Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tale of Two Rocking Chairs

Last week, we saw something that made us that much more devoted to our goal of using what is available secondhand. Not only is it good for the environment, but sometimes what's old, is new again!


So, there we were cruising around Home Goods like we usually do on the weekends, and there, tucked in the furniture was this rocking chair.


We could help but laugh at the price tag. This rocking chair was $150!

I know some people would see $150 price tag and say, "well that is a very reasonable price, especially for for a nursery or something" and normally I would agree.

That is, if we hadn't purchased this rocking chair about two months prior.


Is it just me, or are those the same damn chair?

And what we paid for our rocking chair?

$15.

We purchased our version of the rocking chair on Craiglist months ago for 1/10th of the cost of the Home Goods "new" version. And we didn't even have a reason to buy it- we simply bought it because of the price, how good of a condition it was in, and because we thought it would go well with what our dream board for our future nursery looks like. Buy it for $15 now and put it in the empty room for someday, or wait until it's time for it and pay ten times as much.

Moral of the story: Stalk second hand sites, and if you know you're going to buy something down the road anyway and you see it at the right price, buy it.

Especially if you see the SAME DAMN CHAIR that you wanted in a department store.


11 comments:

  1. That's crazy!!! Yours is FAR more pretty - the curves are more delicate and detailed, and I like the roundy wood instead of the flat wood. I think it would look awesome painted too!!

    Good score!!

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    1. Thank you! And I agree. We fully have plans to revamp ours out of the 70s when we actually have kids. It reminds me of clouds!

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  2. What a steal! It's gotta make you feel pretty good :)

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  3. Ha--nice! Yeah, Home Goods and Ikea is where we buy our splurges; Craiglist, garage sales, and thrift stores are for everyday shopping :).

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  4. I had to laugh when I saw the price tag for the Home Goods chair. I also bought the exact same chair a few months ago at the Salvation Army for twenty dollars. We even saw another one in better condition at another used store for just ten, and it took a lot of convincing not to pick it up and re-donate the first one! It looks like you did great with the decision to buy used! I am excited to see how you revamp the chair.

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    1. I am too! I hope it turns out as good in real life as it looks in my head! Did you do yours?

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  5. My guess is that yours is the older (read better made) chair. I say that because of the rounded wood vs the flat style. Change the seat, but don't mess with that beautiful wood! (my pet peeve). But I love your bargain hunting! (and planning ahead, I'm never very good at long term plans....)

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  6. The Homegoods version is a lot cheaper than the "actual" new bentwood rocker.

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  7. What an awesome buy! I saw the same damn chair at an antique thrift mall yesterday and I def wasn't $150!! I just found your blog through The Homies in Apartment Therapy. I'm voting for you and clicking the follow button!

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    1. Thank you! And, hi! Welcome to the family!

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