Yesterday, I was finally able to muster the courage to approach the chair. Fear of bugs, needles, and neighborhood embarrassment had previously deterred me, but having the company of my mom bolstered my confidence and we went boldly forth. Armed with exacto-knives, a contractor bag, and a bottle of Fantastic, I declared that we should strip the chair down to the wood frame on the street, so if we encountered anything unsavory, we could just run. It soon became apparent that we were definitely going to encounter something unsavory, and we had to weigh whether or not it was worth it.
It should be said LOUD & CLEAR, nary a bug was seen. We did find lots of other prizes though! 26¢ in loose change, a sizable piece of birthday themed wrapping paper stuffed into the seat, and a couple of "hose-saver-heel-liners" from the seventies, still in their packaging. Sold for 15¢ each. Who knew? It should also be said that I still had nightmares last night about bed-bugs. God, I don't want bed-bugs.
So, this week-end's goal is to begin (finish?) reupholstering this chair, using the fabric from my $10.00 shower curtains that were originally Mummy's "wall" in the guest room. She gracefully volunteered them, privacy be damned! (Plus we're up in the country now, so she'll only have to sleep sans-wall for one night once we're back in the city.) We'll keep you updated as this project progresses.