The Story of the Yellow Couch

20 Apr

So, remember the vintage, patterned couch I debated about here?

It’s time to be formally introduced.

Couch, the Internet. The Internet, my couch.


It’s snuck into the background of a few photos, like this one

DIY Greeting Cardand this one.

Snowflakes Wall 4

However, this is its blog debut. Let’s get y’all acquainted.

Couch Patterned Fabric

The fabric has yellow, gold, green and gray tones running through it, in a loose floral pattern, and the the back cushions are all beautifully tufted (oh how I love tufting). It definitely reads yellow from a distance.

Now for the kicker…

I found this couch at a Salvation Army Family Store for $200!

I have bought a lot of furniture in my relatively short furniture buying life and this just might be my favorite (I can’t choose, I love them all so much…).

The couch was manufactured in furniture mecca High Point, North Carolina in 1972 by Young’s Furniture Company. After a little Googling, I found out the company was started in 1946, but sadly, went out of business a few years ago.

And in a little cherry on top of the vintage furniture sundae, the original delivery tag is still attached, noting the February 2, 1972 delivery date of the couch to a furniture shop on K Street in Washington, D.C.

couch delivery tag

Just to put the “vintage” in “vintage couch” into perspective, Washington, D.C. looked like this in 1972:

Washington D.C. 1972

Photo Credit: Dorothy Marder (I think I have those sunglasses.)

And, the Watergate complex break-in, which led to scandal and the eventual resignation of President Nixon, happened in June of that year.

So I’m not saying my couch had a place in the Watergate scandal, but I’m not denying it either…

Anyhoo, I can’t wait to build my new living room around this quirky little (possibly historic) sofa. I’m already planning on pulling out the gray tones, to balance the retro with some modern touches. The pattern once scared me, but now I think it will be a great foundation for a fun, sunny room.

Oh, and did I mention it’s uber comfortable? I know, second fiddle on a decor blog, but totally important since it’s my one and only couch.

So, that’s that. You’re now properly introduced to my friend, the groovy yellow couch.

Question for you: Have you ever found a great piece of vintage furniture? Do you wonder about the past lives of your antique or second-hand pieces?

4 Responses to “The Story of the Yellow Couch”

  1. Heather November 4, 2012 at 1:11 am #

    Most of my furniture is vintage. Either things I’ve bought myself or inherited from my great grandmother. I adore vintage!


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