The first armchair and sofa I bought, for my first apartment, took me six months to pick out, and then an astonishing six months to arrive. In the interim, the store where I bought them filed for bankruptcy (and eventually went out of business). In fact I was already in my second apartment when they were finally delivered.
Two years later I loaded the armchair and sofa into a trailer for my move to California. They arrived almost unscathed—except for the hole that my bike pedal tore through the upholstery in the back of the sofa (thankfully out of sight when set against a wall). A little over a year later, Stephanie and I moved to San Francisco together, and of course my armchair and sofa came with.
We decided to sell most of our furniture before heading out on our big adventure, but it seemed that nobody wanted my armchair and sofa. It wasn’t until the day before we were set to leave San Francisco, that someone expressed genuine interest. I think at this point I’d dropped the price to $400, so low it pained me. This guy and his four roommates came by and bitched among themselves that the set wasn’t “mid-century modern enough”. In the end they offered $120. I said $200. They said $180. Sold. When they finally drove off, Stephanie snapped a celebratory photo from our window to mark the occasion.
That’s where the story ends. Or should. We’re in the market for a sofa again, and knowing how long it took me to find the last one, we’re already looking. A few days ago I stumbled upon the site Retro Renovation, which linked to Younger Furniture. As I was scrolling through their many offerings (some of which are quite handsome), I discovered MY OLD SOFA!!!
This whole time I thought my armchair and sofa were unique to the store where I bought them, which went out of business years ago. It never occurred to me that the manufacturer might still be making them. In a way it’s comforting to know that if I wanted an exact replacement, I could have it. But in all honesty I think I’m ready for something new. Perhaps one of Younger’s other styles—several of which are sold by the rad A&G MERCH on Market.