Tuesday, February 9, 2010

presenting my new chairs

ok so these are my old chairs:
they are old. antiques even, probably late 1800's early 1900's. have to ask the MIL this as they came from her. very well made, arts and crafts and SOO not me. anyway.. i am selling them to make way for these:
ah yes, the tolix chair...marais chair...whatever you want to call it i love it. it works in any and every (good) decor. just look and see for yourself...
eclectic, modern country above....contemporary, modern below...


cote de joni's girlfriend sally wheat and her mish mash of belgian modern shabby whatever...looks great.

the green in this space is so yummy. but this space in general is so yummy you could sit on steaming piles of shit and it would still be pretty..

i also love the armchair version but think i will just stick with the non-arm variety. 6 please.


if you can find vintage tolix that are all tarnished consider yourself lucky...they are what i really want. but i will settle for shiny new ones and tarnish them up with years of use myself..

i know the exposed lightbulbs are all the rage right now but i find them to be too interrogation city. maybe in a reading nook over a tufted armchair but not over a table. although i do like those anthropologie sconces with the bare bulb in that cage thing-y..

for me personally i love how they look against a worn wood table, which is what i have- a big, antique, wonky pedestal table circa 1900.





see? they really do work anywhere. now, i have to try and price my chairs. do i go ebay or a dealer? anyone know anything about selling antiques? they aren't in the best shape (a little wear and tear but not much). the tolix chairs are about 200 a chair. i am pretty sure i can't get 200 a chair for mine but i think 100 at least, don't you? thoughts please.


images via from the right bank, cote de texas, marie claire maison, living etc, your mom the curator

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't know how to sell your chairs except maybe Craigslist?? But I'm just excited you like my chairs!! I look forward to your blog every day, makes me laugh out loud!
Sally Wheat

my favorite and my best said...

sally!!??? awesome.
i do love your chairs, room, light everything. i love a space that isn't too defined. and notice how i could barely put a name on yours?? that's a good room.

mb said...

Sundance catalog. Remember? They have 25% off sales and then give a discount if you buy a few.
I bought 6 there about two years ago... I am sitting in one now. Love, love, love them.
Mine are unpainted. Like the painted ones too, just couldn't decide on a color so I went with the classic non-color.

Hope you get to bring some home.

mb said...

PS. love the second photo. The room is so well edited.

Tamstyles said...

nice chairs

A Perfect Gray said...

O I do love me some of you. you AND those chairs. please post where you end up getting them as I now must have them too.

Lindsey Lou! said...

Hmmm....do you have an eBay seller's account? I would start there first, do something like "local pickup only" or have the seller arrange for shipping so that you don't have to pay an arm and a leg if you have to ship to say, Ellijay. I wouldn't do Craigslist, because those people are cheap as all get out and it seems like you're trying to make some $ so you can spend some $. Have you tried a local antique shop yet?

Design Darling said...

i don't know the first thing about selling furniture but i love those chairs and i can't wait to see what genius you churn out next.

ModFruGal said...

You won't regret them...I have some in my dining room and I seriously love them. I also love that I can drag them outside and hose them off before bringing them back in. In the depths of winter, it's nice to have a pillow for the ass-chill. Try selling on e-bay and you could ship those chairs Greyhound for cheap.

MODG said...

guess what. I have a gigando farm table and NO CHAIRS. Complete sin of my life. You have made me see that I need these. Here's the bitch. I'm po'. I can't afford billion dollar chairs. Can we find replicas? Help.
hearts.

Taylor said...

LOVE what you are doing, I'd sell em' on ebay and maybe give 10% to those people who will sell your crap on ebay for you so you dont have to do the packaging/ shipping of that many chairs.

Bonnie said...

These chairs are great -- I bought them at Smith & Hawken years ago...there is a store in my town that carries loads of colors -- go to www.antiquaireonline.com -- they have some in lipstick red that are amazing!

laurencorbyn said...

See if you can sell your chairs on consignment at a local antique store. They can help with pricing too.

Bailey @ peppermintbliss said...

Speaking as someone with ZERO credentials other than the mindsuck of hours recently spent on ebay trying to find chairs for my own dining room, I would say 100 a piece is probably very fair. Most of the chairs on there that looked like nothing special at all whatsoever were 200 and above...maybe get yours checked out in case you are sitting on some rare chair goldmine that the antique geeks will freak over (too much rhyming but it stays, sorry) you don't need to be giving shiz away for free!

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

Great choice. The tolix works anywhere with anything. I regret not having snagged some before I left Paris. I used to see tons of those old, tarnished ones you're talking about - okay, that's so not helpful here. If you end up getting new ones, here's my post with sources:
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sf/tolix-a-chair-099501
As I said there, look for discounts for multiple purchases. Good luck!

Dad said...

Please refrain from sitting in them during a thunderstorm. Mike? ok. Fiona? Not so much!!

melifaif said...

Not for me...but to each her own! Good luck.

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

I'm with the cats who suggest you either consign them through a local antique shop, or let a pro-Ebay-lister do it for you.

I've got major Tolix envy!

Anita Davis said...

are you going to put cushions on them? just wondering.
color or no?

susan said so said...

You're right about the always-perfection of these chairs, in all their forms and colors. I respectfully disagree, though, about the steaming piles of shit.

; )

xox,
Susan

Anonymous said...

"I know the exposed lightbulbs are all the rage right now. . ."

Really? Well that would just amuse the hell out of my great grandfather. According to Dad, who lived on a farm with his grandparents during the Depression, they couldn't afford better.

Undecor is no decor. And chic it ain't.

my favorite and my best said...

hey anon..im just here to write about what i like. or don't. i'm with you..the lightbulb thing is not for me...but it IS all the rage whether grandad had a lampshade or not.

Raina Cox said...

Tolix - Anna Wintour-approved:

http://tinyurl.com/ydzcn5h

fric and frac said...

Hey Jenny - you will love these! My sister and I both have these around our tables. I have the red ones and she has the galvanized steel ones. I love them! I was crushing on the vintage green ones in the above picture for a long time! But I never found them - so I got mine from the Sundance Catalog - as Marybeth suggested above - they always send those 25% off coupons and that's what I used! 25% off makes a difference when you buy a multitude of these chairs! I have also heard they often have them at the Sundance outlet in Utah - if you are ever in that neck of the woods!

Naomi said...

good god I love these chairs. I'm trying to find a way to buy myself a set of 6 or 8.
hoping to see them sitting on a street corner some day waiting for the trash man. a girl can dream, right?

Noel said...

I would start with craigslist because it's free and you live in a large city. List them for more than your willing to take. That way the hagglers feel like they got a good deal.

Ebay, auction houses, consignment shops, etc.. will eat a chunk of your profit. Not a bad way to unload the chairs, but the process is a bit more tedious (and time is money).

Domestic Goddess said...

SRSLY. Love you. Love the chairs. Now I see what my dining room has been missing. OUT with you, matchy matchy (eek, I hate the phrase, too, but it is what it tis) way too french-country-from-the-catalog ladderbacks that I have! NEED me soma these. Lets shop. Like this weekend. Scotts?

Anonymous said...

Everybody really 'hearts' those chairs? I thought they looked kinda industrial-goofy when they started appearing in the Sundance catalog. You've found so many photos of them, they seem rather ubiquitous to me. But they do seem to go with that 'bare bulbs and metal chairs in the employee break room down at the plant' motif.

Lauren said...

love them! and so many pretty pics- can't wait to see them in your house!!! (and i'm so bad with getting rid of stuff for $... i usually get lazy and try to pawn off on unsuspecting family ;)
xoxo

Levon said...

I didnt like them until the next to the last picture...they look like outside plastic chairs. But with an awesome coat of crackle spray paint i'd heart them, i think.

LindsB said...

Love those chairs as I have 6 of them too- I told you that before though so thats old news. Anyways, love them still and I think they are going to look awesome in your house

Anonymous said...

steaming piles of shit?
blech!
your mouth is such a turn off.

my favorite and my best said...

yeah yeah yeah.....

nancy said...

I used to live in Atlanta and sold some furniture through a consignment store in Dunwoody. You get a percentage of the sale, and they set the prices. I got good money for stuff that would have gone for a song on craigslist.

I love your blog so much!

Anonymous said...

Do you want to be/see yourself sitting on these chairs in 10 years (i.e. 50+)??? Too, in a few years the market will be flooded with the unwanted replicas. Bad investment IMO.

preppyplayer said...

First,
so cool- sally wheat.

Second,
not so cool- Anon's. negativity

Third-
You did your research! You gotta get those chairs.

Anonymous said...

Pottery Barn sells Tolix in red and white, maybe they have some at the outlet in Dawsonville...

Anonymous said...

preppyplayer,
ahh, stfu.
i agree w/anon 100%
you are not so cool yourself.