Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Hittin' The Road For Vintage Booty. Danish Daybed Treasure Spotted In Columbia Mo. Status: Got.
I was off work Thursday and Friday so I took the opportunity to scrounge through the "outer ring" of craigslists including Springfield Il., Cape Girardeau Mo. and Columbia Mo. These are all within easy daytrip driving distance from St. Louis. The St. Louis craigslist was yielding nothing but the same old "bumped up" stuff so finding these in Columbia Mo. was a breath of fresh air.
Maybe "breath of fresh air" is the wrong phrase since these have been spending time with four
animals. Yeahhhhh.....wrong phrase indeed. The previous owner tried valiantly to eradicate or
at least mask the pet aromas with something like carpet fresh but it just ain't workin'. At least
the upholstery isn't otherwise perfect so reupholstery isn't going to be a hard choice to make.
Well sorta. The back cushions covers seem to be ok. But for real...they all should be done.
I had to fill Frank before hitting the road. 335 miles on 11.7 gallons...that's 28.6 MPG mixed
city and highway! Not too shabby, right? This is why I insisted on another Ford Focus Wagon
when the former Frank Focus Wagon gave up the ghost at 200,000 miles. The car is light and
agile, which makes it fun to drive...has tons of cargo room for hauling all this crazy stuff and
gets great gas mileage! I did a lot of looking around for anything better (at a price I could
afford of around $7,000) and nothing seemed close. I can't recommend buying a Frank for
Yup, they both fit INSIDE Frank. Ok...it wasn't exactly a comfortable drive home with the
front seats pushed pretty far forward but it was easier than strapping them to the roof. And I
still would have had the "aromatic" seat cushions laughing at me from the back of the car either
way. Then, even after stuffing Frank with these two sofas, I still stopped at a couple antique
malls and found room for more!
The Danish style platform "daybed" sofas are a little banged up and need a good rub down but
the bones are there and they are solid. I'm hoping the seat cushion foam can be salvaged. The
backrest cushion foam seems good. That's the harder part to replace so that's good. You
might recognize the Hey / Wake square table back there between the two sofas. It looks great
with the set and I'll probably make a "package" deal with the sofas and table when I get them
cleaned up enough to list. I'll see what Mother Modtomic thinks about recovering the cushions
and possibly have them done as well. I've got some great dark blue material that looks very
much like the blue danish sofas I bought on Halloween night but is slightly darker. I might use
that. We'll see.