Today I'm hoping we get to go pick up our "new" couch from the Flea Market. I'm getting tired of picking up stuffing from our current couch. The dogs have been digging holes in our couch, probably in search of the latest thing that got spilt.
We don't buy "Brand New" much around here, almost everything in our house is either from a flea market, found, or gifted to us. The last brand new thing we actually bought was our TV.
What do I mean by "found", sweet hubby has found a bunch of things along the side of roads, at curbs and such. He used to have a tall stack of 5 gallon buckets 'cuz "you'd never know".
We've had chairs, end tables & a lamp stand "found" by him. My favorite story of him finding something was when we all were in the van and he suddenly pulled over (on the side of a major highway mind you), trudged through the snow and rescued a 2 foot tall Patrick Star doll (from the Spongebob Squarepants cartoon). It was completely frozen so he just tossed it in the back of the van & we completely forgot about it. A few weeks later we all were out on another errand run, when I heard one of the kids (who were both preschoolers) exclaim "It's snowing inside!". I turn around to see they had grabbed the Patrick doll, ripped it and are now throwing the beads around all over the inside of the van! ACK! Both kids were coated in the staticky stuff as well as anything within reach. Randy pulled into a car cleaning place and he spent about $5 bucks in quarters vacuuming the kids off and the insides of the car. So much for saving money there eh?
So if you ever visit, you'll see that nothing matches anything else, no perfect color scheme, no perfect pairs, and you know what...I don't care! If it's usable, comfortable, and it fits, it's fine.
I'm so used to consignment shop prices that when I go to Wal-Mart I balk at their prices "$30 bucks for jeans!!??" Wal-Mart of all places, is "expensive"?
Yeah call me cheap, crazy, or chintzy. Well I'm not doing it for you! That's the trouble with the world today, people are trying to impress their neighbors, their boss, their family, "competing with the Joneses". That gets them buying bigger and bigger, living above their means, and incurring large debts and then they wonder why they're broke?
So, my place may look crazy, but dammit it's comfortable!
"One finds limits by pushing them" ~ Herbert Simon