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75 vintage Krueger tulip chairs for sale — and I archive all my Saarinen tulip table and chair stories

saarinen style fiberglass tulip chairs by kruegerMy fascination with vintage Saarinen style tulip chairs has become a full-fledged continuing saga. Yesterday, I spotted “75 vintage tulip chairs” for sale on ebay. I was mesmerized by the photo alone (above), and had to find out more. Where did this sea of Kruegers come from? Why were they being sold? Can we help find them happy, new homes? Read on, and see some more sea-of-tulip-chair photos –>.krueger tulip chairsFirst, an outline of my Saarinen saga:

Now to the 75 vintage tulip chairs for sale on ebay

The listing says these Krueger designs from the 1970s. They look to be in excellent shape. Interestingly, Krueger is a company that is still around, based in Wisconsin. I bet if I asked, they would send me archival information Another day.

I contacted the lister of these chairs, and it turns out they are being sold to support a good cause — the Susquehanna River Archeological Center of Native Indian Studies. Executive Director Deb Twigg responded very quickly to my request for more photos — love! — and provided the following information:

Hi Pam. Thanks for your interest.  The chairs are being used in our lecture hall at SRAC in Waverly, NY. We are a nonprofit, and a local healthcare system had bought these back in the day for some waiting areas.
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krueger tulip chairs vintage 1970sThey sold a ton on eBay in 2007 and donated the rest to us. Since we are a non profit and economy us hard on us right now, we have decided to see if we can sell the chairs to help us pay our bills..

We also have around the same amount in light blue tulip seats but the bases are different…here is our lecture hall with these chairs that are on eBay right now…

Feel free to call me with anything else you might want to know about- and thanks for helping us spread the word.

– Deb Twigg, Executive Director

You’re welcome, Deb, thank you for the photos and information, and good luck with your sale!.

Disclosure: When you buy anything from these ebay carousels or after you click into ebay (listing long gone), it nets me a teensy commission.
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Readers, if you want tulip chairs authentic from back in the day, these look like the real deal to me. Obviously, if you can get to Waverly too see what you would be buying, that is always preferable. The Buy-It-Now price is $300 per chair, or start your bid at $250 per chair. Some price comparisons:

  • An authentic Saarinen tulip chair like the ones shown, purchased today new from Knoll looks to start about $2,300.
  • I paid $225 for my vintage set, then about $600 to Shawn to repair, repaint and clean the set. One of the chairs had a ding in it — he filled the fiberglass. Greater experts than me say: Go for fiberglass that is in perfect shape, as repaired damage may not hold up to daily use.

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