This picture made me do it!!!
Do you see the large basket on top of this armoire? I have lusted after one of these baskets for over a year now and had seen one in a small consignment store in a nearby suburb, but I was unwilling to pay the $139 purchase price. Now I know they can sell for a lot more, but I wanted a better bargain. When I visited the shop on Saturday morning, the basket was still there- leaning up against the wall, but with a marked down price tag of $89. I was still a bit hesitant to buy it at this price, so I continued to wander through the store and chat with the owner.
After much discussion of our common interests in wholesale companies, sales reps, favorite blogs, and our concerns with the slow down in retail sales (my family owns furniture stores in the Dayton area), I asked her about the basket. She said she was getting ready to call its owner to come and pick it up, as it had been in the store much longer than the time frame normally allotted.
“Why?” she asked, “Do you want it?” I said yes, but only if Mrs. Basket was willing to accept my offer of $50. After a quick phone call, she said Mr. Basket had agreed to accept my offer, even though his wife was not available to concur. Now I hope I didn’t cause a rift between husband and wife; after all, if Mr. Sullivan had made a snap decision like that without consulting me, I think his head would be hanging from the rafters! So I hurried myself out of there after paying my cash money and hoped that Mrs. Basket wouldn’t be rushing down to the store in time to stop me from loading my little treasure into the car!
So here it is in all of its glory. It’s large ~ about four foot square ~ and I intend to place it up on top of my bookcases once the room gets pulled back together. I’m doing a little remodeling and hope to have some semblance of order soon, even if it means using the same sofa and chairs that are in there now. I’ve been pouring through catalogs to find new furniture, but I might wait until the fall furniture market in High Point to see what new goodies might catch my eye.
Now, if I could only get a fire lit under the contractor and the painter to finish up their jobs……
This post is linked to Rhoda’s Thrifty Treasures Party. Pay her a visit to see what other found treasures you can ogle.