Friday, April 11, 2014
Oh How I Hate Waiting. Just Ask The Girlfriend. Restaurant With A Wait List? C-Ya. Line At The Grocery Store...Hmmph. Mostly It's This Instant Gratification World, But Sometimes It's Just Apprehension. A "Will It Be There When I Have Time To Pick It Up?" Kinda Worry. Status: No Worries...This Time!
This Fabulous Knoll Bastiano sofa and love seat were made available at about midnight the evening before last. I shot off a note to the seller a couple hours after it was posted with little hope of actually scoring the set, but then...the next morning I got the call.
The seller called me about 11:30 yesterday morning after reading my e-mail. I had expressed a hope
to be able to pick the set up before heading off to work at 1:30 but when I thought about trying to
accomplish the feat...I thought better of it. I still had the four club chairs in the back of Frank. I can
get a lot done in a short amount of time...but this would be pushing my limits. She suggested that we
meet after I get off work (which I had mentioned I would be available for if it were necessary). This
meant that I'd have to wait...all - day.
Surely you've experienced a craigslist fail wherein the seller opted to go for the sure sale who showed
up before your appointment. It's kind of the law of the jungle...but lots of sellers heed their
conscience and will keep an appointment with the first respondent as best they can before moving on
to any other buyers. God love those sellers! Luckily for Mr. M the seller of this fantastic Knoll
living room set kept our appointment for later that evening. It was kinda driving me nuts all evening
long at work!
Turns out I had nothing to worry about. The sellers waited for me to show and even helped me load
up. They had wildly under priced this teak and (what I believe is) wool seating designed by Tobia
Scarpa. Sure, there are some glue joint issues and someone in the past has taken liberties with
making repairs by adding a few extra screws where there shouldn't be and a pair of braces underneath
where they can't be seen, but these issues can be easily overlooked. It's still a beautiful set and while
the glue joints really should be re-glued...the set is still structurally sound. If they don't move quickly,
I might just keep the sofa and replace the green one we have in the family room!
There's the delivery tag from Knoll to the old Famous-Barr department store warehouse downtown.
I believe that building is now the Goodwill "by the pound" outlet and a second hand office equipment
retailer now. 1980...wow, that was just over 34 years ago. Anyway, if you'd like to get your buns on
some nice higher end seating, the set is already in the booth at Creve Coeur for your inspection.
I think your buns'll like it!