Monday, September 6, 2010

Vintage Deck Chairs ~

Over the summer, my friend I were at a local flea market.  It was only 9am but the sun was really hot and we had been walking for nearly two hours...

As we turned the aisle, we literally stumbled upon two vintage deck chairs....

They looked interesting, 
and we were really tired 
so we asked the seller if we could take a seat...   


We were both surprised how comfortable they were.... 
and sturdy.... 
ahhhh... relaxing!

We started to notice some of the details...


Brass fittings







Chunky old screws
and soft weathered wood...


By this time, I was wondering what the price was... 

My friend and I had been ooohing.... 
and ahhing over these chairs 
for at least 5 minutes 
which is completely against Rule #1!!!

You've heard of Rule #1...
 right???

NEVER let a seller know that you are emotionally invested in an item...
cause I can guarantee you the price will go UP!

As I was getting ready to ask the price 
I noticed this...




and then THIS...




Oh my word....

They are antique chairs from a ship... 1st class no less!




Pretty soon it became clear... 
 if I didn't purchase these chairs
another couple was going too. 

After a little negotiation, 
we folded these babies up 
and carried them out to the car.


Did I overpay... yes a little... it was my own fault, 
I broke RULE #1...

But, I have two very unique chairs... 
and every time I sit in them
I totally feel 
1ST CLASS!!!

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37 comments:

PAT said...

Fabulous find! I would have broken rule #1 too!

Lori said...

They look first class too! Great chairs, how fun and a great story. Rule number one I will keep in mind.

Natalie @ Blossoming Visions said...

Hey if you love them than no price is ever too high ; ) I would have over payed too!

Carol said...

Some times you gota do just what cha' gota do! If you hadn't bought those chairs, you would have regretted it forever! They are great looking! Congrats!
Carol in GA

Val said...

Oh my, Those are glorious!!! I would have over payed also. I live in Newbury Park.

Tina said...

Hi Marcy. These chairs are fabulous! Even more fabulous that they come from a ship...the stories they could tell!! Enjoy your new treasures:) Hope you have a lovely week ~ Tina

Red Gate Farm said...

Great find. You seem to have a knack for being in the right place at the right time... or is it the right sale at the right price?

Hope you enjoy them for many summers to come.

chris

Ticking and Toile said...

OK, but those are totally worth it!! I would've done the same thing :) Love them! And all the details....amazing.

xo,
Shellagh

Our really empty nest said...

WOW, they are awesome! Great find! Sue

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

They look first class...lucky you!!!

Blessings,
Linda

kathie said...

Very cool! Even if you overpaid a little, that's a once-in-a-lifetime find... you would have regretted it forever if you hadn't snatched them up. Love them!

nanab said...

You find the coolest things. They are gorgeous.

Laura said...

Very nice... I'm on the lookout for some vintage sling deckchairs, but only ever see them in the UK... I'll keep on looking though. Oh, and I'm terrible with Rule#1... I wear my heart on my sleeve! Lx

Sarah said...

Way to go! It's okay to break the #1 rule for something so fabulous with a great story. Really, how could you NOT get them! I love their color and their shape ~

Hope your long weekend was a good one!
Sarah

BriarRose said...

I noticed several people have said the same thing....sometimes we run across something that really isn't paying too much, because it is something we will treasure and take care of so someone else has that opportunity in the future. There are a couple of pieces that I passed up many many years ago and still regret doing that. On another subject....with your skill at finding great pieces, I think you should do a guided tour of some of the great flea markets in your area. I know I'd sign up! :) Have a gareat week!

BriarRose said...

I wasn't trying to be Tony the Tiger with the "gareat"...just a typo. Do hope you have a great one though! Debra

Sarah said...

Well, I knew from the first time I visited Antique Chase that you were First Class! What an amazing find. These are truly something unique. Being comfortable, well that's a bonus! ~ Sarah

Rozmeen said...

Wow these chairs are fabulous!!! great find...love the holland tag.

Thanks for your lovely visits at my blog. They bring me a smile every time I read them.

Hugs.
Rozmeen

Sue said...

WOW, these chairs are really cool... Sometimes, it can be very hard not to break rule number one. LOL

Deserae said...

What a wonderful find those are....incredible! I always break rule #1! LOL
~Des

Kristen White said...

Love the weathered wood...amazing finds!
Kristen

Elizabeth Ann said...

Oh my goodness, these are fabulous! Thanks for stopping by.

Elizabeth Ann

cheryls fascinatingfinds said...

Love those and they look so cool on your porch...good score my friend!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Brass? Weathered wood? Nautical? A history? I absolutely L-O-V-E these!

Amy

Denise said...

My hubby is REALLY big on rule #1 ! But I think you did the right thing by buying those chairs. The fact that they were from an old cruise ship definitely would have sealed the deal for me. They're awesome!

Kristy said...

I LOVE EM'
what a great outdoor space to relax in. and the perfect chairs to do it in!

Susy said...

Have you researched the history of the SS Amsterdam yet? There are pictures of the ship and a passenger list from 1899. What fun imagining the conversations that took place, the books that were read, and the letters that were written from those chairs.

edie said...

great find! if chairs could talk?!
lots of love,
edie

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

I absolutely love your deck chairs...and the brass 1st class tags...need I say more.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

These are SO unique! I LOVE them!! I am afraid I break Rule #1 ALL THE TIME!!! LOL I am waaaaaaay to emotional and demonstrative for my own good!!

Great find!

Lou Cinda :)

Cori said...

I just can't get over these chairs! What a find!!!!! I can't believe the metal plaques...such treasures from the past.

Can I just say that I'm quite green with ENVY???

Lucky girl!

Cori

Atticmag said...

Deck chairs are fabulous and so comfortable -- I'll bet they were made with super great materials to look that good this long. Congrats on a magnificent buy!

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Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

Great find! My dad has one and they are comfortable!

Elizabeth said...

Fantastic find! I'm jealous :)

Linda said...

Great find....I would have broken all the rules to get those chairs!

Lady1880s said...

I have one of these deck chairs too. I can't help but wonder who may have sat in it and what the conversation would be. By the way it has the SS Amsterdam and first class only brass plates on it. I read somewhere that the ship was scraped in 1979 in San Francisco,Haven't used it yet but,couldn't pass it up.

Anonymous said...

Dear All
I also have one of these fantastic chairs , but .... i found mine in a second hand shop in western australia ! my wife and i feel the same as the other lucky owners . i wonder whos aristocratic rear has sat upon my chair sipping a gin and tonic and discussing just how good life is .
Rupert , r00p@hotmail.co.uk