We have a bargain box section in the local paper. I often scan it, circle a few things and almost never call the number listed, making excuses for myself that its either sold already, do I want someone else's second hand crap or ... really, do i want someone else's second hand crap!?
But who could resist this one?......ANTIQUE FURNITURE. Needs restoration and TLC, three pieces, $30/OBO. FREE microwave. Two 60's loveseats, lime green, $20/each. End tables, coffee table, bookcase, $10/each
The location was a cute little beach house right opposite the ocean in Oak Bluffs. A bit like this one.
A nice lady called Kathy answered the door whilst being pelted with wind, rain and seawater from the first "nor'easter" of the season. It was freezing cold and I seriously questioned what I was doing there.
Then I saw them, the lime green color, a stark contrast to the cold gray day.
In the true manner of buying anything second hand, I umm-ed and arrr-ed.... drew in some sharp intakes of breath and told her that actually they weren't really what I was looking for. After all, the "lime green" cushions turned out to be Vinyl (ewww I hear you all screetch!), and I imagined how cold they would be on ones bottom in the winter and how ones clammy legs would stick to them in the summer - (yuk).. not really the comfy curl-up-and-watch-a-movie kind of living room seating I was looking for.
But then I got to thinking about that neighbor of mine, with the industrial sewing machine, who makes sofa cushions etc for the decorators on the island...... I asked how much she wanted for them.
Anyway long story short, they are now mine and after a little wipe down with Murphys oil soap, they look pretty cool in my "rapidly becoming a film set for Mad Men", living room! I think Joan Harris, (nee Holloway) would love it!