Ah, the classic (and very Classy if I may say) Verner Panton "S" Chair. Simple and Elegant, no? Combined with modern materials and construction techniques these attributes are, as they ever were, Timeless!
Yes, I spotted these four Vitra brand "S" chairs on Craigslist yesterday morning
just after getting out of bed. Yes, it's the first thing I do in the morning and
the last thing I do before I hit the hay. Getting the good stuff requires a
certain level of commitment. It's the same reason that, even though I am SO NOT
a morning person, I get up at 7:30am to hit the Flea Markets during the warm
months (so quickly dwindling...sad). Early bird gets the worm! So anyway, yeah...
they were listed as "4 yellow modern chairs - $25" at about 10:00PM the previous
day and Somehow I was the first to respond the next morning at about Noon!
I figured that the "$25" was for each (it was) and made sure the seller knew I was
ready to spend a hundred bucks my typing "$100 offer" in the Subject line. Money
seems to get people attention like very little else. After talking to the seller
we agreed to meet at a mutually agreeable location and I offered an additional
$25 ostensibly to cover the sellers effort of loading and transport but for realz,
once again, to ensure loyalty. It's a trick I picked up from a my best bud from
high school. He was in Car Sales for a while. The devils occupation.
They have all these little tricks to get you to make one of the largest purchases
of your life. One is simply to offer (emphatically...like foist it upon you!) to
buy you a soda. Simple, but suddenly you have this little feeling inside you that
you owe this guy at least a listen. And that's where it goes all so terribly
wrong. Yeah, you thought you had it all under control...until you had that soda.
What was IN that soda??? But anyway, I use that little trick to my advantage
where I can and it don't hurt the Karma to pay a little More for something that
is clearly undervalued. I never EVER haggle on an undervalued item.
Status Update 11-25-10: Panton Has LEFT the Building! (chairs are gone)