Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Six Down, Two To Go

Some things are just meant to be.

After Andrew and I scored the table we were lusting over for a ridiculously low price at the Wrentham Outlets, we were having problems finding the right dining room chairs. We didn't like any of the ones we saw at the Restoration Hardware outlet, plus, they ranged in price from around $200 to $500 each. Which could make one chair cost as much or more as our table.

After keeping an eye out in furniture stores, Andrew spotted this chair in Marshalls of all places.
A genuine leather Parson chair for a VERY reasonable price.

The only problem was that the Marshalls we were in only had two in the color we liked. And they couldn't locate the chair in their other stores via computer system; we were told the only way to find it was to individually call other stores and ask them if they had them. Andrew used his iPhone to call 8 - 10 stores while we stood in the store but could only locate one more in Hingham, even after expanding his calls to include Home Goods stores (Marshalls, TJ Maxx and Home Goods are all owned by the same parent company).  So despite my urging to just go for it and buy the three on the hopes we could locate five more, we walked away from the chairs. This was on a Sunday.

Come Wednesday, I was returning home from a business trip and was promised via text message that Andrew hoped he had a surprise for me. When I walked into the house, I saw SIX of the chairs in our dining room. Andrew had apparently called THIRTY stores earlier in the day, and after expanding his reach to include TJ Maxx, had hit the jackpot. He found four of the chairs at a TJ Maxx and returned to the Hingham Marshalls to get the first two chairs we had found. At this point, the one in Marshfield had already been sold.

All that's left for us now is to locate another two chairs or find a similar style "arm chair" to use at the head of the tabe. But it definitely feels good to have gotten such a great deal on chairs that we love. Even looking online at retailers like Overstock.com, they were selling faux leather chairs for much more than we got these chairs for. It's finds like these that totally make it worthwhile to take our time furnishing the house, rather than rushing to buy things simply to fill the empty spaces in our house.

UPDATE: As of tonight, we have the last two chairs! I happened to walk into a Waltham TJ Maxx during lunch and found the last two waiting for me. After fitting them into my trunk and my backseat, I have to state that I can't believe Andrew was able to fit six into his car at one time.

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