A reader has a question about a recent purchase at the Restore.
I've been reading your blog for a few months now (and thoroughly enjoying it). My husband and I live in Bryan/College Station, we make treks to Austin whenever we can. Unfortunatley there's not much mid-century to be found in our area (at least not yet), although I do stumble on an occassional piece. Today at the Habitat ReStore I found two of these hairpin leg foot stools.I love my Restore, but never have I found anything so amazing at it.
Once I got them home I removed the newer fabric and found the original cushions still underneath. Too bad they were pretty beat up. I imagine I'll have them recovered, or just repurpose the legs (a bench, perhaps). I'd love your thoughts! I'm still trying to develop an eye for good MCM pieces. I don't know anything about these, and couldn't find much online. Was $10 each a deal?
Christine and Joey
Christine and Joey, that is to say: You found a diamond in the Restore. If nothing else, for the hairpin legs alone. Reproduction foot stool hairpin legs can cost $15-$25 each, even cheap hairpin style legs will cost more than $2.50 a piece, so four (probably) vintage hairpin legs for $10 is an amazing deal.
On top of that, you have two functioning stools, with original fabric. And if that blue fabric is the original fabric, please keep one of the stools intact, even if it's a bit beat up - it's so pretty.
You might still be developing your eye, your instincts are good. Nice buy.