Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Craig's List Chairs

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"We got our chairs, YEAH! YE - AH! We got our chairs, YEAH! YE - AH!" -sing to the tune of Katrina & the Waves, Walking on Sunshine. Picture Baby Girlie and I singing and dancing, well, wiggling. Add in a couple of fist bumps and a high five or two.

Dontcha just love the hotel drapes & carpet combo? via Craig's List
At our house, just about anything is likely to be the lyrics of our newest song.  This time, Craig's list helped us find two new chairs.  A local hotel was redecorating. They listed 40 barrel chairs with dark blue upholstery, wait for it... $20 a piece!!!!

"Hotel living room chairs. Used. Most are in very good condition. Stop by the Quality Inn & Suites on Scenic Hwy and pick them up. We have 40. They can be sold to one person all together or individually. We're here 24hrs a day. No delivery. First come, first serve. We will remove this post once they are all gone. Please, no phone calls."

It was not a new listing the first time I saw it. I was so excited, especially about that "open 24 hours" part.  Hunky Husband was not thrilled with the idea of me going across town at 1am, prolly in my pajamas. He was even less jazzed about my suggestion that he should go instead.

The next day, I set out with Baby Girlie on our grand cheap-chair-getting adventure.  The only problem, I  locked my house key and purse inside the house. So,  our adventure turned into a trip to Hunky Husband's Home Depot store to get a new key made.

The next day my parents were flying in for a visit.  Perfect. The hotel is right behind the airport, we could easily go pick up our chairs before we run by to pick up MeMe & Big Daddy.

What had happened was...

That night HH was away from home, Big Girlies had trouble going to bed and Baby Girlie woke up with an earache.  After chatting with the on-call doctor at 2am, she took some more children's advil and I held the warm rag over the achy ear.   Needless to say, there was not much sleep under my belt when the alarm went off at 6:20am to get the Big Girlies ready for the bus stop.
picture this in white cotton duck fabric and matched cording. jcaroline home! via Pinterest

After they left for school, I shut my eyes, just for a minute. When the phone rang, at noon, I don't know who was more shocked, sleeping Mommy, sleeping Baby Girlie or my parents at baggage claim. So, I didn't make it to the hotel that day either.

We had a wonderful week visiting with my parents.  We went shopping, antiqueing, beaching, eating and playing. upholstery charts via Pinterest
By the time we took them back to the airport, the Craig's List ad was nearly a month old. I was pretty sure they would be out of the chairs, but we had to give it a try. The barrel shape would be clean and modern. They would be easy to slip cover (knock wood). I could use them in my house for now and staged houses later.  Hotel furniture has to be pretty sturdy, surely theses would hold up well for a long time.

I kept my fingers crossed all the way. We started the song with the nervous verse, "Please let them have 2 chairs for us, please let them have 2 chairs for us."

Blessed and lucky, they did have 2 left for us. Now I'll check this pin to see how much white duck fabric I'll need to make the slip covers. In the meantime, I don't hate the blue.

The chairs are sturdy but very light weight -- I have a feeling I'll be toting them around quite a bit.  BEST $20 I'VE SPENT IN A LONG TIME.  I hope you are finding some great things on Craig's List. As yard sale season heats up, keep an eye out for great deals that can help make your place a little more visit ready.

just bec

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  1. ooh how fun

    i do enjoy
    a good craigslist deal

    and it looks like
    you got a humdinger!

    can't wait to see
    what you do with them

    stopping by
    from Thrifty Thursdays!


  2. those chairs are going to be super cute when you are through with them. hope your lil one is feeling better now. i'm happy to be your newest member. found you through the welcome wednesday blog hop

  3. Great chairs and I would love to see the final result. I am visiting you via the linky party at Somewhat Simple. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas.

  4. How fun!!! They are going to be so cute when you are done with them! Can't wait to see them! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Thursday's Temptation.