As Im sure you remember, Chris and I have been on the hunt for some patio furniture for a while... and by a while, I mean since before the deck was built. Sooooo I guess thats going on 4 MONTHS now. I seriously have been scouring garage sales, craigslist, and even dropping the not-so-subtle hints to my parents when they came out to visit from AZ (ie. "I wish we could afford furniture for this super nice deck we built by hand. But alas, we are too poor. Instead we shall sit upon our blistered hands and lay on the floor like peasants." .... My mom bought me gardening gloves and said to call it even....)
So when hitting up my last garage sale of the day this past Saturday (isn't it always the case where its the LAST one you actually find something?) I found what maybe could be a diamond in the rough...
Buried under a couple few hundred pillows and blankets was this great, durable, large plastic wicker couch and ottoman.
I about peed my pants when the lady gave me the price of $75 and I rapidly texted a picture to Chris while growling at other people walking the sale for even looking/touching it. I even contemplated the fake sneeze/cough and rubbing my hands all over it, thus marking it as "mine", but the people running the sale looked pretty classy so I decided to just stick with the evil-eye looks and low grumbles... (Who said watching wild animals on Discovery channel would never pay off???)
About 15 seconds later, I still had no text back from Chris (patience is not one of my strong suits) so I called and awoke my dashing husband to see what he thought of the couch.
...(back to bed)...
Sweet, now that I had the go-ahead (Chris and I try our best not to buy anything for the house unless we are in 100% agreement) I was able to do my thing: the Art of Negotiating.
Noticing how not all the cushions/pillows were with the set (not that I minded... EASILY fixable) I asked if she would take $60.
|oh ye of little faith... the cushions matter not|
However, when he got there, we had a little trouble fitting it into the back of my SUV.
So we made it to here and said "We were only going a few blocks. It should be fine, right?"
Once we backed down the driveway and loaded it into its little nook, it was perfect... and damn if my family doesn't look good sitting on it...
1. Just having the bottom cushions with no back ones... which was completely fine and comfortable, but didn't look that cute.
2. See if I could find some new large back cushions to add to it...
3. Just adding a whole bunch of smaller pillows that people can move around.
Wanting to make it look a little more "complete" I figured I would start with Option 2 and run from there. Since the woman we bought it from said she got it at Costco 2 years ago, I figured it would be a good starting point.
Using some TOTAL guess work (I forgot to measure how large the couch was), I bought 3 "Outdoor Floor Pillows" and a 2-pack of accent pillows and brought them home.
Each of the large pillows were $19.99 and the little 2 pack of accent pillows were $9.99
The whole garage sale Saturday really restored my faith in timing and delayed gratification. Chris and I were seriously contemplating spending $1,500 for a new set at Costco just last month! Hmmm $1,500 or $130 for a garage sale find and some new pillows???
I would love to hear from you!
P.S - I can't wait to show you guys what's going on in my new "office"!! More details to come Wednesday!!