Days of Furniture Passed

An antiques sale helps benefit architectural preservation

IKEA is alluring, with its cheap promises of $100 bed frames and $3 hot dog meal deals. But there’s a reason why someone would snub the mega-furniture store and instead fawn over a century-old couch worth three months’ salary. Antiques are often sentimental, holding lingering traces of past life and serving as family heirlooms. Historic Seattle’s 10th Annual Bungalow Fair this weekend will feature trinkets and baubles galore in addition to new work by talented craftsmen. This retrophiliac’s dream-come-true fittingly donates plenty of its funds toward preserving our city’s historic buildings. Historic Seattle program director Larry Kreisman said he fears Seattle’s older buildings being torn down for newer projects. “As you start to lose those bits and pieces of the city, it becomes more generic,” he said. “There’s significant value to keeping what’s made this city unique in the past, and keep it from seeming like any other city.” Your city requires a lot more help than an international chain does.

Sat., Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2007

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