Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Saving a bundle on stuff for the house

I've been debating when to post some of the happenings around here. A few projects are still in the works and I am using all my restraint not to post details or teaser pictures.

First, some good news: We should have all our utilities turned on by tomorrow afternoon. Our final gas inspection paperwork was lost at the city level. There was a computer crash and the inspections weren't filed for several days. After several panicked moments, I was able to schedule a gas connection! (It is so very difficult not to make some sort of joke right here.)

To be honest, I love my crockpot, but after eating nothing but crockpot meals for the last several weeks, I am really ready to eat something else...like chocolate cookies or freshly baked bread. The weather is cooling off to the low 90s, which means it's practically fall.

House decorating continues. I am what one would call decorating challenged. I've always had hand me down furniture and cast offs. It's only been recently that I've discovered the thriftstore chic or funky junky is an actual style of decorating, but a bit more elevated than looking like you're still in college. It involves a lot of paint and looking at found items through different eyes. One project I hope to complete involves turning a crappy dresser into a bench seat.

The big focus now is painting downstairs and dealing with our lack of lighting.

Which brings us to the real purpose of this post...the amazing deal I got today at Lowes. Mom is here visiting from Washington state and we went paint shopping today. While we were window shopping in the lighting section (champagne tastes, root beer budget), we came across a shopping cart (that's a buggy for all my local friends) full of light fixtures. They were dusty, clearly display models. We asked the department manager if they were for sale and he quoted us a price of $50. I looked at my mom hopefully, because well...root beer budget and $50 for a single light fixture was still in the real beer price range...until he said "No, the entire cart is $50."

WHAT?

My mom didn't hesitate. She grabbed the cart and we walked as quickly as we could without damaging the lighting to the paint section so we could get out of the store before anyone changed the price!

The cart had four different pewter finish lights with a full retail value of $525!

It's been several hours and I still can't stop grinning.

Lesson learned? ALWAYS ask if there are any hidden deals/floor models on closeout. The worst they can do is say no.

These lights aren't exactly funky junky but it may be what it takes my decorating from looking cheap to chic!

1 comment:

  1. That dresser re-do is awesome! I love it! Good job on the deal, too. I love a good deal!

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