the wood... you may be well on you way to a great and inspirational set of dining chairs.

So lets recap....ONE of these at $2385

Or EIGHT of these at say $1500...

(photos courtesy of the Polo Ralph Lauren Home website.)


Mr. Goodwill Hunting