March 13, 2014Our Journey To Obtain A Dreamy 1960s Vintage Frieze Sectional Sofa!
By Sara In AZ
I don’t know why, but I am completely head over heels for vintage sofas and chairs covered in Frieze fabric. If you all aren’t familiar with Frieze it’s an old type of woven looped fabric (usually with patterns woven in), that is no longer manufactured….and it was SUPER popular as upholstery fabric back in the 50s and 60s. Also, cats LOVE to use it to sharpen their claws! eeps!
I have dreamt of finding just the right Frieze couch/sofa/sectional/loveseat for years. Honestly, I did not really care what it was – a couch and chair set, a couch and loveseat, just a couch, a sectional…..I’d take anything if it was what I’d been dreaming of.
Now y’all know me….I am OBSESSED with scouring eBay like ALL the time. I pride myself in finding the “unusual” the “different” the “unique” so that I can bring you the ‘Kool Kitsch’ posts each and every week. So I was just going about my business looking for stuff on eBay, when Mike pops his head around the corner to the office and said, “I found something on eBay I wanted to show you…I’m not sure if you might have seen it already though.” So I was all thinking to myself “Yeah right, what on earth could Mike have possibly found that I haven’t seen already?”
I saw the e-mail come in with the link, I went to click on it and then my mind was officially blown!
Whoa, what?! It was my DREAM couch……Mike had found my dream couch! I have no idea how he found it and how I managed to miss it completely, but there it was – the loveliest, most pristine vintage sectional I had ever seen.
There was only one problem – the couch was in New Mexico hundreds of miles away from Phoenix. ugh. The seller had the couch listed as a ‘Buy It Now’ for $600……we debated about it for probably a good 30 minutes…..could we make the drive to get it over the upcoming weekend? Would it fit into our house? Could we afford it right now? All the while I was terrified that someone else would pull the trigger and buy my couch out from under me. Yes, I was already attached to it!
In the end we decided to just go for it, I mean really – how many times are you going to come across your dream couch?! I was completely excited about FINALLY getting my dream couch, but totally dreading the long, long drive to get it.
We drove up to Mike’s parents cabin in northern Arizona on Friday evening and stayed the night so we could leave VERY early on a Saturday morning, as this would put us closer to our pick-up location in New Mexico.
Mike’s parents were kind enough to loan us their enclosed trailer to haul the couch back.
We left about 5 am and drove like their was no tomorrow. Drove and drove and drove and drove. We were pretty much on track time-wise…this is until our SUV started overheating. uggggggghhhhhhhh.
This was the very first time we had ever hauled an enclosed trailer behind our SUV (we had hauled open trailers with no problem before). The weight of the enclosed trailer, plus the high temps, and hilly terrain all combined into one large ball of trouble for us. On top of the horrible fact that we were overheating was the fact that we own a GM vehicle and most (if not all) GM vehicles use a special kind of coolant…..so we could not just throw ANY coolant in there.
double uggggghhhhhhhhhhh. help y’all.
We had pulled into a travel stop/gas station just off of the freeway, the SUV needed to cool down as the radiator was boiling all of the coolant out. We looked high and low inside the travel stop for the kind of radiator coolant we needed only to see just the most basic kind of radiator coolant. Not good. We stayed for maybe an hour letting the SUV cool down and while we were killing time Mike tried to see where the closest auto parts stores were located so we could try to get some of the coolant we needed. We were pretty much in the middle of nowhere, with only small towns dotting the map here and there. Even more terrifying (to me, at least) was the fact that the next 100 or so miles were going to be spent driving on smaller country roads…..even MORE isolating than where we were right now. If we broke down there we’d be in even more trouble.
I was *almost* ready to throw in the towel on this one…..ready to say goodbye to my dream couch and just head back home. Mike wasn’t ready to let go quite that fast though.
He found an auto parts store about 15 miles away….we hoped they had the coolant we needed. Luckily we got there before they closed and they DID have the coolant we needed!!! Whooo!!!! Here we are putting the coolant in the SUV – I don’t think I’ve ever been SO excited about coolant before in my life!
We bought TONS of extra coolant and gallons of water just in case our SUV decided to start overheating out in the middle of nowhere…we drove around the small town to ‘test’ our SUV and see if we thought it cold make the trip…..would it start overheating again immediately? Our SUV seemed to be doing ok, we made the decision to keep driving since we were SO close. It was nerve-wracking, we drove with the windows down and no A/C so we’d put less stress on the vehicle. Those last 100 or so miles seemed to take forever.
We FINALLY made it to our destination hours late. The people we were buying the couch from could not have been more kind. It was surely a relief to have finally made it!
A little back story on the couch……. The owner, an elderly lady, was starting to downsize and her son had listed the couch for sale on eBay. The story goes that she had it custom-made back in Kansas, in the early 1960s, where they had a large farm. She said she kept the sectional in the ‘parlor’ there where it was mostly just decorative and rarely ever used. They retired from farming a few years later and moved to a retirement community where the sectional just sat in the basement, virtually untouched, for all these years. WOW!
To be honest, I would have loved to visit with the family for hours….AND to take pics of their equally fabulous MCM house! But, we were SO behind as it was we just could not afford the time. We were hours behind schedule and it was approaching 7pm….we still had about an 8 hour drive back to Mike’s parents cabin. Lord help us.
Here is the couch all bundled up and ready to go!
In the end we made it back to Mike’s parents cabin around 4 am in the morning….almost a full 24 hours after we had started. Oh boy, were we ever exhausted. Did I mention we were exhausted?! I think we could have slept for days! But we made it, we got some sleep and headed back into Phoenix later that day with our new/old couch. Good lord, the things we’ll do for vintage furniture right?!?
And here is our vintage Frieze sectional in all it’s pristine glory!!!!!
Seriously, if you could see it in person you’d think this was just off of the showroom floor.
I love the pattern stitched into the back!
The Frieze is in seriously perfect condition!
This is the label under the cushion.
Oh my gosh, I cannot even tell you how excited I am that we FINALLY found our dream sectional couch! Now all we need is our dream house to come up for sale so I can coordinate one epic kitschy living room!
Come back next week to see how we deal with the “vintage” couch cushions!