Tuesday, October 25, 2011

This is not my beautiful house

H. and I packed up the cat, rented a car, and spent three restful days in Pennsylvania, in someone else's beautiful house.

As one does when one leaves NYC, I carefully researched all the local yard sales, church bazaars and flea markets. I also checked the local Craigslist every day for a week for deals.

Unfortunately, all were a bust. The church bazaar was closing as I got there. The community yard sale only had one semi-promising item that I didn't buy. The flea market was closing as we arrived - early, annoyingly. Flea market vendors! Stay until the end of the day!

You know where there were deals, though? Craigslist. Sure, they would have been a bit of a drive, but worth it. However, my no-good husband didn't agree that those items were absolute necessities! Thwarted. Again.

Take example one. Are these two grubby Saarinen Knoll chairs? They weren't totally cheap, but they weren't bad. A re-upholstery job and these could I could be the chair-envy of all my friends.

The Grubsters
The Real Deal from Knoll

These babies retail at DWR for over $1,000! WELL over $1,000.This might be one of those things that I never forgive H. for. 

The second deal, this entire mid-century dining room set for $225. Table, chairs, credenza, china cabinet. $225.

True, I don't have a dining room. Or even any room. Or a van to lug this set back from eastern PA. But $225. Two hundred and twenty five. I could have made it work.

This, if you're counting, is the second china cabinet deal I've let get away because of my husband.

Regardless of the lack of loot from our weekend, it was worth it just to see the cat learn how to play the piano.

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