Thursday, October 01, 2020

I'd much rather talk than type

 but I can understand where that could be annoying to y'all since you have no control over how fast or slow you can move through the content; hard to know what to skip over. 

So type I shall.

I do not live in a shopper's paradise. And if you don't have a car then you are definitely in a shopper's hell.

For some strange reason there are few furniture stores in NoVA. All the really nice ones are in Maryland and the Southern part of Virginia. And of course the District has some high end places; I have always been fond of Roche Bobois. This seasons designs aren't thrilling me, truth to tell, but there are still pieces I wouldn't mind living with. (If any of you actually click on the link and look at some of their designs, let me know. LOL)

Within a reasonable Uber drive, we have Ethan Allen, purveyors of ugly expensive furniture. I have no objection to expensive when it is warranted, which in the case of Ethan Allen it is, it's the ugly that turns me off.  There is a Hamilton's Leather and Sofa Gallery which I have no personal knowledge of but the reviews of the quality of their furniture are off-putting. There is a Haverty's about 12 miles away, they carry quality stuff at quality prices but I've been burned by them so I'm not inclined to buy there again. 

Also within a reasonable Uber drive is Value City and Bob's Discount Furniture - we won't even discuss that. Even if I had only 6 months to live (which is all I may well have, who knows), I wouldn't buy furniture from those places. 

But - Aha - there is a Macy's only 2.5 miles away with a large furniture department. I have been perusing the web site for some months now and they do seem to have what I want - well, as close to what I want as I'm gonna get - and given my current health situation it is kinda important that I have someplace to sit down besides the dining chairs or my desk chair. 

(I'm leaving out the whole back story about why the only furniture in my living room is my husband's gigantic recliner and a blanket chest with a cushion on top for the cat. No place for Grace.)

Off we go to Macy's this morning, test out a few loveseat recliners (a love seat is all I have room for) and - everything is out of stock. Nothing available for delivery until the end of the year and most probably the new year. WTF? Yup, seems folks are buying expensive leather furniture with gay abandon. The salesman mumbled something about "supply chain". 

We came home, I hopped back on-line, and checked out the availability of a loveseat that looked exactly like the one I tried out in the store and lo and behold I can get it delivered next Tuesday. Now, it's not the exact same model but close enough so that I am pretty sure it will be as comfortable as the one I tried out. I kinda feel bad for the salesman since he just got done out of a commission but I suppose if he had been a bit more clever he would have offered us that option - buy without sitting - and made the sale. Ya snooze, you loose boy-o!

Normally spending the amount of money I just spent today would have me in major anxiety mode. One of the reasons I haven't bought something sooner, aside from no furniture stores around, is the cost. It's not that I am cheap, I AM frugal. I waffle back and forth over whether I REALLY need something before I buy. A big ticket item? Holy crap, that can take years! (Tho spending $25,000 on a new kitchen was a no brainer - shoulda done that sooner than I did.) 

I just thought - I've got the money, I need the loveseat, I could die tomorrow - Fuck it!


8 comments:

  1. I clicked the link and saw very little that I found even remotely appealing.
    I've been contemplating buying a new couch for over a year. I finally went out to a local furniture store and after careful consideration made a decision. Of course it was out of stock until the end of October. It'll probably be another year before I go out looking again.

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    1. I don't think anyone will care for the Roche Bobois style LOL I love ultra modern, always have, I'm all about Euro-style. I also like Asian-influenced style. So why didn't you order the sofa? The end of October is only a month away and you would have a nice new sofa to camp out on this Winter.

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  2. I clicked and liked the purple sofa but it doesn't look comfy! I also liked the Cigale table. The prices are more than I'd want to pay though. Glad you found a love seat that'll be delivered quickly. I've heard that furniture, refrigerators and freezers are in high demand right now. Must be now that everyone is home they're sprucing things up or maybe just replacing things that are breaking from so much more use.

    We could all die tomorrow! That reminds me of the song "Live like you were dying" by Tim McGraw. We should all do more of that kind of living!

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    1. There is a lot in their latest collection that does NOT appeal to me at all, for starters I prefer smooth seats...Their designers change frequently, I fell in love with their stuff years ago when I lived in Boston, they have a showroom there and I would visit on a regular basis LOL I do like super modern and Asian-influenced - this new collection is a bit poofy for my taste but still some nice clean pieces.

      The thing about living like you were dying (which in reality we all are) is that - oh, the ever practical and pragmatic me - you still have to plan for tomorrow - you don't want to end up living in a cardboard box on the street!

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  3. I clicked on the link... and if money wasn't an issue I'd buy the Mah Jong indoor living room set. The one with the purple striped rug. Gorgeous! But my mama always used to warn me to try not to have a steak appetite on a hamburger budget, so.... Roche Bobois is way out of my league. And my spending habits, to be honest. I'm more of a furniture-in-a-box-that-requires-assembly type girl. My couch sitting in my living room now was $300 and it was the only thing I could sleep on after I broke my back in 2016... so that's saying something for it, I suppose. ~Andrea

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    1. As much as I love color I found the Mah Jong collection a bit much LOL Roche Bobois is just for dreaming. My father always said "champagne tastes with beer money in your pocket". As I've said, I really like Asian-influenced design - clean lines with just a hint of curves or angles for visual interest. And I don't like soft poofy stuff, or, lord help us, throw pillows. Oh you should hear my husband on the subject of 'decorative pillows'. We used to watch a lot of those HGTV decorator shows (yeah my husband liked those)and we would both yell at the TV - "No, not throw pillows!" Also 'accessories" - we don't get "accessories" LOL

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  4. Absolutely Grace use the new word it feeeels good!! Loveseats for the win!!

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    1. I get tired very easily and really need somewhere besides the bed to rest and relax and read. I don't watch much tv and have been watching on my desktop computer - a desk chair isn't the optimal seating plus I need to be able to put my feet up. So - YES to the recliner loveseat!

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