where the writers are
Look At Your Furniture

The Quest For Furniture continues. A sideboard is sought, along with ongoing hunt for the couch and some chairs. We have also added a lamp to the list.

Is there a video game out there about this, this furniture hunting? Actually, doesn't it seem like a way to teach economics and critical thinking? Create video games to gain points by balancing bank statements, filing income tax, and figuring out what your health care will and will not pay for after they've sent you your "Explanation of Benefits". 

Our shopping took us to Medford and to Larson's Home Furnishings. We've been looking there since 2005 but we have been unable to find anything to buy there. Just not quite our style. I've noticed, though, that they've reduced their new furniture floor space and have increased their consignments. Consignments now pack several floors.

That's where the depression seeped in. Walking around the dining room and bedroom sets, rockers and hope chests, I recognized styles from decades gone by and pieces from my Mother and Grandmother's home. As I walked and thought about that, I thought about all the life these pieces of furniture experienced. Each stain and chip is a moment in someone's life. 

What were they thinking when they bought it? How did the furniture come to be here? How long did they keep it? 

With those thoughts, I wondered, is this what will happen to my furniture? Will it be sold to someone hoping to turn a profit who bought it at an estate sale, transported it to Larson's, and put it on sale in the consignment area? 

It probably won't be at Larson's. An air of desperation embraced the store, evident in the big yellow sign proclaiming "Extreme Sale". As I walked by the front desk, a sales person told me, if you see something, make us an offer. 

I kept an eye out for something that might be valuable, like the things you see on "Antiques Road Show". Nothing popped out at me but you never can tell. There's some unusual things on the Road Show.