I know I’ve been MIA these days, but being gone doesn’t mean Elvis has left this building! Nu-uh. I wish I had some exotic adventures to share, but I don’t. No, instead the fed-up bug has gotten me, and I’ve been tackling a backlog of…
Tag: Office space
Do you ever shop the used sites online? I love to scour our local ads, and not too long ago I came across this one for a sweet vintage typewriter table.
I’ve been looking for a small writing table as an alternate work station in our home. But not just any table. So when I saw this little beauty, I was smitten. What’s not to love, right? Vintage 1950s or 60s, a nod to the changing role women played in the 20th century… You know – all those things that make my heart skip a beat! 😉
I made the call to set up a viewing, and when I headed off this was my ‘must meet’ criteria:
- The scale needed to fit my intended purpose, and placement;
- Its finish, preferably original;
- The price, hopefully negotiable.
I really fell for this little guy. And I found myself trying to talk myself into buying it just because it melted my heart. I mean, I could slide it into place as an end table, a phone table, or a bedside table. I could use it for another folding surface in my laundry area, I could sew on it… heck, I could even wheel it around and multi-purpose it!
But… none of these uses was what I went for. And even though I loved the green in spite of it not being the factory finish, I had to let this one go.
My tips if you’re shopping ‘used’…
- Know what you want;
- Know why you want it;
- Know what you’re willing to pay;
- Know when you need to walk away (need, not want)!
And if you’re looking for vintage, do your homework.
- Find out a little bit about the piece before you go.
- Try to find out roughly what circa it is;
- Have an idea of the average asking price for pieces like it so you know how much wriggle room you have;
- Pay attention to the details.
This little guy is in great shape, and has definitely been refinished. The colour is not the factory finish, and the drawer pull is not the original hardware. This piece has been nicely refinished, and you also see the efforts of that work reflected in the asking price. You need to know if that’s part of what you want to pay for.
In my case, I had to walk away because as much as I loved this little guy, little was the problem. It was a little too low to serve the purpose I needed it to.
Have you done any ‘used’ shopping lately? What’s on your checklist when you set out for a potential purchase? Got any great stories to share?
Thanks for stopping by!
As a blogger…
I am sitting and working for long periods of time. Too long, in fact. I try to get up and make sure I move around, find reasons to go up and down the stairs throughout the day, pay attention to my posture, but in the end I’m still sitting for WAY.TOO.LONG. And yes, periodically go through bouts of lower back pain.
This image, shared on my friend Sarah Loewen’s facebook page, was my wake-up call.
Source: Sanders Says Blog
But it’s the caption that went with it that really snapped me to attention:
SITTING IS THE NEW SMOKING
Seriously. Have you ever watched Mad Men? How can sitting be the new smoking? How does it even compare? I urge you to read the full article from My One Resolution Blog, or at least the quick recap by Sanders Says Blog. Short, but the message… not so sweet.
Blogging and Physical Fitness
It was in this moment that I stopped trying to figure the blogging and sitting vs. physical fitness, health and well-being ratio out on my own. I contacted Sarah without wasting another minute, and set up one-on-one sessions to build a fitness plan just for me. You see, Sarah is the owner of Loewen Behold, a full service fitness practice in Shawnigan Lake. Sarah has known me forever, and that includes our days in high school when sports were my life. So I trusted her to help me get my physical fitness back on the rails.
Yup, my name is Sheila, and I’m a blogger!
So why this post, and where am I going with it?
Well, I know many of you who read my blog are bloggers, too. And if you’re not a blogger, I bet many of you have a day job that requires extended periods of time spent sitting. And if you’re neither of these, I bet reading the short articles linked above will still come as a shock and surprise. I’m not kidding.
But what I’m really trying to do is bring an awareness, and present a partial solution to the greater whole.
A New Office Chair
Here’s what I just ordered for my office… the one on the lower left, but in blue – at least I hope it arrives in blue!
The first time I ever used a stability ball for an office chair was about 6 years ago. I was a casual office assistant at the time, so this was not my permanent work station, and trust me, I wasn’t too keen to navigate the ball with a skirt on! And it was just the ball, no frame, so getting the ball to stop rolling while I tried to clamor on was yet another coordinating comedy in action. Can you picture it?
It was Sarah who told me these balls come with frames. Who knew? I had long forgotten about the ball dressed up as an office chair! And Sarah also advised that it’s good to switch up your chair throughout the day, including some time spent standing and working.
This all makes sense… and I think I can handle a ball in a frame!
I know it looks a little space age, and it’s not exactly the ‘pretty’ I’ve been imagining for the office, but ergonomics must factor into the equation. I’ll do what I can to give it a custom look that fits the rest of the space – you know, recover the back or something. And I do plan to swap between my current chair and this one throughout the day, so it won’t totally impose on the aesthetics of the office all of the time!
Why this chair?
Click here to read more on stability ball chairs. This is just part of the bigger plan to keep my body healthy and fit in this world of blogging.
How are you doing with your physical health? Are you sitting for way too long at a crack?
What Can You Do?
If you need a little personal support, why not get in touch with Sarah. Don’t let distance be the divide. Sarah offers one-on-one sessions via skype! Isn’t that convenient? And she’s amazing! She’ll get you started on a program that’s designed just for you!
THANKS FOR READING!
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