Bachelor pad treasures

The first time I went to my boyfriend's house, I was completely transfixed by his sofa and a side table next to it. I didn't know the name of the sofa or the company that made it, but I knew it was mid-century modern and I knew it was expensive (I'm pretty sure it's by Knoll, but I could be wrong). The side table was made of thick acrylic. Who was this guy and why did he have this furniture next to a Redskins themed Christmas tree and an entertainment area that had two TVs and a video game system in it?

After playing it cool for a little bit, I asked him about the pieces and he said they came from the executive offices of a bank where his mother had been an officer. The owner of a large furniture store once offered to buy the pieces from her, but she gave them to her son instead. For the next 15 years, the pieces saw their share of parties and guests. They are no longer pristine pieces from a bank executive's office. But they are still striking and probably of value to someone.

My boyfriend wants to sell the sofa and isn't sure how to go about doing it. Is there a market on Craigslist for this kind of furniture? It's certainly not junk. Should he try to find a place to consign it? Put it on ebay? Send it to an auction?

I'll try to post a picture of it, but for now, here's a set of chairs with the same style, but different fabric. Here's a sofa from 1st Dibs that is almost identical, except for the color (my boyfriend's is oatmeal colored):


  1. I don't think Craigslist is the best place for it in Charlottesville. The Washington DC Craigslist might be a good idea. I don't think Circa would give you much money for it, but you could try them.


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