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Postby Shannon » Sat Feb 09, 2008 12:10 pm

We will be buying/acquiring new/old furniture soon, soon, soon! Please post all your hot tips on auctions and second hand furniture shops here. If you want to be involved you can post that too.
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Postby dan » Sat Feb 09, 2008 8:00 pm

saturday auction on Jane St in Leith is selling 2 leather couches from furniture warehouse closing every sat for next few weeks until they run out. usually going for £40 - £60 a pop.
For kitchen chairs etc try Thurs auction on Jane st too, you can get decent wooden ones (non all matching) for about £1 each...
Eskbank Auction (at Hardengreen Industrial estate) on a thurs night about 5pm can be good for bits of furniture too.

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Postby Shannon » Sat Feb 09, 2008 10:42 pm

Do you want to go with me to the auction next Saturday Dan?
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Postby dan » Sun Feb 10, 2008 2:05 pm

sure that should probably be fine x xx
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Postby Shannon » Mon Feb 11, 2008 1:13 pm

Anything else? Which second hand shops have furniture? Are there a specific second hand furniture stores?

I missed my train this morning so I have some extra time this week. It would be good to get out and sort some of this.

Also, I noticed yesterday that one of our only good couches is upstairs in the hall (the little brown leather one). Is there a reason for this?
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Postby ravanwin » Mon Feb 11, 2008 3:28 pm

the betheny shops (one in bruntsfield one in leith, i think) seem to have second hand stuff....
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Postby stephengoodall » Mon Feb 11, 2008 5:35 pm

theres also a second hand furniture shop quite far down gorgie road. also steptoes...
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Postby Jane » Tue Feb 12, 2008 12:35 pm

bethanys at the bottom of leith walk is amazing. And the ex hotel furniture store down there too, although it may be too expensive.
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Postby Shannon » Tue Feb 12, 2008 1:50 pm

Also needed is transport. Who do we know with a vehicle big enough to move couches? Or, who wants to carry shit?
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Postby ravanwin » Tue Feb 12, 2008 2:25 pm

ken. bill.
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Postby swithun » Sat Feb 16, 2008 4:57 pm

The auction was disappointing. There was just one blue fabric covered sofa. It was quite big and sturdy, though going a bit saggy. So we blew that popsicle stand and cruised some charity shops. Here are some photos of sofas we saw and their prices.
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Postby Martin » Sat Feb 16, 2008 7:10 pm

I would sit on these.
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Postby beev » Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:50 am

I thought we were opting for leather as it can be kept clean.

Has anyone considered freecycle? It's free after all. All you need is transport. I've used it to get couches for forest in the past.
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Postby stephengoodall » Sun Feb 17, 2008 11:49 am

i've been keeping an eye on freecycle but no sofas have been offered that i can see.
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Postby Shannon » Sun Feb 17, 2008 4:07 pm

That grey one is leather and £30. It is also hardcore 80s style and either completely hideous or ironically cool - take your pick. Most of the other leather couches were £80 and up. We found two sweet leather arm chairs but they were £75 each. I'm going to hit the auction again on Thursday, but this is probably going to be a slow process. I've got a lead on some other leather couches from a place on Easter Road. Who knows what they look like. Most of the leather ones we've found are modern and blah. It would be nice to find something with a bit of character.

Apparently there is a leather set at Laura's, which we are welcome to, but she doesn't know when they'll get the new set to replace them. Could be awhile.

Ryan: will you throw out the white and blue sofa on Monday/early in the week? And whatever you deem to be the second to worst couch. I think that will be a good start.
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Postby stephengoodall » Sun Feb 24, 2008 11:04 am

from freecycle


OFFER: SOFA EH6 (LEITH WALK)
Posted by: "nelf77" nelf77@yahoo.co.uk nelf77
Sat Feb 23, 2008 12:04 pm (PST)
This is a nice little sofa sits two people and is really comfy. Fabric
with wooden feet. Could be carried by two people if not too far. please
see the link for photo. Thanks

http://www.flickr.com/photos/24047270@N07/2285266343/
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Postby bill » Sun Feb 24, 2008 3:06 pm

i am opposed to spending 75 quid on a sofa. but not opposed in any way to getting new ones. freecycle is the king?
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Postby bill » Sun Feb 24, 2008 3:09 pm

i am also back in a day or two and have a van. but i won't complain if kens really into it
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Postby Shannon » Mon Feb 25, 2008 8:54 am

I think the decision is that we don't want anymore fabric. They get really gross and manky really quickly. If a good leather sofa will last twice as long, it's possibly worth it...
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Postby bill » Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:11 am

ah, ok.
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Postby Shannon » Mon Feb 25, 2008 7:10 pm

When are you back?? Want to help me with the hunt? I'll be doing the Leith tour again on Thursday morning.
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Postby stephengoodall » Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:21 pm

leather one this time, but no pic:

offered: leather sofa, Broxburn
Posted by: "andmistyjess" andmistyjess@yahoo.co.uk andmistyjess
Tue Feb 26, 2008 7:48 am (PST)
3 seater sofa, very dark navy, in fairly good condition
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Postby ravanwin » Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:37 pm

leather = grab it? no? yes!
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Postby Shannon » Thu Feb 28, 2008 10:01 am

grab! it's probably gone... in future: yes to any leather, me thinks. don't forget to tell them we're a charity and all that good stuff in the message.
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Postby stephengoodall » Thu Feb 28, 2008 6:19 pm

bleh i did try to get in there with the charity dollar but it seems someone got their oar in first.
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Postby Shannon » Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:21 pm

I went to the Jane Street auction again yesterday. It is amazing!! There is so much cool stuff there. Great great great. And it goes so cheap. But it takes awhile, and you need a vehicle to take it away, so even if the perfect couch was there I couldn't have grabbed it. We need an auction crew. Bill?

It's a massive treasure hunt. Yesterday there was a brand new food processor/blender combo which probably sold for £10 of less. I had to leave before they got to it. Beautiful, old, wooden armoirs went for £5-10. They couldn't get rid of red arm chairs for £5 (cloth, not leather).

Who's in?
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Postby stephengoodall » Fri Feb 29, 2008 6:42 pm

ok it looks like we got the freecycle sofa if we want it:

"Hi, this has not been taken, if you still want it you're welcome to have it. I should point out that it has one broken spring, but it's been used with this for the last couple of years. I can send you a photo if you'd like to see it before you arrange to come for it.
cheers, Sandra"

just need to arrange to collect?
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Postby Shannon » Sat Mar 01, 2008 12:15 pm

Get the photo first - make sure it's alright looking before we pick it up.
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Postby stephengoodall » Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:00 pm

looks ok


"the address is:
15 Keith Gardens, Broxburn, EH52 6XS
If you can avoid Monday morning and all day Thursday when arranging transport, any other time next week is fine.
Sandra"

anyone able to collect this soon assuming we agree that we want it?
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Postby stephengoodall » Mon Mar 03, 2008 7:39 am

" OFFER: Leather Recliner (Wester Hailes)
Posted by: "bty380183" robincarrie@btinternet.com bty380183
Sun Mar 2, 2008 8:46 am (PST)
We have a well used Leather Reclining armchair. Head position is worn,
but still in good nick. It still reclines and is very comfy.

Must collect as have no transport.

Fair Offer Policy: I agree to take a period of time to see what
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do we want a recliner?
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Postby Shannon » Mon Mar 03, 2008 8:43 am

Leather sofa looks gooood. Need to check with Ken what days he can pick up (don't think Bill is back yet?). I'm out of town until tomorrow night. Ryan: can you ask him?

Recliner could be cool, but could also be very annoying taking up extra space, etc.
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Postby ravanwin » Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:54 am

i will ask ken when i see him. any idea on a time-line steve?
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Postby stephengoodall » Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:01 pm

sandra said "avoid Monday morning and all day Thursday when arranging transport, any other time next week is fine."


if we need more time i could enquire? let me know.
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Postby stephengoodall » Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:01 pm

so is that no to the recliner? maybe best to stick to sofas
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Postby ravanwin » Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:58 pm

ken's waiting to get some cash to pay for an MOT. hopefully by friday but maybe earlier / later.....

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Postby swithun » Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:25 am

We do need nicer leather sofas to replace to saggy cloth ones. But I was talking to Pomme about the lack of food sales, and she thought that there are too many low tables and sofas, and not enough dining tables and chairs. Sofas are good for drinking tea, hiding bottles and sleeping. We have enough chairs (or do we want newer/matching chairs?), but where have the high tables gone? Dining tables encourage dining. For every good sofa we get, chuck out two manky ones perhaps.
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Postby beev » Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:02 pm

incredibly insightful!

we always liked to have plenty of sofas around as the lazing around
taking it easy vibe was the one we wanted to have. but i think pomme
is right. it is now backfiring on us and contributing to the problems.
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Postby chris » Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:13 pm

here is another idea too... for your'll consideration..

how about building cool booths?? in many place booths are much loved..
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Postby Shannon » Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:26 pm

Booths would be lovely, but who will build them? Also, I wouldn't be into spending too much money on them unless easily movable to a new venue.
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Postby swithun » Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:40 pm

The Junction Bar has one or two booths. These have high tables and high seating. They are quite cool, as are the Monster Mash ones. But I wouldn't want covered booths. It is hard enough to keep an eye on customers without encouraging corkage free zones.

Bolted seats - now there is an idea.
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Postby nix » Wed Mar 05, 2008 12:50 pm

the seating should be flexable, removeable.

bolting shit to the floor dictates the shape of the space. not so free for folks doing events.
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Postby ravanwin » Wed Mar 05, 2008 5:27 pm

with the swith on high tables and chairs. better to remove and better to sell food with/
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Postby martinmckenna » Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:27 pm

everything on wheels!
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Postby beev » Wed Mar 05, 2008 9:25 pm

any chance of some van action tomorrow? there's a white leather couch (decent looking) on the street outside my flat. looks a little grubby but will probably polish up ok.
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Postby Shannon » Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:01 pm

I saw some AMAZING leather sofas in the PDSA store last night. I bet they cost a fortune but sooooo good.
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Postby chris » Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:25 pm

get em!
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Postby ravanwin » Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:27 pm

ken has the van in the shop i'm afraid. next week.
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Postby Shannon » Fri Mar 07, 2008 11:00 am

Has anything been sorted for the chair to be moved today? We bought a brilliant red leather recliner at the auction yesterday for £7. Bill is a no go, unless someone wants to sit on a corner with it from 5-7pm when he can pick it up. What about Kate or Goz? If not, maybe it would fit into a taxi, but maybe not?
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Postby ravanwin » Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:56 pm

katie is on it i think.
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Postby stephengoodall » Mon Mar 10, 2008 6:21 pm

Offer: Blue leather 2 seater sofa (dalkeith)
Posted by: "katz967" jwd3567@hotmail.com katz967
Sun Mar 9, 2008 1:35 pm (PDT)
this isnt in perfect condition but would do someone a turn if they ahve
nothing, needs removed asap
already posted on midlothian but need it gone fast. Any use to anyone?

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