Garbage Picked Chairs!

by Katy on June 28, 2024 · 22 comments

I garbage picked a couple of rather amazing chairs and need to to share it with y’all. And before you freak out about bedbugs — I promise you that I examined them very closely before I brought them into my house. I’m no dummy.

The best part is all they needed was a wipe with a damp rag.

Sure, the mission oak chair is a bit lumpy to sit on, but the leather is aged to perfection and actually in amazing condition. I’ve listed it on Facebook Marketplace for $400, frankly so high because I kind of want to keep it for my own 1914 craftsman bungalow.

Lookit’ how pretty she is! A chair that’s lasted 100+ years so far and still looks like a million bucks!



The other chair is a midcentury side chair that I think is from the brand Jasper. (I could be wrong as the chair has no manufacturer’s mark.) It does have a couple of cracks in the vinyl seat, but is otherwise in amazing condition. I’ve listed it for $60 and expect it’ll sell quickly, but that’s out of my control.



What do you think, should I keep the craftsman chair? I’m trying to build my savings back up and the last thing I actually need is a lumpy statement chair. But it’s so pretty!

Katy Wolk-Stanley

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Selena June 28, 2024 at 7:18 pm

Pragmatic me says sell it as a) the chair has no sentimental value, b) you’ve made no compelling argument as to what use it is besides being ornamental – your word lump, and c) potential unknown dollars to said savings.
It does look Mission style but manufacture date unknown. Let us know if you sell it.


Jen in Santa Cruz June 28, 2024 at 7:40 pm

Keep the Craftsman chair! It is so perfect for your house. Or keep it listed because $400 would be nice, too……But you might miss that chair forever if you let it go.


kate June 28, 2024 at 7:59 pm

what a dream find, i’d want to keep both honestly.


Denise June 28, 2024 at 11:36 pm

Sell it: first rule of furniture is that it fulfils its purpose well. A lumpy, uncomfortable chair falls at that hurdle. Unless you spend time and some money replacing or topping up the stuffing.


Susan June 29, 2024 at 2:43 am

Keep the chair! It is amazing and would be so nice in your home!


Fru-gal Lisa June 29, 2024 at 4:35 am

Hey, you may not get any offers for a $400 chair, so it may not be that hard of a decision. There’s another option: keep it for a while, and then sell it when you’re tired of the lumps and bumps. (Is there any way to smooth out the lumpy places?)
It is a nice antique-looking chair for an older home, but how badly do you need the cash?


A. Marie June 29, 2024 at 6:39 am

Fru-gal Lisa, Ruby, and others, I’m with you all: I’d advise keeping it for a while if it doesn’t sell at $400, and then dropping the price if Katy decides it isn’t for her.


Ava June 29, 2024 at 5:08 am

Keep it for a while and enjoy it. You can always sell it later but you can’t get it back once it is gone.


Sandy June 29, 2024 at 6:02 am

Keep it and enjoy it for awhile. If you decide to you can sell it then. Until then, treat yourself.


Ruby June 29, 2024 at 6:04 am

That is a lovely chair, so it’s a tough decision. It might be a slow seller at $400 and you thus get to enjoy it a while, though.


Peg June 29, 2024 at 6:04 am

Yes, keep it! You’ll regret it if you don’t. Can always be sold later.


Michele June 29, 2024 at 6:05 am

I thinkni would have sellers regret! It’s beautiful!


K D June 29, 2024 at 7:02 am

I’d sell the chair as $400 would be a welcome addition to your savings account. How many other items would you need to sell to earn that amount?


maeve June 29, 2024 at 7:32 am

Considering real Stickley chairs go for under $400 these days, you’re going to struggle. And didn’t you get rid of basically that same chair years ago?


Bee June 29, 2024 at 7:33 am

If you really truly love it, you should keep it. You’ll never find it again at the price you paid. Free treasure!


Jenne June 29, 2024 at 7:33 am

I have learned recently that there are multiple parts to the thrill of thrifting – finding the amazing treasure, enjoying it for however long (and because it was such amazing deal, the price per use is minuscule), and then making a profit on it whenever you choose to sell it … be it a day, a week, a month, a year.

Being a born and raised Midwesterner, it is ALL about the deal for us


Ranee June 29, 2024 at 7:34 am

I would keep the chair. You just don’t find them in that great of condition, every day. You may never see another one and if it fits in with your decor, all the more reason to keep it.


Janice June 29, 2024 at 7:50 am

Keep the chair – maybe have the cushion restuffed (well, for you it would be find a great cushion and restuff it yourself!). You don’t stumble across things that are perfectly suited for your home every day; while the money would be useful, the chair is a forever give to your home!
I wish I lived closer to you…


Cynthia June 29, 2024 at 9:46 am

Keep the chair. You can always sell it later if you need cash badly.


Laura June 29, 2024 at 12:53 pm

I would keep the oak chair, absolutely!
I improved an antique chair with a lumpy bottom by flipping it over and removing the black fabric. I carefully removed the tacks holding the webbing and springs. Doing 1 strip at a time, I re tacked the strips where they were taunt again. The whole time, I compressed all the springs by smooshing it with my knee and largest cutting board. The chair was resting upside down, against a coffee table. I then installed new black fabric that I bought at a crafting store. I reused the existing tacks. It cost around 5 bucks. It may not be the job that a professional would do but it’s much more comfortable and attractive than before.


Kathleen June 29, 2024 at 1:58 pm

Keep! It looks beautiful in your room, and I think it is well within your ability to augment the seat stuffing and still save the beautiful leather.


Jacinda July 4, 2024 at 5:32 pm

Keep the chair! It’s meant for your house!


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