The other day I discovered a unique gallery on Main Street in the Village of Stone Mountain, Georgia. In all the rooms of this historic 1850 Circa house turned into a gallery I found thousands of “miniature chairs”.
One of my favorites was the yellow chair where Charlie Brown is sitting and reading a book. The character, Charlie Brown, first appeared in 1947, three years before Peanuts started, in a comic strip by Charles M. Schulz called Li’l Folks.
Barbara Hartsfield, Owner, of Collectible & Antique Chair Gallery started collecting miniature chairs over a ten-year period until it reached over 3,000 pieces. That’s when she decided she wanted to show them to the public by opening a gallery. She even made the Guinness World Records for the largest collection of miniature chairs on the 13th of March 2008 receiving a certificate of documentation.
My tour of the gallery took me through a world of miniature chairs grouped by themes like Coca-Cola, Leisure and Jungle. There are holiday groupings like Easter, Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving and a year-round Christmas tree decorated with more than 100 different miniature chair ornaments. And, the collection even includes chair earrings.
“You must see it to believe it”- Collectible & Antique Chair Gallery.
Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, January 20, 2013