Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Off To The Beach With A Retro Canvas Mid Century Folding Chair

RETRO BEACH: Take Along Your Retro Folding Chairs

Retro folding beach chairs and picnic gear are very popular collectibles. That is why I always urge people who are out at a tag sale or estate sale to check out the garage, basement or storage shed of a home. Aluminum and webbed chairs from the 1950s as well as wooden armed and canvas beach chairs sell nicely if they are in good condition. Many people have these items tucked away in their homes in surprisingly good condition.

Sizing Up Condition of Old Beach Folding Chairs

 When sizing up condition, check out the wood it splintering? rotted?  Is the canvas tightly stretched on the frame? Is the canvas faded? Are their any holes in the canvas. Does the chair smell from mildew? Is the canvas original or replaced?

I should add that I have even seen sellers taking off the canvas from a chair frame in poor condition and selling the colorful

Question...if you came across the chair pictured, would you buy it and sell it or buy it and use it?

Top photo taken by C. Dianne Zweig at The collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT.
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C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of I Antique Online an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©. To read more articles by C. Dianne Zweig click on this link: C. Dianne Zweig’s Blog Kitsch ‘n Stuff Email me at Visit my website, Dianne is a member of: The American Society of Journalists and Authors The Society of Professional Journalists

1 comment:

  1. As much as I really like the chair, I would still probably sell it.