Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My Kind of FUN!!

You guys know I love a good bargain! And you know that I'm the coupon queen! Well, I also love decorating and I especially think it's fun to go visit model homes. I've visited most of the model homes in our area at least two times and I'm even such a dork that I take my camera with me to capture all the creative decorating ideas I see! So when I found out that one of my favorite model homes was having a furniture liquidation I was beside myself with excitement. I didn't really know how it would work and I had no idea if the deals would be good or not, but I went anyway. Ryan gave me a budget ahead of time and we talked about the things we actually needed (like a dining room table, dresser for Christian, etc.) and I went without much expectation and without much of a plan.
For those of you who's how it worked. It was cash and carry, so they had prices listed on stuff and you would either pick up the item you wanted and carry it around with you or you would sit on the item or keep your hand on it until a sales agent would come and mark the item as yours. When I arrived at the model home there was a line and they let 10 people in at a time. You got 20 minutes to shop and then the next 10 people got to come in. It was crazy. People running around yelling "mine." Ahhh...I loved it! So fun! It's kind-of crazy to actually be allowed to act that selfish in public, but it was "who ever gets it first wins." So about 15 minutes into my turn I called Ryan and told him to bring the other car...he got a little worried. Then I called him back and told him to call one of our friends to bring a truck. Then he was really worried.
The deal were awesome! I wish I had been more prepared! But here's some of what I got.
Love it! Love it! Dresser with a mirror for my bedroom. I've never had a bedroom set before :) It just has not been one of our priorities...I mean who ever sees my bedroom anyway.

Okay, try not to be jealous of my room. I know, those are in fact my old living room curtains in my bedroom that don't match the bedding and they're even hung on 97cent white metal curtain rods from Walmart. And what you can't see is that there are 3 windows in the room and curtains at only two of them, but you can't see that...right? And don't look at the frumpy bed....LOOK at the black four poster bed!! This picture doesn't do it justice. I'll have to show it to you again when it's in my new house and there aren't unpacked boxes in the corner of the room. Anyway...I LOVE IT!
Alright... I hope nobody thinks it's tacky that I tell you how much I paid for this but here goes! It was $99.00 Now that might now seem like a great deal to you until I tell you that it's from the Pottery Barn Teen line and I looked it up online and that thing originally cost $1,100.00 WooHoo! What a deal! Won't that be cute (when it's not in my kitchen...apparently those metal drawers are really heavy and Ryan refused to carry it up 30 steps to Christian's room) in Christian's sports themed bedroom one day. My only regret is that I didn't buy the bed or the side tables. They were selling the side tables for $45 each and they cost $350 new. Ugh...why didn't I buy them. Oh well!

Aren't these apothecary jars the best! Can't you just picture them filled with Christmas ornaments at Christmas time and acorns in the fall and eggs at many possibilities!

Pottery Barn Teen trash can for $5

Leather tote for $5

Isn't that a cute accessory for McKenna's room!
What I didn't take pictures of is the brand new full Serta mattress set I got for $69 and the brand new twin mattress I got for $35! Now we have McKenna's big girl bed all ready for her, whenever she's ready!
So the bottom line is...if you ever hear of a model home furniture liquidation - GO! And get there early! And bring cash! It's so much fun! I didn't get a dining room table (it was too expensive) but I was blessed to find some other great deals and most importantly I've been blessed with a husband who loves to spoil me and who doesn't seem to mind when I buy more furniture to pack into our already way too small house :)


the*4*of*us said...

Awesome deals!!!!!!

Katy said...

what a GREAT successful day of shopping..and no coupons invovled? I can't believe it! Your bedroom stuff is gorgeous - totally jealous - and i love the stuff for christian's room too -the locker theme is adorable!!! what a HUGE success! :)

Heidi said...

How did you hear about this? I love the dressers and became TOTALLY jealous when I saw the prices for the mattresses. :) We are still sleeping on Adam's mattress from college.

Aggiema (Michelle) said...

Wow! I bow to the QUEEN of Bargains! You got some great stuff, and saved a bundle. I know that Ryan is super proud of you!

Heather said...

Great deals! I've heard of those sales but have never seen one.

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