here are dangers involved in having a mini-van. I used to own a CR-V, but we decided after two kids that the amount of stuff we would need to pack for trips to see family 7 hours away in Atlanta wouldn't all fit. I balked at getting a mini-van, but now that I have Oliver (my Oddyssey), I am completely spoiled and have used that big cave behind the first row of seats for sooooo many things.
What kinds of things, you ask? Well, wouldn't you know I have some pictures to show you (and maybe a little bragging to do).
I saw these little beauties sitting outside a consignment shop about 30 minutes from me. I had gone in there a couple of weeks ago and didn't see anything but "farmhouse chic" as I like to call it. I thought it might be smart to check again. And, lo and behold, there they were, sitting outside waiting for me. They were marked for $75 for the pair, but the shop owner immediately came down to $60. I'm pretty terrible at pushing for a bargain, so I was glad she offered. I love the lines. That shape on the side is so much better than just dowels holding up the second tier, which is all I've seen in the past. And the shape of the legs is pretty groovy too. I'm planning a coat of sophisticated gray paint.
Here is the find I could have never even BEGUN to think about purchasing if I'd still had my dinky CR-V. I have been on Craigslist (we are taking a break now by the way. I need some time to re-evaluate my commitment to our relationship) almost every day looking for deals to help furnish our new home in mid-century style. I spied this in a picture of a warehouse full of furniture billed as a blowout sale of antiques and hotel furniture. I was sure that by the time I got there it would be sold and if it wasn't, it would be too expensive. I don't know what I was expecting, but probably at least $300.
I didn't see it at first, then, suddenly, there it was, next to some headboards up against a wall. I looked at the tag. $160. I was so excited that I thought it was in reach! I decided to contain myself and continue my bargain training. I asked the attendant if he could be flexible with the price. He said he could make a phone call. I told him to ask the owner about $125 and she agreed to $130! yea! It didn't hurt!
Look at the wood color variation on each end of the drawers. Love that. It's pretty badly scratched on the top and especially on one end and I don't think I'm up to refinishing. For now, she's probably going to get a comfortable coat of cool blue-gray paint. Maybe sometime in the future, we can tackle a refinishing
This one I found on Craigslist for $995. I'm sure it's a bit prettier than ours is at the moment, but that just reconfirms to me that I got a great deal!