Windows, Walls, and Shopping!

The House on High Street

Things are going very fast at The House on High Street.  All the walls and ceilings have been covered with dry-wall.  New windows are being installed this week.  And, Scott and I are scavenging for extraordinary deals to furnish and decorate our home.

Living Room & Dining Room with dry-wall.
Living Room & Dining Room with dry-wall.
Master Bedroom with dry-wall.  (Before windows replaced.)
Master Bedroom with dry-wall. (Before windows replaced.)  Great views, huh?
Master Bedroom (Post dry-wall...Pre Window replacement)
Master Bedroom – Sitting Room (Post dry-wall…Pre Window replacement)
New windows installed on the first floor.  This is the Great Room.
New windows installed on the first floor. This is the Great Room.  More great views!

As you can see, the house is very close to the decorating phase.  Don’t worry, I’ve been working on this part, behind the scenes, for months.

Home Decorating is something that I have always taken pride in.  Yes, I have expensive taste (as does my husband); not because we like to spend more money, but because we like to buy things ONCE and get the quality that will last a lifetime. (Big difference.)  I also believe in compensation.  You don’t need everything to be extraordinary.  It’s like the shoes and the handbag theory.  Sometimes, less is more.

Quality shopping is not so much a matter of money, it’s a matter of patience and effort. Scott is patient.  And, I don’t mind putting out a little extra effort when it comes to negotiating or buying something that may need a little TLC.  We make a great team in this department.

I think Scott and I, both, inherited our shopping traits from our moms.

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I remember furniture shopping with my mom years ago.  So help me, she would give every sales person a run for his money!  She was masterful, to say the least.  This is how the dialogue would go down…(And, it’s similar to what my husband hears, today.)

“Excuse me.  This couch over here, I see it’s been marked down.  Is it because of this scratch in the back leg?”
“I believe so, ma’am.”
“I see.  May I see the store manager, please?”

A few minutes later…

“Hello, can I help you.”
“Yes, I’d like to help YOU by taking this piece of furniture off your hands.”
“Oh, is that so.  Gee, I never thought of it that way.”
“I’m going to give you X dollars for this couch here, with the scratch in the back leg.”
“That’s like 50% less than what we have it marked here for.”
“How long has it been here?”
“About 8 weeks.”
“Exactly…Perhaps because it’s not worth what you have it listed for.  It has a defect.  It’s your call, but this is what I feel the couch is really worth.”
“I’ll give you the couch for X dollars.”  (It’s typically somewhere in the middle of mom’s offer and the ticketed price.)
“Deal”
“Ok!”

A few minutes later, we’d be calling my father to come to the store with his truck.  Both he and the sales manager would be shaking their heads.  Mom would be glowing with achievement, while I just watched it all unfold with bewilderment.  Dad would fix the defect with just a little elbow grease, and the couch would be restored to its original appearance.

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Here are some deals that Scott and I have found so far; at Flea Markets, Furniture Consignment Shops, and High End furniture stores (via clearance sections and/or floor models for sale).  You would not believe the difference in the retail cost and the price we paid.

Garage Sale.  This beautiful tufted, red, leather chair is worth $700 new.  We bought if for $50.   Scott claimed it for his office.
Garage Sale. This beautiful tufted, red, leather chair is worth $700 new. We bought if for $50. Scott claimed it for his office.
We found this in the clearance section at a high-end furniture store.  It was already marked down, but thanks to my negotiating skills, we made a better offer and saved hundreds of dollars!  This will go in the sunroom.
This unique rounded sofa, with nail-heads and a beautiful fabric, was found in the clearance section at a high-end furniture store.  Surprisingly, it had no defects.  It was already marked down, but thanks to my negotiating skills, Scott and I made a better offer and saved hundreds of dollars! This will go in one corner of the sun room.
I negotiated the cost of this gorgeous brass lamp (that weighs a ton) and this Regency styled tapered pedestal at a high-end furniture store that was moving locations and selling floor items.
I negotiated the cost of this gorgeous brass lamp (that weighs a ton) and this Regency styled tapered pedestal at a high-end furniture store that was changing locations and selling floor items.  We paid HALF of the retail cost.

We still have a lot to do, and a lot to buy. Most of our purchases will need to occur over time, but I’m happy to say that, so far, God has been blessing our budget and providing the best opportunities for our purchases. Stay tuned!

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