On one hand, I reason that if it was meant to be, it would have happened. And maybe I'm better off without it--probably saved hundreds in reupholstery! On the other hand, secondhand pieces are truly one-of-a-kind; so if I loved it (and I have loved many, many pieces that have popped up on eBay, Craigslist, the Rose Bowl swap meet, the Fairfax swap meet, St. Vincent DePaul...), I shouldn't settle on getting something I'm not too thrilled about.
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