I am one of the biggest fans of online classifieds and thrift stores and as-is sections. You know this. Chris knows this. We ALL know this. I love getting the best deal possible and I feel like I can give these maybe otherwise worn out things, a new life and purpose with a little Jules tlc.
We I (Chris is so supportive driving me everywhere) have been on the scout out for two ottomans for our living room. Smaller, round or cubes, preferrably with storage so we can stuff Greta’s toys in there at the last minute when company is coming over. I fell in love with this one from Target:
How could I not. And it was on sale. For $255. Wah waahhhhhh–I didn’t know they sold stuff that expensive, right? So, it was absolutely out of the question. That’s when I started hunting for other solutions. I didn’t want to spend more than $50, and if they were small–I would need two. Also, I wanted it to look like the one above. I hunted Ross, Hobby Lobby, and then my go-to classifieds for something I could reupholster with a similar sunny yellow and white fabric. After many hours, I found my treasure on KSL (the Craigslist of Utah).
Score! Two for $30!? Yes, please. Do they need a new life? Oh yeah. It all got too perfect when Chris mentioned he needed to go to Salt Lake for business this morning. Greta and I tagged along for the two-hour round trip because I needed to make sure for myself that they would work (and I knew it would mean lunch-date with my Chris-baby). They were pretty beat up, but I knew I was going to reupholster them so I smiled and handed over the cash and packed up our new ottomans in the car. Before we left, the guy told me he was currently unemployed and thanked me for buying them. So besides getting the best deal and the freedom to upcycle and repurpose things, buying from others means helping others. Why hadn’t I thought of that perk? Maybe I am just ignorant, but it made me feel really good today.
Now I just need to find the perfect fabric and learn how to reupholster. Details on how it gets done when I figure that out. For now, someone is enjoying them in their current state.