The Simple Serendipity of Craigslist

The Simple Serendipity of Craigslist

Jason Loper
Aug 29, 2011

I've been trolling craiglist for months in search of a wingback chair for my living room. I had just about given up when I came across the most perfect set of two wingbacks plus an ottoman. It wasn't until the next day that I discovered I have something in common with Emily Henderson…

A couple of days after I had made the trek out to the suburbs to purchase two dark blue velvet chairs from a craigslist ad, I stumbled upon the photo of Emily Henderson's identical chair. In my mind, this made my new acquisition even better!

Now, about my chairs … I am so excited to have finally found exactly what I was looking for - a quality, comfortable wing back chair that's in a condition that is at least livable. After seeing nasty chair after hideous, stained chair on craiglist, I had practically given up hope and was starting to think I'd have to start saving up for a brand new chair. And then kismet. My husband and I were actually about to head out to see a movie when I did a quick search on craigslist for wingback chairs and found an ad for two dark blue velvet wingbacks and an ottoman for $200. And the best part? Because these chairs came from a house in the suburbs, where folks have more than a few hundred square feet to work with, this set had been in the owner's "front room", where they were rarely used. So I've actually ended up with chairs that are more than just livable — they're in excellent condition!

The seller wasn't willing to split up the set so I came home with all three pieces, expecting that I would resell one of the chairs and perhaps the ottoman, too. Now that I have them in my apartment, however, I've decided to make room for the second chair. (OK, so the fact that I saw that Emily Henderson, one of my style inspirations, had blogged about a similar chair, also helped me decide to keep the extra.)

Images: Emily Henderson via Deliciously Organized and Jason Loper

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