Feline Furryous

Babaloo and Gremlin

The guilty ones

For those of you who know me you know I love a good bargain almost as much as I love mid-century modern design.  So imagine my utter glee at finding a five-piece mid-century modern sofa in beautiful cream upholstery right off the truck at my local Salvation Army store.  The only flaws were a little discoloration to the upholstery which I easily cleaned up with carpet cleaner.  I imagine it was covered in plastic at one point by some very stylish and careful, bossy even 1950’s housewife who sent it to the garage and covered it in plastic when it went out of style, and the markings are simply from the move in the truck.  People used to take better care of their furniture, and it was made better too.  Good fortune and a life long swap meet shoppers intuition brought this gorgeous sectional to me just when I really needed it even though I didn’t need it, really.  Whatever.  I wanted it badly and there it was.  I can’t believe my luck sometimes.

The cost was 300, a good price for such a lovely quintet of two triangle upholstered side tables topped with wood style formica and a couch that consists of two love seat sectionals and an armless chair.  Yet I was contemplating the price along with the size and how to move it and what to do with my current sofa sectional of pink vinyl when another savvy shopper pointed out to me that today everything was half off.  150!  OMG!  I had to have it!

I currently have the two side triangles together as a corner table with the remaining three pieces forming one bad ass super long couch, but I imagine this arrangement will transform many times over the years.  This couch was just the solution to go with my orange mid-century mod still life painting that was clashing with my pink vinyl fifties sectional. I love a good sectional and have relegated the pink one to the other side of the room where it no longer clashes with the orange painting and resides under my black velvet matador painting and a pink guitar. Beauty and flexibility!  Ahhh, bliss!

I think the five-piece sectional is actually worth a lot more than 300 in resale.  I bet I could get double that, or even 800 which a vintage furniture store would then again resell for maybe as much as 1200.  To think I got it for 150!  That comes to only 30 dollars per piece!  AMAZING. Not only that I moved it for free in two trips in my convertible Beetle and my neighbor helped me drag the pieces upstairs.  Oh the joy, the rapture, the ecstasy of brilliant find combined with great deal!

But guess what?  Babaloo and Gremlin love it too, and have been expressing their ecstasy over and over in using the side arms as scratching posts.  They must have a lot of built up tension having never had sex being two neutered rescue cats.  So much for owning an 800 dollar sofa.  It’s now worth more like 150.

Nothing to be done, and I am not getting rid of either the cats or the couch.  We will all just have to live together, flaws and all.

That is what Feline Furryous is all about.


About furryosity

I am a writer, actor, artist and storyteller. I was a stand-up comedian for a bit but gave it up in pursuit of storytelling, a format that is more suited for my rambling communication style. As a child I was afraid of animals probably because my mother was afraid of them messing up the house. Needless to say we never had pets except fish. I won a goldfish at the school fair by throwing a ping pong ball into a little bowl with a fish in it. After this traumatic beginning my goldfish aptly named Poppy would try and pop out of the bowl, which is how she ultimately met her demise. I currently live with two beautiful cats, Babaloo and Gremlin, and a plethora of lamps, couches and nesting tables in my mid-century modern furnished apartment in West Hollywood, California.

Posted on July 1, 2011, in cats, mid-century modern. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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