Initially I had planned on titling this post, “Burlap, Bottles, and Bees”. But then I realized it was the perfect post for Raise.com. A campaign that I am participating in. Jessica Brady is the Community Manager for this site and had recently contacted me and asked if I would do a post about ‘impulse’ buying and the different ways I shop a sale.
Recently I was shopping with two of my sisters at a damaged goods store, NPS. My friends and I call it, ‘Train Wreck’ because you never know what you’re going to find.
In the collectibles room I came across two burlap parson chairs. Now was I in the market for chairs? NOPE! But decided, (out of curiosity) and because I love burlap to see how much they were. I could not believe the price! $159.00 for the two. Yes, I said two!
They were good quality and I loved the nail heads and skirted bottom.
Now, just to show you what a good deal that was I am showing the chairs that I already had at the end of my kitchen table. Sweet gingham checked parson. I paid $350.00, (yes each) for them at a furniture store.
I decided that I can always use more chairs. Especially after having recently finished our basement. Knowing what a steal that price was I just couldn’t pass them up.
I’ve taken the gingham chairs downstairs for now and will enjoy my new chairs upstairs for a while. I’m sure they will be moved around from time to time.
Even though this was a wonderful price there are certain things you have to consider when you ‘impulse’ buy:
1. Can I afford it? Luckily hubby and I are financially stable and I don’t have to count pennies. But as a young mother I can remember when $160 might as well have been a million. Also, if buying it causes you to pay interest, late fees, or overdraft fees on a card; was it really a bargain?
2. Do I really need it?: Many of us (myself included) get e-mails from companies that have a ‘Deal of the Day’. Now, these are usually always a very good deal, but often we find ourselves buying things that we would not have bought otherwise.
Well, just a little food for thought. Now lets’ see some of those
bottles: I’ve decorated my table with a garden theme.
Green bottles echo the color of grass.
A small beeswax candle finds homage under a mini cloche
Bottles and bees:
My large bee skep I bought in Williamsburg, VA is one of my favorite garden treasures. The little jar of honey was a wedding ‘thank you’ gift and the small bee plates were a thrift find.
I added moss to the top of two small terra cotta pots to carry on the garden theme.
I pulled this tiered stand from my bathroom and filled it with garden goodies.
Bottles, Bees, and Burlap:
The new burlap chairs are joined by a cute bee burlap container holding potpourri. I recently bought the mini wool runner on sale at Deseret Book.
There you have it: Burlap, Bottles, and Bees.
After a cold and rainy weekend I’m hoping to find time in the garden today.
p.s. I want to thank my daughter, Kylee for the sweet Mother’s Day hack! If you missed it you can check it out here: http://jannolson.blogspot.com/2014/05/happy-mothers-day.html. Made me cry!
I will be sharing with these fun parties: