This black metal chair was one that I really wanted to keep for myself. It was so comfortable and bouncy. I posted it on my Facebook page on the day I bought it:
I brought it to our tent sale in May and priced it at $75. Too high, I thought, hoping to bring it home and put it on my front porch.
During the afternoon of the sale, a woman walked up to the chair, looked at the price tag and announced, "I'll take that chair". No bargaining. No second thoughts.
Turns out she collects these chairs. They were originally designed by Francois Carre in the 1860s, but this one was probably made sometime in the 1940s. The pattern is called sunburst or pinwheel, and is worth a bit more than similar chairs because it has arms and it bounces (not rocks).
It is probably worth at least $150 because it was in excellent condition.
When I first bought the chair at a local yard sale for $30, I thought it was unique. I even attempted to find some more information about it online, but I guess I just didn't Google the right words. I used words like metal lawn chair star pattern, vintage patio chair starburst, and antique bounce chair star. Nothing.
If only I used the word sunburst instead of starburst. Dammit! I would have made a bit more money. Actually, I probably would have kept the chair.
After the tent sale, I came home and googled Carre Sunburst Chair and found a very helpful post on Mrs. Blanding's blog. The post demonstrates that there isn't much information available about these chairs (so I shouldn't beat myself up for not knowing about them).
But, the dagger sunk a little deeper when I saw this photo on her blog. It is from one of my favorite documentaries, Grey Gardens. There is my chair!! You can't see the seat in this photo, but I bet it has cat poop on it.
Have you ever sold something that you regretted afterwards? Either because you loved it, or because you learned more about it after the fact?