Sandy Boyd and her partner Dwayne out the front of their tiny home in Tasman. Photo: Charles Anderson.

Restorer throws out antique chair


Sandy Boyd was getting rid of everything in her life that she didn’t need.

She was downsizing – selling or giving away all the things that cluttered up her life. She and her partner Dwayne were busy restoring his old house truck and converting it into a tiny house.

The truck was built over 30 years while Dwayne was a house remover. It used to sit on a 1975 Bedford truck but it has been removed and slotted onto a trailer on a pocket of land in Tasman.

But there wasn’t much room for anything.

“Building a tiny home you have to get very practical and ask ‘why am I keeping something?’,” Sandy said.

So out went all the furniture – they donated a lot to the Nelson Tasman Hospice.
Other things the gave to friends.

The one chair Sandy kept, however, was one that she found 17 years ago at an antique store in Motueka. “If I was going to have one piece of furniture then this was going to be it,” she says.

“It’s built for a small environment, it’s compact, it’s light.”

But it also needed some work.

So Sandy took it to a restorer who agreed to reupholster it. He told them it would take several weeks. The time came around and Dwayne dropped in to see how it was going. But the chair was nowhere to be found.

“I call it a major clerical malfunction,” says Dwayne.

The restorer had confused it with another chair, thought Sandy didn’t want to do the extra work and so got rid of it.

“The fella has obviously made a mistake but it’s something that shouldn’t happen,” Dwayne says.

It turned out he had dropped it at a recycling centre. So they went round to the recycling centre, auction houses and antique stores searching for the distinctive piece of furniture.

Sandy’s chair that was thrown out by a restorer. Photo: Supplied.
Sandy’s chair that was thrown out by a restorer. Photo: Supplied.

“But no one could remember seeing it.”

So now the couple are well on their way to finishing the tiny house but they are still missing that one special piece.

“We just want to track it down,” Sandy said. “We want to finish the job.”

Dwayne said if someone had taken it on as a project then that was one thing.

“Better that than being hiffed in a hole.”

But they hoped they could do a deal with whoever has it to get the chair back.

“It would really complete our project,” Sandy says.

They have put the call out on social media and, while they have had some nibbles, there has been no clear sign as to what happened to their chair.

“It’s a bit of a mystery but we would love to see it back,” she says.