Monday, May 19, 2014

So long old friend...

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This huge, vintage, solid as a rock, heavy, Ethan Allen Early American sofa has been in my family for as long as I've been on the planet. Well over half a century.
But back then is was a groovy avocado green, baby.

My mama passed it along to me back around 2005. So I went ahead and had it reupholstered along with new foam cushions in a cottage-y/farmhouse-y plaid. That I absolutely love.
But an off white sofa isn't conducive for every day living. At least not in this home with my sweet hubs, a couple furbabies and quite frankly... me. I'm usually covered in some kind of paint. Or dirt. Or Stella drool.

Then there's my other problem... I change wall color like I change my underwear. So I had a whole new color scheme after only a year or two.
For the record. I change my wears about every six months. ((giggle))
I'm kidding! I'm kidding! That's all I need is a rumor like that!

Remember I had a green living room?
Make that three different shades of a green living room.

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But I still couldn't bring myself to part with it completely so I asked my extended family if they wanted it. Nope.
That's when I had the brainstorm to put it upstairs in the spare bedroom.
You know the kind of bedroom that has all the furniture you can't seem to let go of and really isn't a bedroom at all? Yeah, that kind of bedroom.
So my sweet hubs and I
(by the grace of God) carried it up our extremely narrow stairway and weaseled it into the spare bedroom. There it sat for a few years.

Well this weekend, I decided it was finally time to say goodbye. Sentimental or not, I had to let go.
Yesterday, I put it up on
**all together now** Craigslist. Since I've been blessed with getting fantastic deals on there myself, I thought it was best to pay it forward and list if for a great price.

I got an email from a sweet, young gal who said she wanted it.

You should have seen us trying to get it down the stairs last night!
Ummm... God's grace was running a little behind yesterday.

This afternoon, she and her hubs and their four wee ones drove about an hour to pick it up. I found out this young family farmed their land. Well, you all know I'm always tickled to find out a young couple decides to get into farming. Lord knows we all need that and we need young people getting into the trades too.

When they got to our home, my sweet hubs greeted them from the front porch. When he saw the wee ones he says, "Well go on in and try out the couch!" Once Mom gave the go ahead, they all piled on the couch. It was an adorable sight that warmed my heart so.
Just then a little one asks, "Mom, can I have something to eat?" That's when I knew all was good.
So I leaned into Mom and quietly asked her if I could give them each a lollipop. She was fine with it and I saw a sea of smiling faces when I brought out my lollipop jar.
When all was said and done and they strapped the sofa down in their pickup, I was at peace with letting go of a piece of my family.

Who knows? Maybe 50 years from now, that little (hungry) one will want to have it reupholstered and continue the history of the huge, vintage, solid as a rock, heavy, Ethan Allen Early American sofa.
Lords only knows with four wee ones and an off white sofa... It will definitely need it. ((giggle))

Now I can set up the daybed I had leaning in the corner of that bedroom, in that bedroom!!!

:> )


Theresa F said...

It is beautiful! I would have snapped it up too. Things are not made like they used to be that's for sure.

Peri said...

Lovely way to deal with furniture that one no longer can use. This family will really get great use out of it I am certain.
Daybed? More seems never-ending. But it is SO much fun to do, isn't it?
Carry on.

tj said...

...You're so funny! lol... ;o)

...I just love that sofa too. Isn't it a great feeling when you pass along something you love to someone that loves it also? I tried to do that last summer with a 1950's Simmons sleeper sofa that we had upstairs since we bought our homestead in 1993. It was complete with gold flecked upholstery and built like an old Buick too. I tried to give it away on Craigslist but no one would take it due to it being upstairs and they would have to move it. We sadly had to take it apart and it ended up in the trash. It was sad to see 'cause they just don't make furniture like that anymore. I'm glad yours found a good home. :o)

...Thanks for the laughter!

...Peace & blessings. :o)

Primitive Stars said...

Oh ya, I would have snapped it up too, love it. Glad someone will enjoy the beautiful couch, Blessings Francine.

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