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Fish Chair Unites Internet Strangers

Back in the early 2000s, there was a gift shop on Whitesburg Drive, Details by Lynda, that sold MacKenzie-Childs home goods. People would come in from across the area just to pick up that perfect piece of whimsically wonderful china to complete their set, or an overstuffed ottoman for their living room. MacKenzie-Childs has a far-reaching fan base — at least from Alabama to New York to Maryland. 

A few days ago on the Facebook page “Weird Secondhand Finds That Just Need to be Shared,” someone posted a photo of a MacKenzie-Childs fish chair they found at a thrift store. The group has two million members, but only one of them has a tattoo of the same chair on her leg.

See, Emily DelFavero got that chair tattooed on her calf two years ago after seeing it, but she never actually owned the chair that retails for $1,900. Her mother collected MacKenzie-Childs and it was in her honor that Emily got inked.

Well, the do-gooders of Facebook decided Emily needed the chair. They set up a GoFundMe to raise the $600 to buy it from the store, then they rallied together to drive the chair from Baltimore to Syracuse, New York.

“I was thinking I would call the place and buy the chair myself; I wasn’t even looking for donations, but I realized within minutes that people really just wanted to be a part of this,” Emily said. 

She received the chair in perfect condition, and now has a tangible reminder of her mother and the kindness of internet strangers.

About the author


Jessie Harbin

Jessie lives in Meridianville with her husband, baby and four dogs. She thrives on chaos, and loves finding good news stories where you least expect them.

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