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November 29, 2017

The SAGA continues

By Julia

When we last visited the SAGA saga, we had just agreed upon a Broyhill pattern with which to outfit our home. I was undaunted by the rarity of the Saga line, the only thing that mattered was that I was smitten. I took to Craigslist to see what I could find in our area. I sought out tips for specific searches on CL. I seized any chance I had to visit a nearby thrift shop or our local ReStore. I found my first Broyhill in the wild at an estate sale, but it was not the design I wanted.

I expanded my Craigslist search to include other metropolitan areas in our state. It turns out, that was exactly what I needed. I found a small Saga china hutch about two hours away from our house. It had the starbursts over which I had been pining. But, elated though I was, the china hutch presented a couple of problems. First, we did not have a vehicle large enough to ferry the hutch back home, or one strong enough to pull a trailer. Second, we have beautiful built-in china cabinets in our dining room. Did we really need another china cabinet?

Saga’s siren call proved to be stronger than the obstacles in our path. We measured the space in our dining room- the hutch would fit just fine on the other side of the room. We were able to borrow an SUV large enough to hold the hutch. We arranged a time with the sellers and set off on our first furniture journey.

We arrived at a small neighborhood of mid-century homes on a bright fall day. The seller’s home was full of vintage treasures. They showed us the china hutch- it was perfect. The condition of the wood was pristine, given its age, and the starburst pattern was even lovelier up close. It turned out, they were only selling the Saga hutch because they decided to go with American of Martinsville instead as it was easier to find. They also gave us tips to find additional Saga pieces. We were so excited to bring our beloved Saga home.

The hutch’s compact size fit much better in our space than a traditional breakfront. It had all of the features of a larger china hutch and the delightful Saga design. I had been bitten by the Saga bug for good. I needed to find more of it, to fill every nook and cranny of my new home with it. The thrill of the chase was as intoxicating as actually finding this first Saga piece. There was no going back.

I especially adore the subtle starbursts. They have the iconic styling of other mid-century furniture lines without being too ostentatious. I had no regrets about the china hutch we did not need.

It would be a while before we scouted our next piece of Saga, but once we found it, we hit the jackpot. Stay tuned for the next installment of the SAGA saga!

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3 Responses to The SAGA continues

  1. Sara In AZ Reply

    November 29, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Oooohhhhhh, excitimg! Can’t wait to see what you found!

  2. Jason Reply

    December 5, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    I have the same hutch, as well as table w/ leaf and 6 chairs. I’d love to find more pieces of course for other areas of the house. I’d also like to get an additional leaf. I have one table leaf, but with two I think I could fit 8 chairs and in that case I’d look for two of the arm chairs. My Mom and I think this is the same dining set my Great Aunt had, the chair back design is pretty distinctive and we feel that’s what she must have had that we remember.

    • Julia Reply

      December 5, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      That is awesome! We are also on the hunt for some of the arm chairs, but that is another story for a future post 🙂

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