Wednesday, May 11, 2016

BEST Garage Sale Find EVER

One of the BIG SPRING CLEANING JOBS this week was power washing the porch. (thank you, Elliott!)

Yikes. So much work, this change of the seasons, eh?? (thank you, Carrie!)

At this time of year -- with the sunny days, and cool breezes -- I am full of porch love. My goal is always to eat our Mother's Day meal on the porch.


This blog is from two years ago, the summer I decided to sew a sofa...


During my recent porch party, my friends encouraged me to freshen up my old chairs with some new slipcovers...but I was not enthusiastic, because they're just too old and worn out. They are not that comfortable, and they have a very sharp piece on the bottom. I thought about replacing them with swivel office chairs...but they probably wouldn't hold up very well...
I was hoping these  two worn out glider chairs had ONE LAST year in ém...
BUT, alas, I needn't have worried. Here is my favorite RITALUCK story of the summer...

It was a typical Saturday. Bert and I went to a moving sale in a very expensive neighborhood. The houses are as big as hospitals.
This particular mansion had an enormous pool in the 3 acre back yard.OMG...
Bert bought a quilt, and a bookshelf.  The owner helped us load the stuff in our car.

There was a huge set of outdoor patio furniture...cast aluminum with striped cushions. A large table, with eight dining chairs and two swivel club chairs. I asked the guy if he would be willing to sell the two swivel chairs separately?

He said he didn't want to break up the set...then I asked if it would be okay if I stopped back later in the day? He said that would be fine...

On my way out of town (about 3:00) -- I went back. My intention was to leave my name and phone number -- with a "bid" of $50 for each chair. They were in excellent condition, and the black and white upholstery will fit perfectly on my newly refurnished porch.  I have done enough window shopping of outdoor furniture to know this was high quality stuff....I figured chairs like this would cost $300 apiece.

But, before I even had a chance to make an offer...the man said, "thanks for coming back. If you want those chairs, you can have them for $20 each."

OMG. I was so THRILLED... I said, "great! I have to go home to get my husband's truck -- I'll be back!" He put a "sold" sign on them.

I went home, loaded up the two OLD porch chairs and drove them directly to the Salvation Army.

I was back at the mansion by 6:00 -- OH MY GOD....I am sooo delighted I just can't tell you.

It's like I wished these chairs into my truck...and for only $20 each??

Of course, I checked on the internet -- and if I bought them new - these chairs would be $1500 EACH. Seriously!! Who would pay that?? Most of my cars didn't cost that much...

I still CANNOT BELIEVE THE RITALUCK....I am sooo delighted.

They are completely perfect!! And they swivel for extra-special bird watching....

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