Friday, October 29, 2010

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait....

I have a philosophy when it comes to purchases or decorating my home.  If I can't figure out exactly what I want where or if I can't find or afford what I really want, I wait.  I'd rather have nothing or do nothing until I know what I want or find what "speaks to me", or can afford to get what I want.  Actually it's kind of exciting know that it will happen one day.....I will find exactly what I want or be able to purchase just the right thing for the spot!

That's why my kitchen cabinets have had nothing above them since we remodeled our kitchen.  Nothing I happen to think of just makes me jump up and down.  I think I have an idea now, but it hasn't been until recently that I thought of what I'd like there.  It will take awhile to get it to that point though.  So there we go again with waiting.  But that's okay.

One big thing I've waited on concerns living room furniture.  We've had our living room furniture since 1990!  Maybe I shouldn't tell that....I guess it's kind of embarrassing.  It's been through life with all my kids.   But.....what I want I can't afford, or put it this's not #1 on our priority list.   There are always other things that come up that have to come first.   I LOVE Johnston Benchworks furniture, but I would also settle for used furniture with the right bones to have re-upholstered in the prim fabrics that I love.   I'm always on the look-out for a good deal on either of the above options.

That's why I was so excited to find my newest purchase at the antique gallery that Joy and I frequent.  I passed by one particular booth and saw "it".  It was a blue chair and it was a fabric pattern that I loved!

I figured it would be way out of my price range, but imagine my surprise to find a price tag of $90 on it!  I was thrilled!  I came home and presented my case to Jason.  He said yes.  I decided that when I went back, if it was still there, it was meant to be and if it was gone, not meant to be.  I was really really happy to find it still waiting (for me).   :)

I'm not really comfortable with haggling on prices, but I thought it was worth a try to just ask.  I mean, all they could do is say no, right?  So I asked if the owner of that booth would take any less for the chair (actually I thought the price was already reasonable and I was getting it anyway), but I had to ask.  The clerk asked me to make an offer.  I didn't know what to say, so she suggested I offer $75.  So I did.  She called the owner and when it was said and done, I got it for 10% off, $81!  Even better than $90!

My intentions were that it would eventually end up in my living room, but for now it would probably go in my bedroom.  I had just the spot for it there.   I would wait until I had the rest of my furniture (that I'm still sort of patiently waiting on) before I put it in the living room.  However, when I got it home and put it in the living room in this corner, I knew it had to stay.  I love it there.  Actually, I love that entire corner! 

When the Christmas tree goes up, it will have to be moved to our bedroom for the Christmas season, but it will then be moved back. You know how everything always looks bare after Christmas decor comes down?  Well, now I'll have my chair to look forward to and it won't be so bare!  I love it! 

Good things really do come to those who now I'm waiting on the rest of it!  :) 


Lillie Mae Acres said...

GREAT find, and so pretty. I'm just like you, I'll wait and dream of having what I want, only if and when we can pay cash for it.
I've NEVER had a brand new LR suit. Honestly, we've had new recliners, tables, lamps, but never sofas.
I've been dreaming of a genuine leather sectional for YEARS and am currently looking again because I "may be" fixing to get one soon. If it doesn't work out, it just doesn't.

Grammee Linda said...

What a gresat find! I had a sofa sleeper in our ower level family room in that pattern when we first moved here 24 years ago and I loved it. It eventually plum wore out and it was a sad day when we said goodbye to it.

Enjoy your new piece that was meant to be!! HUG!!

At Home With Amy said...

Perfect chair Tammy and I love where you put it. I too am a lover of Johnston Benchwork furniture but I just can't justify the cost. You couldn't have found a better piece to fit in with that style.
The Lord wants us to have the desires of our heart and I guess he thought it was time for your to have yours.

Heather's Stitches said...

What a wonderful find at a great price!! I too would be singing for Joy on the way home!!

It does look like the chair was made for your corner!


Wendi said...

Great chair! It has wonderful bones. My living room has hand me down furniture from the 1990's. A nice country blue. It is nice Broyhill furniture and in good shape the fabric is just starting to look really dated. A light country blue and young kid.... well I am sure you understand that!

The Farmers Oldest Daughter said...

I really like your chair and there is so much you can do with it. I agree, don't buy if you can't afford it. You will eventually get what you like.

Blessings ♥

Sharon said...

What a great new addition to your home. It looks so good in that corner.
I think you got a real deal,so it pays to wait.
Have a great weekend.

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

oh Tammy your chair looks right at home in that the plaid..great bones too..and you got a great deal.;) I see you sitting there relaxing by the fire.;)

Lynn said...

Really love your new chair Tammy! Love the looks of it sitting there in your corner!! You definately got a great price on it too!! You done real good!! I love the fabric and color too!!

Have a wonderful weekend Tammy!


Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

Perfect for the space and a great price. I have had new furniture; some things need to be new. However, some things have much more character when gently used and they are much more affordable. A few years back, we actually bought new Lazy Boys for our family room. That is the room that our 9 little dogs live in, as well as about 60 puppies over time. Needless to say, those Lazy Boys didn't last any longer than used furniture. Since then, this room is completely done in used furniture from many sources and we are happy with it. We also don't buy anything we can't pay for outright--no plastic or payments. Craig's list, Goodwill, Stuff etc., even garage/yard sales are pretty good for pieces you can redo and prims or antiques. I love this chair. The form is perfect for me. I know it would be comfortable. Very good find. I have always loved your living room. I bet we see pictures of it with a certain little boy sitting in it with a book......

Michelle said...

It is fun to find that "just right" peice, and for a great price!!!!

I am so amazed when I think about how quickly you brought your little guy home! How are things going? Come on over to my blog and find a wonderful opportunity a friend of mine is putting together!


denise said...

boy,did you ever get a good deal.

Tanya said...

I am tickled pink (blue) for you and your new chair. I know EXACTLY how you feel about "waiting". I want to have the money saved up and look and look until I'm sure it's what I want. I didn't used to be so patient to wait...perhaps it comes with age! Now I think it makes it more special and exciting! I looked and looked at this old cabinet in a flea market for weeks and weeks. I finally "haggled" and they came down and I bought it. It's repainted and I have to put the chicken wire and new glass knobs on it. I'll post about it when it's done. It will make me think of you! :0)
SO happy you are so excited. I feel your joy for it! Plus it's beautiful!

Laura of Harvest Lane said...

Good for you, Tammy!

I, too, have been waiting for furniture for years. In God's timing!


Debbie Jean said...

I love it, it's so pretty and perfect for that corner. Enjoy your treasure!!!

God Bless~
Debbie Jean

Hollie said...

It looks great in that corner! Your home is beautiful!

Joy ~ Doodlebug ~ said...

Hey Mom,

I believe that corner of our house is my favorite! It's so pretty...

I love you! 8!

Joy :)

Annie said...

What a great find, Tammy!!! I just LOVE a bargain!!

Mandy in Mayberry said...

I know all too well about waiting! The good thing is, it makes you appreciate things so much more!

The chair looks great in that corner - enjoy!!

Sheila said...

Perfect spot!!!
Thank you for sharing!
By the way....I got new living room furniture a few months ago..ours was from 1993. :)