Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Chesterfield of Dreams

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via Snappy Chappy

The past few months have been marked by an on-again, off-again manic hunt to find the holy grail of furniture on craigslist: A vintage chesterfield sofa upholstered in green leather. I know... why don't you make your life more difficult, but we figured if we could find a sheaf table for next to nothing, then how hard could this be? Things only amped up when we got word from a customer that he was also in the market for a chesterfield (presumably one in a normal color though). So far the search has been pretty futile, but we're keeping our heads held high since today's a special day here at STUDY: it's our 100th post!

That's right... almost two years and countless em dashes and ellipses later, we're still here, but now we're obsessing over an elusive green monster of a couch.

In my mind's eye, I imagine we're gonna find this:


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And really, it's been a whole lot of this:


I hope you read that whole listing. This person channeled her first ghost (there were more?) on this couch and kissed a boyfriend on one of them. Of course I'm assuming it's a woman, but who knows? And let's hope that's all the boyfriend and person of indeterminate gender did on it. Or perhaps we should also be looking for a used steam cleaner while we're at it.

Anyway, such is the long hard road to finding a credible listing on craigslist. But we love these crazy postings (not all sofa related) since they're often the only thing that keeps you from crying when all your internet sleuthing is going nowhere. As our gift to you on this very special day of 100 posts, here are a few of the gems we've encountered over the last few months.

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Only in Uptown would someone try and charge $50 for a metal frame, sans glass top. And only in Uptown would that same person be so bluntly honest about the domestic strife that resulted in the loss of said glass top.


This listing is cross-filed under Cool Cats, Overpriced and Creepy-as-all-get-out.


Is that an imitation Eames lounger jerry-rigged to a barbershop base I see there? We'll reserve judgement on this one... depending on your vantage point, this is either infinitely cool, or utterly horrifying.

And now for the ultimate craigslist sin - pure, unadulterated laziness:


And lastly, be careful what you wish for when you enter the keyword "leather":


Because nothing says "holiday" quite like a leather daddy riding into town on his sled.

It's all so absurd, it makes you not really care that you can't find what you set out to look for. But if you do happen to find a chesterfield in green leather, please, EMAIL US.

Happy hunting!