Since moving in to our new house, I've been on the hunt for a few 'essential' items of furniture. Namely a sofa (now bought), a new bed and mattress, a cooker, and a dining table and chairs. Last week I thought I had ticked off another item on that list - dining table and chairs.
OK I'm going to be blunt about this - I was not happy with this purchase. On viewing this particular table and chair set, I fell in love with the table and all it's character! It was a proper farmhouse table, and looked well used, which I thought only added to its charm. We opted out from the delivery cost as we only live a few streets away and decided to bring them back to our house in two separate journeys in the car. On the first journey, we brought the chairs home... Well, check these out.
Yeah, they're wonky, wobbly, unglued in places, dirty, they have this weird tissue in other places.. and all around unsafe for use - not what you expect from your new purchase! This wasn't just one chair either, it was all of them! Let's be clear.. these aren't new. But they were from a furniture store that claims to 'upcycle/recycle' furniture. And they even offer courses in it too. I don't like to name and shame but AHEM. Well, they clearly forgot to 'upcycle/recycle' these chairs! Now I wouldn't mind wonky unglued chairs if I had known about it... because let's face it, all the more fun I can have fixing them up. But I would also expect this to be shown in the price.. No one pays top dollar for this state of shabby. I was not made aware of these faults and I could not view the chairs too well as the were pushed up against the wall and blocked in by the table. But more fool me for not asking for them to be bought out and given a proper inspection. The fault of the matter was my own getting carried away by my love for the table and not giving the chairs enough attention! But then again, who would expect a shop that does up furniture to sell something so un-done?
I did think about keeping the set.. I did love the table after all. But then I wondered what would I later find wrong with it, what had I missed? Would I bring that home only to find one leg broken? So I politely took the whole set back. Unfortunately for the owner, that same day I returned the chairs, the shop had also been broken into. So all in all, it was a bad day for him. He apologised (although not nearly enough IMO, I'm a tough girl to please) and claimed he hadn't realised they were in such condition. I am pretty gutted and disappointed however, as I did love the table. Such a shame. But hey ho, the search goes on and lessons are learnt. Although I'm definitely not in a hurry to return back to that shop any time soon! Soz.