Even though Chris and I are practicing Catholics, I feel like sacrificing a pure-white lamb to the Craigslist Gods on high.
But before I get into all that, I want to show you (so you can sympathize with me) the sorry state of our living room couch "situation".
To be completely honest with you, I don't know why we have kept them for so long (oh wait, that's right, we're poor) but it always seems like we've had a bigger project to tackle then spending the money on a new sofa. (ie. back deck, kitchen, that kid we're having, etc.)
However, I. cannot. take. their
Even Chris, a manly-man dude, thinks they are completely "icky" and agreed we should really look into putting our "bathroom remodel money" into a "sofa fund" first.
As I'm sure you could see from the pictures above, the space is NOT big by any means, so sticking with lighter colors was a must to keep the room from feeling too heavy.
We have lusted over this light grey sofa from Macy's for a while...
So, where do I turn? Oh just the same place I turn to for everything, Craigslist.
I had been browsing for a couple of weeks (maybe months... if not years) and have had a couple of close "almosts" but nothing that I was too excited about. Until I saw this sucker...
Couple of things:
1. I love the color and it would go PERFECTLY with our walls without being too matchy-matchy
2. I've honestly thought about camping out in Z Gallerie
3. Take a look at the arm trim... Nail head detail and I are like two lost souls who hear dramatic violin music in the background whenever we find each other
4. It looks to be in awesome shape! (I later find out the girl got it but has spent the last year and a half at her boyfriends and hardly ever sat on it but she's moving into his place now. She's not a smoker (score) and has no pets (check)
5. "OBO"... maybe my favorite words on Craigslist. It means shes not attached to the price and I could usually save myself some serious cash-ola.
After nearly fainting out of sheer excitement, I sent the ad to Chris, who happily approved, and after a couple e-mails back and forth with the seller, we agreed on $400.
Counting down the minutes until Chris got home so we could go pick up our new beauty, I checked out the Z Gallerie site and were shocked that the exact same couch was still available for about $700 more than I was paying for it (even on sale!)
As the day continued and the clocked creeped slower to 5 o'clock, I continued working and browsing on Craigslist just for giggles... Then... my heart stopped... Honestly, what I saw next, was pretty darn near close to the second-coming in terms of miracles...
(Cue the clouds opening and orchestra of angels singing in white)
No way. I'm not that lucky.
I call the number listed and the guy tells me it still available. His interior decorator friend talked him into buying it a little over a year ago but no one ever sits in it. He was looking to get rid of it for something more manly.
Sold, my friend... Sold.
When Chris got home, I was basically a puddle of happiness on the floor; incapable of moving.
I even forget how I got in the car to go get the couch (I think Chris rolled me down the walkway) but either way, we were on our way to get our new living room set.
That is, until we got to the couch and either my measuring tape lied to me, or my SUV's trunk space shrunk by 2 inches.
(that song is about as thug as you can make a Subaru... and even then it's a bad attempt)
Thank God we lived only 10 min away on back streets... I was a nervous wreck and even had this awesome view when looking out the window...
|He's the pair of legs behind the post|
We worked with a couple different set ups for the new couch:
Next day, different car, same ghetto solution.
Once we got home, we had to wait for our buddy Blake to come over to help bring down the chair... ... ... sooooo our front driveway looked like this for a couple hours.
|Welcome to the M-Streets... we're classy|
|I liked it in the corner but it stuck out a bit too far.|
|Rocky: the world's worst photo-bomber|
Things to change:
- Location of the couch
- New rug
- New drapes
- Mounting the TV above the fireplace (its currently to the right of this shot above)
- Bringing those two wingbacks back into the living room
- Getting new pillows
- Making a statement wall
- ... a few other things I havent thought of yet
Luckily a lot of these are quick, inexpensive fixes so we won't have to dip into our "Bathroom Budget" money too much, but at least getting THIS done before the little one gets here will make me feel 10,000x better.
I'll have a better room lay out with plans for you all on Monday so you can kind of see what we are thinking.
All in all for the couches, we paid $675... ($565 if you want to count the 1 day flip I sold on Craigslist that I found at a garage sale)... That's a savings of $1,133 if we would have just bought the set from Z Gallerie and $1,433 if we would have bough each piece separately. Also that saving is before tax (add on an additional couple hundred) which we don't have to pay since we did cash through Craigslist.
Dear Craigslist Gods... I love you... I shall now name our first born son: Craigslist.
(not really mom, don't worry)