The Chair Affair – So Inspiring

A friend of mine was telling me about a fantastic charity auction they attended last week in Tacoma, WA at the Tacoma Museum of Glass.  It’s called the Chair Affair and it is sponsored by the Northwest Furniture Bank.


“The mission of NW Furniture Bank is to help restore hope, dignity, and stability in our community by recycling donated furniture to people in need”.

Founded in 2007, NW Furniture Bank has served over 7,600 individuals, which include over 4,400 children and we are working with over 90 agencies in Pierce County. We have given over 273 ocean containers of furniture, with a value of over $2.3 million to people in need in our community!

The event itself cost $60.00 a ticket and includes hors d’oeuvres and drinks and your opportunity to participate in live and silent auctions.  Local area artists create one-of-a-kind chairs which everyone can bid on.

Here is the link with information and pictures of the chairs and artists who created pieces for this years auction.  You will be in awe if you go take a peek.  I wanted to share a few of my favorites.

The Hexecutive Chair, was crafted by Penny Grellier.  Her works can be found at

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Once Upon A Time bench is an old church pew seat and has been creatively styled by Kristina Smethers and is a Visual Arts teacher at a Seattle Area High School.  Her fairy tale story is told oh so gorgeous. 



Another local artist, Erin Littrell, created Flowers Delight.  I’m a nature lover and I love love love this chair.

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Have you read H.G. Wells, “The Time Machine”?  Robert Knapp created The Time Travel Chair.  What a creative mind this artist has taking two chairs to and combining them for an awesome place for a child to do their reading.

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I definitely plan on attending next year.  If you would like more information on both the NW Furniture Bank and how you can donate your all chairs check out


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