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Stone Mountain gallery exceeds 3,000 miniature chairs
by Eva Woghiren
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June 20, 2013 11:26 AM | 2706 views | 6 6 comments | 126 126 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Nathan Self<br>Proprietor of the chair museum, Barbara Hartsfield welcomes visitors to her collectible and antique chair gallery she runs in downtown Stone Mountain's historic village.
Staff / Nathan Self
Proprietor of the chair museum, Barbara Hartsfield welcomes visitors to her collectible and antique chair gallery she runs in downtown Stone Mountain's historic village.
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After reaching 3,000 chairs and holding the Guinness World Record for most miniature chairs, Barbara Hartsfield has stopped counting. Upon earning the world record, she opened The Collectible and Antique Chair Gallery in 2009.

What used to be a hobby — now turned business — of collecting and buying chairs has made Hartsfield a record holder since 2008.

Hartsfield’s chair collecting hobby began in 1991 when she was going to write an article. To get in the mood, she started browsing for chairs and doors.

“I kind of stumbled into this,” Hartsfield said. “I had no idea I was going to open a museum. I found so many interesting chairs then kept buying on the weekends and it grew into a large inventory.”

Throughout the three rooms in the exhibit, chairs designed as teapots, cookie jars, lamps, bird houses, candle holders and several other items are displayed. Each chair is organized and grouped within a holiday theme.

A few of the most popular chairs displayed are in bottles, similar to ships in a bottle. Another one of the more popular on display is the chair made entirely out of old bottle caps.

“People ask me which chair is my favorite all the time and I almost want to say it’s like asking which one of your children do you like the best,” Hartsfield said. “It’s almost impossible to choose.”

Although it was difficult, Hartsfield mentioned the Christmas tree decorated with more than 100 different chair ornaments as one of her favorites. For every letter of the alphabet there is a chair in her gallery, she said.

After tallying 3,000 chairs, Hartsfield has lost count. She sold many and is constantly buying new ones for the gallery. The inexpensive chairs range from about $5 to $50. The one regular-sized chair is decorated with the famous cartoon character Betty Boop and is one of the few chairs not for sale.

The gallery, in the historic Stone Mountain Village, is open Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 5 to 12. The gallery is unique to the area and is something people have never seen before, Hartsfield said.
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F. Moore
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June 30, 2013
This is the most unique collection you'll ever experience!! The stories behind each chair is so fasinating and Barbara tells them with such delight that you will hang on to every word. I love the article and pictures. Congratulations and keep on holding on!!! God's best to you.
Gerri Ricks-Beulah B
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June 27, 2013
I read the article about your chair collection. You have a very unique hobby & business. I hope you have much success on your "chair endeavor". This Beulah member is very proud of you. Keep up the good work. CONGRATS!
T. Truss
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June 24, 2013
My congratulations to you on your very unique and fascinating venture. I've had the pleasure of watching your hobby grew into a wonderful business. Thanks for sharing your story with others. Continued blessings!
patricia deas
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June 24, 2013
This unique museum is so enjoyable to stroll thru.She even has a gift shop of unique items, such as picture frames inside chairs.I used to drive past her place all the time, on my way to Stn.Mtn. Park until a mutual friend took me there.Truly,every age group can enjoy the visit.Congratulations,Barbara, and I look forward to one day seeing you being featured on a show such as 'one of Atlanta's hidden treasures'!
Lyn B
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June 24, 2013
AN AWESOME SIGHT!!!! Challenge your mind to think of a chair type she may not have and be prepared to be proven wrong.I return to visit always and find something new I missed before or was added new. Barbara Hartsfield is the peach of the visit there. Though the sights are very intriguing, my favorite is the stories behind the history of the museum and the individual pieces from such diverse places. Be sure to ask her about any that peak your interest. A fantastic family reunion activity for all age groups or field trip for any group as they also check out all the attractions and eateries in Stone Mountain village. Don't miss it!
B. Amir
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June 22, 2013
What a great story, & very inspirational. I have visited the museum, it was an enjoyable experience, unique and captivating. Congratulations Ms. Hartsfield.
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