Thursday, 26 November 2009

An epic voyage

Melbourne may as well be on another planet as far as I’m concerned.

This is my tirade about the “in transit” bar stools for our kitchen. We are approaching the third month waiting for the courier to deliver these stools from Melbourne to Brisbane. And my low expectations have not saved me from, the word I hate using, disappointment...

I spoke to my mate Chris about his recent courier experience because he purchased two exquisite Robin Day plywood chairs from England. Some unexpected money came his way and what else does one do but splurge for one’s modernist chair collection?

I asked Chris how long the chairs took to arrive from overseas. He said it took one week from London to Brisbane. One week. From London to Brisbane. How does that work when I can’t get four spindly bar stools up from Melbourne?

Robin Day Plywood Armchair 1951
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That’s one bad, bad courier I used.

On the bright side, I’ve been told my stools are now in Queensland, languishing somewhere in Beenleigh (45 minutes away) to be delivered tomorrow. Ha! I’ll believe it when I see it.


  1. I have to say I don't think the post in Australia is that great. I regularly order things from the UK and they take less than 7 days to arrive. Clearly your bar stools have been walking up the Hume themselves.

  2. Hahahahaha....sorry but I have never heard anything soooo ridiculous. I clicked over to the link where you wrote about the comment the company's policies. What a load or crap!!! Haha

  3. I hope you will get them very soon!! Those stools look awesome. I think they worth the wait, but can understand that you are disappointed.

  4. Anita, you feel free to vent anytime you need, we're here for you!!! I have narrowed my ebay search for furniture to within 50km's of where I live as I couldn't handle the waiting!
    Hope the chairs arrive intact.

  5. Couriers can be an absolute nightmare. There is one company I know which do take a long, long time but are the safest and friendliest. I won't mention any names here but hopefully that is your company and you will be happy they arrive safe and sound. Sometimes the ones in Australia that are fast are hopeless at caring for furniture, let me know in the future I'd be happy to throw a few names your way of companies that people find good if you can't find the item locally, cheers Katherine


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