Monday, January 10, 2011

Saying No To "A Deal", But Meaning It

I have found things at flea markets, garage sales, and antique stores for a deal that I can't refuse.  Except I have refused them, then I regret it.  This fireplace for example.
I originally wrote about this fireplace in a post titled The One That Got Away.  You can read about it here.

More recently I came across these chairs.
They had a price of $5 per chair or all 7 for $30!  Great deal, right?
I was wishy-washy about them.  After all, I don't need any more chairs, much less 7 of them.  Then the lady selling them offered to let me take them ALL for $20!!!  No typo, $20 bucks!    I did the math.  I shouldn't have.  That's $2.86 per chair.  Crazy!  She just wanted them out of the garage.  Well, that reminded me of my garage and how over stuffed it is.  So I walked away from these pretty-grained cuties.

So, why is it still eating at me?  Why can't I just let it go?  Why do I obsess?  I need therapy.

Do this happen to you or am I the only nut?
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The Quintessential Magpie said...

I think you got a great deal on the chairs, and you could sell them for more than that if you decided you can't use them. But I bet you can. They would be great for extra seating for a party.

Now as to the mantle... I'm going to make you feel better. I once bought a mantle almost identical to that one that I thought I could use somewhere. I had a house with high celings, etc. An old house that could accomodate something like that. The thing is, the wallspace just didn't work out, and I ended up selling the mantle to a friend of mine for his shop at about what I paid for it, maybe less, just to get it out of my house. It looks neat, but it's a big white elephant. Trust me! Be glad, VERY glad, that one got away. LOL!


Sheila :-)

Amy Kinser said...

I obsess over decisions like that also. Kind of makes your stomach hurt when you think about it.

Don't worry though, other great deals will come along.

DanielleisNesting said...

I do it too! I still think about this great leather chair I should have bought. It was so cheap and brand new. Ugh. I love that chair.

Brenda said...

What a bargain - I would have snapped them up too. Love your blog - great way to document the day to day events of your family. Someone I know received a present for Christmas - it was the first year of her blog in book form - how awesome is that. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comments.

COTTAG3 said...

I do it too but probably would have caved in and bought the chairs for that price. I would have spruced them up and resold them if I couldn't use them.

michelle said...

I do it all the time!! I hate that feeling but there must be a reason that little angel on your should said no. It is the devil on my other shoulder that gets me into trouble! ;) I have learned to listen a little closer to the angel.

Cassie Bustamante said...

i used to do that... but now i know there are so many things out there that i love, that i can always find something else i love just as much. really- you know you will find another set of chairs one day you love as much or more!

Anonymous said...

I call it getting wise in our "young age"! I agree with Cassie. There are always deals to be found. If you didn't have a use for the chairs, I would let it go. That fireplace mantel, however, hmmmm. Gorgeous! I didn't help ya there at all :D

Take care! ~Michelle

Mommy Minded said...

Psh. I do this all the time! lol

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Yes, of course I do this! It will haunt you until you find another great set of chairs that someone is willing to practically give to you!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Yes, that happens to me all the time. I once passed up THE most awesome wire dress form. I've never seen another one like it, and it was only $60! It still haunts me.

It's too bad about the chairs. They're pretty great. And the fireplace. Live and learn, right?

Renee said...

Oh my gosh, you are not the only one who obsesses over things like this...I wish I would walk away more then I wouldn't have a garage full of chairs, bookcases, etc. just staring at me! I'm not sure what is worse...saying no or saying yes.

Sheena said...

I feel the same way when it's winter and I see something that I have to pass up. In winter my husband is usually laid off so we can't buy ANYTHING except food and the absolutly needed items (hair spray, root lift, makeup, etc ;) ). But in the summer if I pass something up that I really really want, I will go back a week or two later. If it is still there, it's "meant to be". If not, then I didn't need it. I do this with purses all the time (if the winter months didn't slow me down I would have a new purse every month!)

I have been a sucker for chairs and now have 11 for our kitchen table alone (which seats a max of 8) and our house is SOOO small I have no idea how I manage to keep them around. We will never have 11 people over to fill all those chairs but maybe by this time next year we will be owning our own home that will be much bigger than this house. :) So I will need those 11 chairs then, right?