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Post by Judy on Thu Dec 24, 2009 2:10 am

Hi All

I'm presently visiting in Regina, Sask, -35 C weather, have a cold and we are under a heavy snowfall warning... soooo I've spent the last 2 days on the computer searching for a director's chair. The one that I would like to order is a Tuscany, http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-TALL-ALUMINUM-DIRECTOR-CHAIR-W-SIDE-TABLE_W0QQitemZ270499128598QQihZ017QQcategoryZ79682QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp4340.m444QQ_trkparmsZalgo%3DCRX%26its%3DC%252BS%26itu%3DSI%252BUA%252BLM%252BLA%26otn%3D5%26ps%3D63

I've gone through the archives on the forum, searched everything I can possible think of in Google.
The problem is, I haven't been able to find one in Canada anywhere (I'm trying to avoid: $70 shipping charge, duty, customs, brokerage and exchange-----the chair itself is about $70 but with everything else it will end up over $200).

Any Canadians been successful in finding this chair or one similiar in Canada?

Thanks yet again for any suggestions

Judy
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Re: Director's Chair in Canada

Post by Kristal on Thu Dec 24, 2009 4:50 am

Ahaha I'm pretty sure that's the same one that I just got for my birthday! I didn't ask how much it was, but I know the shipping was pricey, and the duty when it was delivered was an additional $25.

My dad was saying that when they were looking for them, some places wouldn't even ship to Canada - so far as I know, this was ordered from the States.

I know that wasn't much help, but if you're holding out for this chair in Canada...well, you'll be waiting a long, long while.

I have yet to take it on a job with me, but I absolutely LOVE how light it is (compared to my old wooden one), and the side table/pockets. I'm very excited to use it.
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Post by Painted Dragon on Thu Dec 24, 2009 10:33 am

http://www.naimies.com/product.php?productid=288&cat=0&page=1

I don't know if they ship to Canada or not.
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Post by Metina on Thu Dec 24, 2009 11:39 am

That is a sweet chair!

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Post by Painted Dragon on Thu Dec 24, 2009 11:52 am

It is sweet. I got it not too long ago. It's nice and tall. I had to get a step to make it easier to climb in. I also love the side pouch. It fits my mirror perfectly and that way, it doesn't get swiped by kids that are already painted.

It sounds silly that I get excited for the side pouch.. but that is a feature I love.
The table comes in handy too
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Post by Just Jenny on Thu Dec 24, 2009 11:00 pm

I have that chair...and I think that's the same one that Carol Turman in Va just got this last week.

Things that I like...the side table because I can put my drink there...or the kids can put their drink/hat/glasses there. If it's really fast paced...this table goes down cause there's just no time for these nice-a-ties. the side pocket..if you don't have one...Make one for your chair, perfect for holding mirror or reference pics, or storing your keys and/or camera. The back is solid so the little kids don't slide out.

Things that I don't like...the back is attached and doesn't fold down so it's taller when put away. That back is also angled back which is really comfortable to sit in, but when you have a small child in the chair they get 'lost' leaned back with chin down...so a sturdy pillow is needed for them to keep them up and in a comfortable paintable position. The side pocket sits low on the side....it's better higher like on the side arm instead of low at the seat.

Just my humble opinion...

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Re: Director's Chair in Canada

Post by Judy on Fri Dec 25, 2009 12:18 am

Kristal S. wrote:http://www.naimies.com/product.php?productid=288&cat=0&page=1

I don't know if they ship to Canada or not.


Thanks Kristal. I did come across this link in my search and yes they ship to Canada for $54.00 (not including exchange, duties, customs, brokerage fee, taxes)....ordering from here would put the chair about $250.
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Post by Judy on Fri Dec 25, 2009 12:22 am

Kristal wrote:Ahaha I'm pretty sure that's the same one that I just got for my birthday!



Kristal.... Does your dad want to adopt? I got rubber boots for my birthday Shocked
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Re: Director's Chair in Canada

Post by Guest on Fri Dec 25, 2009 9:54 pm

I bought my first one at Act One in Vancouver... not even sure if they are still there.

My second I bought at a convention and brought home as oversized luggage...

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Re: Director's Chair in Canada

Post by Kristal on Sat Dec 26, 2009 3:31 am

Judy wrote:
Kristal wrote:Ahaha I'm pretty sure that's the same one that I just got for my birthday!

Kristal.... Does your dad want to adopt? I got rubber boots for my birthday Shocked

LOL!! The chair was actually paid for by my brother and sister - dad just really likes going online and searching for things Razz He did cover the duty, though...

And I LOVE my rubber boots! Nothin' wrong with those...
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Re: Director's Chair in Canada

Post by CATZ on Fri Jan 01, 2010 4:59 am

Judy, how far are you from the border? I live in BC, about 20 minutes from the border and have a friend there I ship to. There are services at most border towns like 'ship happens' and others that you can ship to for a small fee and then you just run across to pick it up yourself. It saves all the extra shipping costs and delays. The duty is often waived as long as it's under $200. I do it all the time as the selection is so much better in the US and cheese is half the price... LOL. I often add the extra 30 min drive to drop in at the US Costco too.

This is the chair I got and it works great. Although I can see the benefit of the one with the closed back. Wish I'd seen that one first.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Oversize-High-Tall-Director-s-Chair-with-SideTable-1210_W0QQitemZ320449083543QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item4a9c40f897

Kristal, you should let me know next time you need something from across the line. Maybe I can 'hook you up', we're not that far from each other.

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Post by Judy on Sat Jan 02, 2010 1:20 am

That's a great idea Catz. I'm only about 30 min from the US border! I'll get my passport in order and will definitely look into if there is a spot at the Coutts border that I can send US stuff too.

Thanks for the tip! It should save me $$$
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Post by Just Jenny on Sat Jan 02, 2010 12:43 pm

CATZ wrote: Although I can see the benefit of the one with the closed back. Wish I'd seen that one first.

You will be happy with the one that you got. as for the open space in back, you can either add a cushion with straps there (the cushion helps keep the little kids a bit forward too) or watch in the thrift stores for the back massage type cushion that fits over the back of a chair...they work really well too. I trimmed a peice of 2 inch foam and stuffed it in there....works perfect for me.

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Re: Director's Chair in Canada

Post by CATZ on Sat Jan 02, 2010 1:16 pm

Thanks for the tips Jenny. I actually use two big flower pillows for little ones to sit on and put behind them. I find they like to lean back in the chair and I'm constantly having to tell them to lean forward. With the pillow behind them, they're at least a bit closer to me.

BTW, my name is actually Magna, my ID is CATZ because that's the name of my company. It's an acronym for 'Creativity A to Z' because I have so many creative interests...face painting, graphic design, marketing. sewing, crafts, etc. I'm always finding new ways to express my creativity. Very Happy
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Post by Kristal on Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:33 am

CATZ wrote:Kristal, you should let me know next time you need something from across the line. Maybe I can 'hook you up', we're not that far from each other.

No, we're really not! (I can't remember what my profile says - Vancouver? If yes, that's a lie; I'm in Surrey, but it's easier to just say Van Razz) And thanks - although I think my neighbour is going to be renting a PO box in Blaine, so I'm planning on using hers. Appreciate it, though Smile Also, my Aunt lives in Mission - maybe when the kiddies are in school they'll see you at their friend's birthdays?!
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Post by CATZ on Tue Jan 05, 2010 12:47 am

Excellent! It's good to have friends with connections across the line Very Happy

What school do your aunt's kids go to? I'm PAC secretary at Christine Morrison and know quite a few people around here. It's a pretty small town. I like it though. I grew up in Burnaby and moved out here once I started a family. Much more affordable Wink I know what you mean about saying 'Vancouver'...I say 'Mission' and people go 'what?' Are you doing any Olympic work? I just practiced some designs today for a gig I'll be doing in Feb. Should be fun!
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Post by Kristal on Tue Jan 05, 2010 1:19 am

Haha, I'd say "Vancouver," and they say, "Me too!" - to which I say, "actually, I'm in Surrey." They'd ask why I don't just say Surrey - well, because then you'd get this:

"Where are you from?"

"Surrey."

"...where?"

"It's near Vancouver."

"Oh!"

And thus, there is no point. Ha.

They're going to the School of Day to Day Things - IE they're not in school yet Razz One is turning two next week (Guess what I'll be doing at his birthday party?!) and the other will be 1 in March. When the oldest was born (we're first cousins) I realised that by the time he was old enough to drink, I'd be 41!! ...Depressing.

Re: Olympics - I've gotten together with a family friendly cafe in Yaletown, and she wants me in to do stuff during the Olympics - haven't talked about it since, but I'm sure something will come up! I'm doing the Chinese New Year Fest Feb 12-14 so I'd be missing the first few days of the Olympics anyway. But no, have not been hired by VANOC Razz They want everyone to do everything for free - performers, anyway...

What designs are you doing, since VANOC's got bans on using anything related to the Olympics?
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Post by Judy on Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:05 pm

CATZ wrote:Judy, how far are you from the border? I live in BC, about 20 minutes from the border and have a friend there I ship to. There are services at most border towns like 'ship happens' and others that you can ship to for a small fee and then you just run across to pick it up yourself. It saves all the extra shipping costs and delays. The duty is often waived as long as it's under $200. !

I took Catz suggestions and ran with it. I ordered my director's chair and went and picked it up on Wednesday. The border storage place was only 30 min from my house. Every thing went smooth, except I was so anxious that I used my car keys to open the package and accidently locked the door while doing so.... so when I went around to the other side... yup..... doors locked! Embarassed No purse, no phone, no jacket, no keys, no passport... in another country... yikes. A big thanks to the border patrol, Bobby at the storage place, Donny from the bar and the lady who kept driving past looking for updates... the 'guys' managed to break into my car 2 hours later.

So in my effort to save money.. it almost cost me BIG money to get a locksmith! lol. All in all, the Canadian border patrol must have felt sorry for me 'cause I didn't get charged anything! Very Happy

Going back next week to pick up more stuff.... so will have to take treats to my 'new' buddies. cheers and maybe hide a set of spare keys Shocked
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Post by Just Jenny on Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:17 pm

Judy,

That is just to funny! I'm glad it worked out...a real testament to the good people out there in the world.

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Post by CATZ on Fri Feb 12, 2010 8:32 pm

Ack! I'm sorry! I just went down yesterday to Bellingham (45 min from my home) to stock up on US cheese....it's less than 1/2 price. Plus I picked up my package of paint from Metina at my friend's house in Sumas...20 min from home. I love being so close to the border...best of both worlds! Very Happy

PS...I had a panic attack when my youngest was still a baby and she got locked in the car on a hot 'Canada Day' when I was getting everyone out of the car. I was used to the 'remote' access of the van not the 'manual' locks on the car which we had that day and 'automatically' locked my door when I left it without having unlocked the other side as I went around to get the baby. Luckily firemen were there for the event and helped out as I stood there freaking out.
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Post by Criss on Sat Feb 13, 2010 1:21 am

Do you love it Judy?
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Post by Judy on Sat Feb 13, 2010 4:37 pm

Yes, I quite like the chair. Took it to school yesterday for it's 'premiere' as I painted the kids in my class for their valentines party. Not sure how much use I'll get for the side table though... it may just end up getting in the way. Good thing it can fold down.

I bought the heavy duty chair (can hold over 300 lbs) thought it might withstand more abuse. The seat itself is quite wide and deep. I think if I put a stadium seat (lounge lizard) on the seat, that may keep the kids from sitting too far back.

I think I'll make a case for it, so it keeps cleaner while transporting. Also the handles are on the top of the chair so it is a bit high for 5'3 me to try and carry it that way. I also think I'll get a step to get in and out of the. The kids were stepping on the foot rest.... it was no problem holding them, but if I have to paint an adult.... it may be me standing on the step so I can reach them! lol

I took the net thingy off the bottom.... not sure how i would utilize that.

Here's the exact chair that I ordered. (It doesn't way no 33 lbs thought)

http://www.amazon.com/EXECUTIVE-DIRECTORS-Pockets-Directors-STRONGER/dp/B0033YXVWE/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1266096858&sr=8-9
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Post by Criss on Sat Feb 13, 2010 6:11 pm

How heavy would you say it is?
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Post by CATZ on Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:30 pm

I use the side table to hold the wipes and hang a garbage bag off the bar. Nice chair!
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Post by Judy on Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:57 am

Criss wrote:How heavy would you say it is?

I'll weigh it tomorrow to be sure.
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