A tale of two tables, part one: Driving a hard(wood) bargain

I’ve always been very uh… thrifty (it sounds slightly better than “cheap”).  However, in the dark days before Craigslist (otherwise known as the BCL era), a girl didn’t have a lot of options.  Or maybe you know all about Craigslist, but you don’t want to risk driving 45 minutes to find out the seller already sold the item you were trying to buy.  It’s happened to us all.

So when it came time to buy a dining set, I was determined to get a great set I’d be happy with that wouldn’t break the bank.  So, I did what any reasonable person would do – I went to a furniture store.  I was immediately struck with two thoughts. One, good Lord, 99% of this furniture is hideous. Two, WHY is this hideous furniture so expensive?? Thinking it might just be that one store, I went to another store. And another. And several more after that.  It didn’t help.  I was annoyed with the mostly ugly, mostly ridiculously overpriced furniture.

Ooh, I'll take the one with the floral dust ruffle.

Ooh, I’ll take the one with the floral dust ruffle.

But I did notice something interesting: many stores were Continue reading