Sunday, April 10, 2011


Sometimes I just don't know what I want. Oh sure, I THINK I know but I don't. Take the fact that I've had 8 cars in 13 years...yeah, I didn't know. But the last one had the transmission going out so I emailed the dealership and told them what my needs and wants were and when they called me and I went in and then they told me that they had the PERFECT vehicle for me....I stood there waiting for a Honda Element and they pulled up in a Minivan. I kinda screamed." A Van?!" and you know what, now I love it.
It's perfect. Who knew! Certainly not me.
So I've been lusting and dreaming of a white slipcover sofa. I have had so many sofa's and loveseats that I have lost count. I always find something CLOSE to what I want but just not quite right. I always have to make some major repair or I was going to have to make some slipcovers for it. Not really a simple feat since I don't really sew. But I've had some nice ones that got damaged by my dogs. My dream was always to get the white washable slipcover one that Ikea has. Actually I wanted 2.  I thought they would look nice across from other. And of course I knew that Blue would take one of them over and I need a place to sit too!
I planned on saving up some cash and going for it . Any one that knows me and the fact that my home is full of furry kids, thinks I'm crazy. Because I want white. I've been really into the Vintage and French Provincial style of decorating but lately I'm really pulled towards the Modern, Industrial,Vintage look. I look around my home and see that most things are either white or black.....and then the other day I saw an ad for an estate sale. It had a Naugahyde sofa grouping. Hmmmm, well I HAD been thinking of brown leather but...I do have a problem with the leather part (OK, I won't even go THERE on THAT, but my mind keeps thinking of someones SKIN).
So I sent my sister out on a scouting mission and she text photos back to me while I was at work. She snagged up the tags before anyone else could get them (she can be ruthless) and called me with measurements. I thought that the sofa would be too long for my little house and I told her to just get the loveseat and chair.The loveseat was only $75. and the chair $30! Then the next morning (Saturday) I drove over to get them. It was the second day of the sale so everything was now 20% off. My sister and her husband were there getting this awesome Dining Room table with several leaves to it and these big sturdy beautiful chairs. So we loaded up my stuff and I milled around as they took the table apart to get it into their van. I kept looking at the sofa. I took the tag off so no one could buy it out from under me and I found a yardstick and I measured it. Then I measured it again. I stood back and looked at it and measured it a final time. Someone there asked me how many times I was going to measure it? And I said that I was hoping it would get smaller. It measured 7 feet, not the 8 ft that my sister had paced off. Hmmmm......

The tag was for $125. and with the 20% off it would be $100. It had 2 buttons off but they were in a baggie, taped to the side. It was just the front of them and I could glue those back into their settings. I'm not really a barterer but...I went inside. The ladies that run the sale know me by name and they adore my sister and her husband  (probably  because they are always spending money at their sales) so I walked in and they asked if I wanted the sofa too? I hemmed and hawed and I mumbled something about the buttons and then asked if MAYBE they would go down on the price a little? So she ran her adding machine for a moment and then said "How about $75?" I laughed and told her that she was evil and had read my mind! and then I wrote her a check. I got it home
and moved my other furniture around (one upstairs and the other to the curb).
I've taken some quick photos. Please don't squint at the background, I think I spy my sandal in one and white BLUE hair in another! Hey, I've been working overtime and NOT cleaning! So....please pardon the mess. But I gotta say, as I stand back and look at it. It's kinda like my van. Who knew! My sofa soulmate!


sassypackrat said...

I LOVE them! I think you made a great decision!

yoborobo said...

I love them, and you should see my living room, because I have a dark brown sofa, chair and loveseat! We are sofa twins! Weeee! Nice score on those, you got some amazing prices. And look how cute Blue looks. :))) Xox Pam

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Oh...I didn't know you went back and got the sofa too! They are very retro in a good way. Yes, I can totally see you decorating around these. Blue looks like he's enjoying.

Georgina said...

What finds!!! You made out like a bandit and Blue isn't complaining!! LOL


carla ( said...

Hi!!! I like them!!! Blue likes them!!!! I think they look great and what great prices!!!! I like that it has padding on the arms...that helps a lot!!!! I really like to change things out a lot too!!!! hugs

Suzie said...

You have Blue's stamp of approval, so you really need nothing more! lol

My daughter and daughter in law have 3 dogs, ranging from a large German Shepard to a very stout Beagle, (and 5 cats!), and after going through several cloth covered sofas and chairs, decided to swallow their repulsion and get leather covered seating. And it has been the perfect solution! It is easy to keep clean, and it stands up to the dogs claws. And the cats don't even try to sharpen their claws. .no threads to pull.

Congratulations on finding such a great deal!! It was meant to be!

Anonymous said...

Never white in my home as long as I have big dogs, so I´ll never have white in my home :-)

I do however like what You´ve bought! and so does Blue it seems :-)

Have a great day now!

Mundo Mundaca said...

It is this that I define of very applied money!
excellent purchase! the prices were a trifle.
the sofa seems very comfortable and I already see that Blue also approved.
have a beautiful weekend my dear friend

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I think the key to this is how great Blue looks sitting on it. I love that little painting above the sofa...very domino! Love the sofa next to the white walls too. I know you are into industrial cottage these days and I think it's working for you.

Cindy said...

Wonderful story and I'm so glad it all went well for you, it looks wonderful in your home, even with the sandal:D
Hugs, Cindy

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

I love that sofa! Seems like it was meant to be.