You know, browsing those classified ad sites *just because* can be a dangerous thing. You might find all kinds of treasures that you didn’t know you needed. Like a set of vintage tree branch chairs that I had no idea needed to come home with me- until I saw them.
I have been looking for rattan or wicker or old weathered wood furniture for the patio for a bit now. It is something that I will search and browse here and there. I haven’t bumped into too many things that spoke loudly enough to me to message the seller yet. But I enjoy the thrill of the hunt and seeing what is out there.
When we were making the trek up into Tahoe last week – I knew that we would go through Truckee and by Donner Lake- and so, I perused their local ads a bit. On occasion, I have found some amazing French style elements in Truckee and it is an easy stop in on the way. And this time- I bumped into a listing for 4 chairs that were weathered and worn and they stopped my scroll and spoke to me.
Vintage Tree Branch Chairs
I didn’t search for chairs like these, but I think because I had been searching vintage patio- they popped up. The ad was for 4 chairs – all weathered and worn in different ways. I took a closer look and could see that they had the bark on them yet, the seats looked reupholster-able and they were weathered to a beautiful silvery gray color. I messaged the seller for more info- and then we stopped in and picked them up.
I have to say, I don’t normally gravitate towards tree branch chairs, etc.though I love faux bois and old garden elements of all kinds. These kind of inspired an English cottage garden or old French Country garden type feeling with their patina- more so than Adirondack which is what I would normally think of. Either way, I was inspired by them when I saw them and imagined them in the garden- tucked under a tree. Or in a field with a wee table for tea and nibbles. Or the porch. Honestly, as I first stared at them- I imagined them in a lot of possible places and I figured for the price- even if we just enjoyed them occasionally – they were well worth it.
When we saw them in person- both my husband and I instantly loved all the character they have. Best party- they are sturdy and usable- just a couple branches need to be tacked back into place. I think they may have been enjoyed on a covered patio area rather than out in the elements and so they have stayed in pretty good condition. And I might have already used them in a photo shoot for a print project.
Old or New?
We didn’t know if these were older chairs- but the lady we bought them from had gotten them years ago from another family in the area that had previously had them for awhile. So they are not a recent score. And then while looking at the seats to see about recovering them- I found that these chairs have a tag on them underneath indicating the company that made them. So by researching that- I found that they were an older style that has not been made in awhile. So they are young vintage probably.
But the good news is- if you love the look- they do make chairs like this even now and make some that are very close to the look if you love it too. I found a couple options that I am sharing below.