In case you were wondering...

In case you were wondering...

This blog exists to encourage all those who have ever wanted--and needed!--a tiny getaway close to home. A workshop, playhouse, garden shed, sanctuary, mini-greenhouse, studio, home office; whatever it is you need, it IS doable, with some sacrifice, imagination, and compromise.

It helps if you're handy, too.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Well, OUCH.

I was finally going to allow myself to get the little secondhand rug I've been visiting for almost 3's got that antique William Morris/Renaissance feel I love, subtle colors, a nature theme...lots of the soft greens I already have in the shed...I took these photos in December of 2010, so you can see how long I've been drooling over this thing!

It was $85 when I asked about it 2+ years ago, but I was feeling kind of snug...I decided to wait.

Today I decided I'd been working hard, the class was going well, and that was going to be my reward--if it was still there in the Olde Towne Mall.

It WAS...but it was owned by another dealer and they had to call to confirm the price.

I just called to find out.  $250.00 ?!?!?!

So no.  Not for a rug in a shed.

What was up with THAT??  Besides the price, I mean.

Fine, I'll just look at the photos I took 2 years ago and enjoy the rug I have.  The poor mall owner was really apologetic; she knew I wouldn't fib about it. Not her fault!

You know what they always say...if you see something you love in an antiques mall, get it THEN.  When it cost a quarter of what the owner wants now.

OK, I'll quit pouting now...


  1. Oh yes I have come to that sorry conclusion.. and I am definitely not a spender.. usually if i cannot make it myself I do without ... but sometimes... I see something that I know would make my life happier on a daily basis and i know I would regret not getting it so I turn around, get it and take it home. doesn't happen often but when it does I have no regretts. only thing it takes a few missing-out experiences to remind me of this.. All the best, next time you see that special object that connects so deeply..
    I love anything William Morris too.

    1. My sweetie didn't like it nearly as much as I did, so that was part of my hesitation...not his fault! And it's Just Stuff, as I often tell myself. Beautiful stuff, but stuff. In this case, I could justify $85 (eventually!), but not $250.00 for a little shed.

  2. When I see things I want but are priced out of my "comfort zone" I make an offer on them that I AM comfortable with. Since you know the rug has been sitting in there for years and hasn't sold make them an offer you can live with. The worst outcome is they say no...

    1. Unfortunately the $85 I'd been quoted a couple of years ago WAS the most I was comfortable with! The mall owner mentioned that to the person who owned the rug and she said no, $250. So she gets to keep her rug. Perhaps if the mall owner had been the rug owner we could have worked something out, and yep, I HAVE done what you suggest.



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