The One That Got Away: Eero Aarnio Pastil Chair

The One That Got Away: Eero Aarnio Pastil Chair

Amy Azzarito
Nov 13, 2008

We spotted a white version of this Eero Aarnio Pastil chair at a Chicago Salvation Army a few years ago when we were furnishing our first apartment. We checked the price--$75--a little too much for an impulse purchase, so we mulled it over while we walked around the store.

Literally fifteen minutes later, we saw a man walk out the store with him arms around it. We learned our lesson, if you even think you like it, pick it up. Not knowing this cardinal rule of thrift shopping, we missed out. But we learned our lesson. We have no idea if this was a real Aarnio Pastil Chair, but we did some digging. An Aarnio Pastil chair from Unica Home sells for $2,285. We don't think we'll be getting one soon.

What about you? Is there something that you passed by at a flea market only to come back and it was gone.
Tell us about your one that got away.

We'd love to hear about the flea market lessons you've learned.

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