Twelve years ago, I attended the Brimfield Antique Show for the first time. I had been prepped by veteran antique buyers, Tracy Foley and Sean Delaney, on what to expect, which fields to see and how to barter with dealers. I went by myself and would meet up with them if I could (this was pre-texting, pre-Twitter, pre-social media-sponsored events), relying solely on cellular phones for communication. I had parked my car on the J&J Promotions field, and made my way to my first booth. Within ten minutes of being there, I saw this stool, and had to have it. It was chunky and solid. It was textured and paint worn. It was red. The funny thing is that it wasn’t even for sale. One of the ladies manning the booth was sitting on it. So, after negotiating on a price — I think I paid $75 (or $90, I can’t remember now) — and agreeing to pick it up at the day’s end (so that the vendor would still have her seat for the day), it was mine. It was a spontaneous purchase, and felt like I was “getting on the board” with my purchases too quickly, but it’s one of my favorite things in our home.
The wood plank seat is split and worn – I’m not sure where it originated from – but it looks like reclaimed barn flooring.
All of the imperfections like the worn paint on the legs add to its character.
The piece is one-of-a-kind, and whether it holds any monetary value or not is not important. I love it and it makes me happy. It’s my philosophy on buying things for your home. Buy what you love and it’ll always have a place – don’t worry about fitting into your home’s aesthetic. Don’t waver.
photos by Ei3’s