I am a firm believer of “one cannot have too many Eames shell chairs.” Over the years, I have acquired six Herman Miller Eames shell chairs. Other than the two I bought off eBay, they cost almost nothing. All six of them have been given TLC – I have Eames shell chairs in every room in my house and always have room for more.
I didn’t think Tuesday was a typical garage/yard sale day, but I came across one on the way to work. I immediately spotted two Herman Miller student desks with orange side shell chairs, but no one on site. The house was a little run down (I drive through a shabby neighborhood to avoid traffic) and I was afraid to knock on the door at 7 o’clock in the morning. With a mental image of a scary person coming out with a shotgun, I continued my way to work. I’m such a chicken.
I took an early lunch to visit the yard sale and found a little boy (8-ish) sitting on one of the chairs. I asked him if they were for sale. He hesitated for a while and mumbled “I’d sell both for six dollars.” I thought that was a steal – then knowing that they were worth much more than that, I felt bad giving him just six dollars. After all, the little boy was watching the yard sale for the family. You see, I do have a soft spot for little kids, not just puppies, kittens and other furry animals. I offered him 10 dollars for both.
I was supposed to go on my merry way for scoring two Eames shell chairs, but all of sudden, a thought hit me. “Maybe he wasn’t supposed to sell these chairs to me. I should’ve had him ask his parents to make sure it was ok. What if he gets in trouble? Oh, what if he gets punished for it? I’d feel REALLY bad if I saw him on the news tomorrow – “a child in DHS custody after being punished for selling chairs he wasn’t supposed to.” My wild imagination did not end there, so I went back.
Me: “Hey, I had to come back, because I just wanted to make sure it was okay for you to sell them to me. You sounded unsure. I didn’t want you to get in trouble. Did your parents say it was okay?”
Boy: “Yeah, they were for sale. I said six, but you gave me 10. Nana said it was okay, but she said I was supposed to sell them for 20.”
Me: “Well, alright. I will give you another 10.”
This is probably what happened after I left:
Boy: “Nana, I sold those old desks with chairs to a weird lady. I told her six, but she gave me 10.”
Nana: “I’ve never heard anyone pay more than what you asked for at a yard sale. She must be crazy. If you’d say 20, she would’ve probably given you 20.”
Considering these desk/chair combos were probably used in school, there are in pretty good shape. No significant damages like cracks which seem to be pretty common for these chairs. Shock mounts have some cracks, but that’s not a big deal. On top of that, no gum on the bottoms! These may not be a big score, but I am really happy with them.
Recap for my spending today:
Two Herman Miller student desks with orange shell chairs – $10.00
Peace of mind for my wild imagination- $10.00
Two more Eames shell chairs to love – priceless