Monday, May 27, 2013

The Great Jettison: Ethan Who?

At this point in the game, the best stuff to get rid of is the biggest stuff.  In our house, we don't get much bigger than the Ethan Allen table and chairs.  We purchased the set shortly after our wedding at a flea market in Sioux City.  We really liked the quality of the table and the price wasn't too bad for us at the time.  It was missing a leaf in the middle and had a broken Lazy Susan.

Ethan Allen dining table with four chairs on display before being sold on Craigslist

We bought it and dragged it across Iowa to our first apartment, where we promptly learned that we don't know how to take care of a finished table.  In the photos one can see the white smudges where the waxy finish was damaged by a hot beverage set right on the wood.  How were we to know?

Ethan Allen table on display with a scuff in the finish before being sold on Craigslist

Later in the life of the table, the glue in the spindles of the chairs started to let go.  Not having the tools to drill or ream out the old glue, I kept attempting to glue and pin them back together.  Ultimately, I had to admit defeat.  We were faced with the choices of getting the table professionally fixed up OR selling it for a deal and keeping the retro table and chairs we were given by our very generous neighbors.

Follow the jump to find out what we chose AND what else we sold... Wait, that gave it away!

Well, we did decide to sell the set for a deal, and had a family lined up to buy it.  They came over and let us know they were furnishing a new dwelling for a family member.

Captain's chair as part of a dining set from Ethan Allen before being sold on Craigslist
The captain's chair
At that, my ears perked up.  After all, I had lots of furniture for sale at the time and was itching to get it gone.  I asked if I could show them a few more pieces I had for sale.  In particular, they were interested in the large coffee table.

Chair from Ethan Allen dining set before being sold on Craigslist
One of the non captain's chairs
Yes, this coffee table.  I cut them a package deal for both pieces and helped them load everything up in a horse trailer they had brought down to purchase our pieces and a few other items that evening.  I always liked this coffee table, and I know it went to a good home.  Just another success on Craigslist!

Large coffee table on display before being sold on Craigslist

A side look at the large coffee table before being sold on Craigslist

Angle view of the large wooden coffee table before being sold on Craigslist

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