Friday, October 18, 2013
How Far Would You Drive And To Score What? Mr. Modtomic Has Been Known To Wander Far And Wide To Acquire Many A Treasure. How 'Bout You? Status: Curious.
Roadtrips must be in my blood. I've been to California three time and only flew there (against my better judgement) once. Every Spring and Summer the Girlfriend and I strike out toward parts unknown in the car, looking for adventure. Even the drive to Chicago from St. Louis, what would seem pretty boring, is actually quite nice...what with all the pretty windmills and usually a lovely sunset!
I thought I was kinda slowing down with the roadtrip craigslist scavenging but just a few days ago I
took a trip to Springfield Il. to pick up a Burke dining set! This evening at work I got to wondering
what the complex formula is of desire, price, distance and time. Then I got to wondering if this...
affliction, let's call it...is wide spread or if I'm pretty much alone on the road.
This Selig "Z" chair was one of the first big roadtrip craigs-finds that I blogged about. I had just
shifted a number of big items over the previous couple weeks and I wanted to splurge on something
nice for myself. I couldn't find an Eames Lounger and Ottoman, but I found the next best thing...in
Springfield Mo. That's a haul. That's 220 or so miles each way...and this chair was not cheap. I don't
normally talk about how much I buy items for here but I will this time since I'll probably never let go
of my Z chair. I was liberated of just under $400 for this and was happy to be so.
I've only made the roadtrip to Chicago a couple of times for craigs-scores, one of which was for a
second Broyhill Brasilia nightstand for our personal bedroom suite and another was for a set of Knoll
/ Hardoy style butterfly chairs that I've oddly never featured here on Mr. Modtomic. But what I have
featured is the pair of nightstand above that I made the 300 mile each way roadtrip to deliver to new
and loving owners in Chicago. So sometimes it works in reverse!
Looks like the 500 mile round trip might be close to my limit because these Bertoia side chairs
came from a Kansas City craigslist ad a few years ago. Again, I'm probably never going to let these
go so I'll just let the cat out of the bag and tell you, I paid $140 bucks for the four of them...with
pads. What would you do? Would you spend 3 and a half or so hours driving to a 10 minute
meeting, then turn your butt right around and drive the same 3 and a half hours home for these...for
Also culled from the Kansas City craigslist was this formidable Poul Kjærholms PK 24 Lounge /
Chaise. This and another chair lured me to the KC just a few months ago. The second chair is still
awaiting new upholstery - just as soon as I get off my lazy butt and get the appropriate material for it,
but the PK 24 is currently available. It's in amazing condition and is such a standout piece...it just
dominates a room though. Not for everyone.
Not every road trip drags me so far astray. This Drexel Declaration set was a mere 100 miles (give
or take) from home. I know you probably remember this other Drexel Declaration set that I featured
here not too long ago, but that set went though the booth at The Green Shag Market and is long gone.
This particular set is actually still in the garage! I just haven't gotten around to doing anything with it
yet...if you can believe it!
Sometimes it's not even how far you go...but how far you are WILLING to go (like...out of your way
- or...in dealing with darkness and bad internet directions!) to score that deal! This IKEA Sater sofa
was listed one evening while I was at work and it was just so cheap (and c'mon...it's a good looking
LEATHER sofa) that I had to pop on it. Turned out to be a crazy late night buy, but I got it home and
lived to blog the tale.
I've made a few other roadtrips for various items like this very early set of Fiberglass Panton chairs
along with a few unidentified patio bits and a pair of Danish style daybeds, so it's fair to assume that
Mr. M. is not afraid to turn a wheel to get a deal. But what about you?
How far would you go....and for what?!