We had some people move into a rental a few doors down about 3 months ago. She works in the field of chemotherapy as a doctor. She couldn't find a job here so they packed up and moved to Texas.
Hidden Springs had our annual yard sale a few weeks ago so I wandered over to see what the neighbors might have. I came to find out that they evidently shopped at Pottery Barn - a lot. They had a beautiful sisal rug that was 8 x 10 that I really wanted for our living room. I talked to them on Friday night and they wanted $150 for it (looked it up on the website and new it sold for $300 - on sale). So, I waited. Near the end of the day on Saturday, I went back over and the price was down to $100. I offered them $60 and they took it! I love how it looks in the living room.
Yesterday as I was heading to work at 7am, I noticed that they had left several pieces of furniture behind and the realtor taking care of the place had put them out on the driveway for the Arc to come and get. NOOOOOOO! One item was a rocker that I had sat in and tried out during the yard sale. It was incredibly comfortable but I didn't feel like I needed to spend any more money. When I saw they had left it behind I was thrilled. So, I called the realtor and asked if I could have it and naturally he told me I could take whatever I wanted, but I'd better hurry because the Arc was coming that day. As soon as another waitress got to work, I told her I needed to run home. I bolted out the door hoping that the Arc hadn't already come and picked up my treasures. As I drove up, there he was, loading my items into his truck!
ACK! I told him the items I wanted and he graciously helped me unload them and put them back on the driveway. When Ival got home, we walked over and packed it all home. What a score! As we carried the rocker home, I noticed the tag said "Pottery Barn Kids" so I Googled to see what kind of rocker I have. As it turns out, it's a Lullaby Rocker that sells for $600 new. It's in perfect shape although I'm not fond of the denim blue colored slipcover.
But I love this cream-colored one. But, they don't make the slipcovers anymore.
They also had a bench with a rattan seat (in perfect condition) and the tag says "Ballard Designs." I looked it up and they don't have the exact one on their website, but something similar sells for $569. Who would spend that kind of money for a bench???? But free? I'll take it - and paint it white. I'll put it on our wraparound porch at Jacob Springs.
Last but not least, I got these too. An outdoor coffee table and side table. The coffee table is the only thing damaged, it has a small piece of wood out of one of the planks, but I'll paint this too and use it on the porch with the little matching side table.
SCORE! How I love to find a bargain - especially when it's free. I'm not, and never have been a label shopper. I'm much too cheap. But, if it's free from the wealthy neighbors, I'm certainly not above scrounging. So, $1,500 worth of stuff for a mere $60 - which I paid for the rug. Now if we just had a home at Jacob Springs...