Friday, September 19, 2014
Did A Little Craigslist Shopping Last Night And Brought Home Lots Of Dining Options. This Paul McCobb - Irwin Collection By Calvin Dining Set Had Sat On C-list For Nearly A Week Before I Noticed It! Luckily, I Was The Buyer Who Was The First To Suss It Out. Status: Gone.
I recall taking a passing look at this dining set on craigslist Wednesday evening and not thinking much about it but then it passed my eyes again a little later and I noticed the brass bracing under the chairs and table. I'd seen that before. Paul McCobb. Five minutes of research later and I was firing off an email!
It was late and I was sure that, even though it had been sitting on craigslist for 6 days previous to this
new posting, it would already be snapped up by some other knowledgeable buyer. This was the first
item that got me a little giddy in a while. It's not often you find good solid Paul McCobb on craigslist
for a bargain price. Sadly, the type of finish (that '70s speckled pecan) and the upholstery (egad) keep
this from being a super score.
Finish and upholstery aside, this is a great score. It can easily be used as is since it is in great
structural condition with nary a hint of wobble in any of the chairs or the table. Given that, it would
make a great candidate for a refinish and upholstery project. This could be a BEAUTIFUL dining set
with a little elbow grease! And you'd have YOUR choice of upholstery and a brand new finish...for a
Fraction of what you'd shell out for this from a shop or 1stDibs.
So yeah, I spotted it on craigslist last night and shot off the email asking the seller to call me this
morning if it hadn't already been sold. I was pleasantly surprised to take that call at 10am! Of course
the seller woke me out of a dead sleep, but I didn't let on. I don't want Everybody to know what a
slacker I am. I got the coordinates and headed out the door...only to remember that I had just picked
up a couple other items the night before after work. They had to come out of Frank if I was to have
any hope of stuffing all of this in there. Then I had to go to the bank for fundage. After picking up
the set and Tetris-ing it all into the car I headed straight to the Antique Mall of Creve Coeur where I
took these pics and installed the set in booth 307 before heading home, showering and going into
work. Whew...just another day in paradise!