Futon Futoff


So long, old friend.

The couch wasn’t new, but it was new to us. We got it from my sister, Bean, who had, in turn, gotten it from a writer friend, who had, in turn, gotten it from Ikea. So it wasn’t exactly high end furnishing, but it was a step in the right direction: we were finally graduating away from a futon. 

The end of an era. 

With the new couch installed in the living room (with, uncharacteristically, little cussing), we needed to figure out what to do with the old one. As futons go, it was top notch: a sturdy and stylish wooden frame with hinged armrests and built in magazine racks. We’d gotten it for free on the Roadside Market, and had replaced the mattress twice. The present mattress was only six months old, and still reasonably plush, although we’d deliberately gotten the cheapest one we could, knowing (or, at least, hoping) we’d be upgrading sooner rather than later. 

The bottom line was: it had a lot of life left in it and had cost us almost nothing. 

So we listed it on Facebook marketplace for a token amount: just enough to make it worth it selling instead of putting it out to the curb. 

Turns out there is a lot of demand. For the next three days I fielded messages of interest, trying to determine who was really interested and who was just nosing around and who seemed likely to actually show up to take it away. Which turned out to be good, because three buyers fell through before somebody actually showed up to get it. 

The living room feels strange without it, but I like to believe it’s off to a good home. 

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~ by Gwydhar Gebien on January 23, 2018.

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