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!