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An acquaintance works as a handyman on a large collection of affordable apartments. Rob was an Air Force mechanic, and he’s got a keen sense of what will fall out of the sky and what will not. A few weeks ago, he griped about clearing out yet another unit that a departing tenant had left full of broken chipboard furniture. Rob’s as green as they come, and his sensibilities were deeply offended by waste that will not recycle.
Disposables are a great leap forward in the evolution of home furnishings. A quick squint at the design arguments of the Sixties makes it apparent that the great big box chain solved every problem, and brilliantly. Craig’s List is the black swan in the equation: when there’s an immediate aftermarket for just about anything, it’s worth getting a little more involved with quality.
A non-profit I have frequented for many years is going through a change of administration, and the new crew really gets the new marketing and distribution system. Recently they reconfigured their building to reflect changes in the programs they offer, and they threw their first garage sale to raise money for a social room. The sale got people’s quarters cleaned out, and the proceeds went into used furniture from the List.
The new meeting room is beautifully furnished with contemporary tables and chairs and quite an entertaining sofa. The pieces are solid and solid value, well worth maintaining, comforting and supportive. If they were mine, I’d put magical sliders on the feet of each chair and the sofa to relieve strain on the joins and to protect the floor and the ears of the users. When wear and tear begins to show, it will be a small matter to touch up the finishes. If the sofa still appeals, it can easily be recovered with hot-melt glue and a fabric of the moment.
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