I am super duper excited. I’ve been working on my patience with wanting to buy furniture for the house, and I think its beginning to pay off.
I have a love for Pottery Barn’s style (although I will say that their customer service is still lacking in my opinion until proven otherwise). As Ryan would put it, I have a love for overpriced furniture.
After my impulse purchase of an oversized circular swivel sofa that I saw online sight unseen (which turned out to be green instead of taupe), Ryan and I agreed that it would be best if (a) we saw the furniture piece in person and (b) that we sleep on any future furniture purchases.
My husband also thinks that I’m impractical. As the great wife I am, I did ask for his opinion on what he looked for in a stool. He said it had to swivel. I listened….I never promised! My mindset was more after how it would look in our great room, not if he could “swivel” around to watch the football game!
After searching Houzz.com for ideas, wicker stools have caught my attention. This was my inspiration:
Here were the stools themselves straight from Pottery Barn:
Then, I saw this picture, which I also loved. They were Z Gallerie’s Hyacinth Stools. Before buying them, I went into the store to check them out. I was slightly disappointed because they were pretty shoddy in person (I guess that’s what I should have expected at $99 a piece).
Below was another similar stool made by Target . I wasn’t too in love with the “tail” of the stool:
After doing my due diligence in researching other options in terms of design, I had put it in my mind that the PB stool’s look were the “one”. Just like my experience in looking at the price of their couch, I about fainted when I saw the price of the stools. These suckers were $299…wait for it … EACH! And in that moment was when I started a “house furnishings” fund. I put it out of my mind that I would be waiting a while for these stools.
Three months later, I randomly decided to check on Craigslist for stools….and found some perfect ones!! No, they weren’t the Pottery Barn ones, but they were VERY similar…and I might add a little bit more interesting!
After haggling them down from $60 to $50 each, Ryan and I packed up the girls to pick them up. We were crossing our fingers that they weren’t wobbly and were in good condition. Turned out they were in excellent condition!!! And there you have it … this momma getting the look she wanted at a fraction of the price.
What do you think? What was the best Craigslist find you ever got?