Thursday, July 8, 2010

The one that got away…again…

For those of you that have been reading this blog for awhile you know I have a horrible problem of second guessing items at thrift stores, obsessing about them, sleeping on it, deciding I really want it and returning the next day to only see an empty space where my dream item use to live.


Well I finally decided I need to stick to my guns and trust my instincts. I realized if I didn’t end up using it a client could eventually or I could just sell it.


Yesterday while sourcing items for clients at my favorite thrift store I spotted this beauty:


Swoon a large, velvet, tufted, ORANGE ottoman! Be still my heart it was meant to go in my living room. I made a beeline towards it ready to haul it over to the register.


Yeah well it looks like someone else beat me to the punch.  As I walked over I saw the big red sold tag on it. A mover from the shop told me it had literally been bought 3 minutes ago!!!!!!!


So sad! I went and sat on it for a while just to pretend what it be like to have it in my house and secretly wished that the new owner would come back, see me sitting on it and decide that it was meant to be mine and sell it to me.


Didn’t happen. I checked out the whole thing in the hopes of finding a rip or stain that would make me feel better that it got away from me. Nothing only a tag from Kravet and a $68 price tag!!!!!!!!!


Seriously considering getting a part time job at the shop so I can get first dibs on everything.


:) Jon is already building me a shed out back to feed my vintage furniture addiction.

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Blogger Michelle said...

OMG I would have sat down and cried right then! I would love love LOVE that for our living room.

July 8, 2010 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Rachel @ La Bella Bungalow said...

That would have been such a steal! It's GORGEOUS! Hopefully next time!


July 8, 2010 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy said...

ARE YOU SERIOUS?? That is crazy bad luck!! I don't want to rub it in, but that is the coolest thing I've ever seen a second hand store. At least you know what's potentially out there and that you can visit that store multiple times a week!

July 8, 2010 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Cristin said...

rats! that stinks.

July 8, 2010 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Kelly Green said...

oh my - that is one seriously glorious ottoman! KG

July 8, 2010 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Full House said...

Your husband is SOOOO nice to build you a shed just for your finds,

If you were here I would hand you a tissue for your loss...darn it!

July 8, 2010 at 4:48 PM  
Anonymous ABC Dragoo said...

That is one good looking orange ottoman -- just think -- in the future, if you see something you can't imagine living without and it's within the budget, don't second guess yourself! Trust your gut.

July 8, 2010 at 4:49 PM  
Blogger Laura PARING DOWN said...

Gosh I HEART orange. That was a beautiful find. But you're heading in the right direction by going with your gut and trying to purchase right away instead of leaving it (literally) to someone else.

That's going to pay off for you soon!

:) Laura

July 8, 2010 at 4:53 PM  
Blogger Saara @ GEORGE Interior Design said...

oh my gosh! I'm just sick looking at it on my screen! it was a beaut!

July 8, 2010 at 4:56 PM  
Blogger Hirondelle Rustique said...

Aw bummer! That is an amazing find. I bet you'll end up getting something that works even better in the end though, but that still stinks!

July 8, 2010 at 5:06 PM  
Blogger Jenny at LGN said...

NOOooooOOOO!! I'm so sad for you! I have a 'tufted-ottoman-that-never-was' story too so I totally feel your pain!

July 8, 2010 at 5:14 PM  
Blogger High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Thanks for all understanding and feeling the pain with me.

I was so sad yesterday after I left the store. I missed getting it by 3 mins!!!

Craziness. Jon on the other hand thinks his wife is crazy for being so sad.

Already drafting invitations for the memorial service I'm going to have in it's honor.


July 8, 2010 at 5:16 PM  
Anonymous Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

$68 DOLLARS??? That thing is gorgeous! Darn that other buyer, it should have been yours. Or mine. Or yours. :)

July 8, 2010 at 5:48 PM  
Anonymous Meghan said...

So painful!! My design heart hurts for your loss.

July 8, 2010 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Mackenzie {Design Darling} said...

Oh no! It is beautiful but I'm certain you could recreate the look since you're so crafty. I would love to hear a few of your favorite thrift stores in the tristate area. You always have the best resources! I can't wait to see your vintage furniture shed — what a dream!

July 8, 2010 at 6:32 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

totally feeling your pain!! kravet & $68 don't usually go together in the same sentence. this must mean that there is something even better in store for you in future shopping!

July 8, 2010 at 6:36 PM  
Blogger Kathysue said...

Omgosh, I am crying for you that was an amazing deal. Those things are so hard to let go of. I once did not buy this very old wood box because I could not seem to open it, marked $1.99. As I went to the register another lady was buying it. I told her I could not get it open so I passed it up. She opened it for me and it turned out to be a verrrrrry old smoking box completely lined in nickel!! I died. She was an antique dealer and knew she had just bought a treasure. It took me weeks to let go of that loss, $1.99 and a little more determination to open it and it would be mine. I guess I really still have not let go of it, lol, Kathysue

July 8, 2010 at 8:06 PM  
Blogger Sweet Nothings said...

i just cried

July 8, 2010 at 8:44 PM  
Blogger sara said...

This brings a tear to my eye! Kravet? Orange? Tufted? $68 DOLLARS?!?! Very depressing.

July 8, 2010 at 8:57 PM  
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July 8, 2010 at 9:39 PM  
Blogger Renee ( said...

That's awful!!! I feel your pain girl!

July 8, 2010 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger Pigtown-Design said...

I would have just sat and sobbed my heart out! Bummer!

July 8, 2010 at 11:12 PM  
Blogger LindsB said...

I would have died right there and offered them more money- omg that piece is amazing!!!

July 8, 2010 at 11:16 PM  
Blogger Dayka (Life +Style) said...

lucky, lucky girl (about the shed).

sucks about the ottoman. that thing was baaaaadddd!

July 8, 2010 at 11:51 PM  
Blogger Brand New and Beautiful said...

I would have probably freaked out if I were you! That's such a neat piece...

July 9, 2010 at 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

UGH!! I completely understand, because this used to happen to me all the time on Craigslist. Our luck will turn around, right?

July 9, 2010 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger PS~Erin said...

Oh, I'm aching for you!

July 9, 2010 at 2:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have lost many a treasure to my indecisions! I feel for you. Don't give up, you will find something soon!

July 9, 2010 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Averill said...

That ottoman is FANTASTIC. So bummed you missed out... :(

And yes, maybe a parttime job is in order (or maybe just befriend someone on the inside so you can get a head's up on items before they hit the floor)!

July 9, 2010 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Oh bummer! I had that happen to me once over a mirror at a thrift store. I followed the women who had it in her cart and asked her if she would take a few dollars more for it. I think she thought I was crazy so she gave it to me.

July 9, 2010 at 4:52 PM  
Blogger CECELIA said...

OMG *tears* what a perfect ottoman.

July 10, 2010 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger Bromeliad said...

Wow. I grieve with you.

July 12, 2010 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger Hello Lover... said...

this makes me so sad for you - I know this feeling all too well. I left a gorgeous navy blue wing back chair with nail head trim at homegoods. I returned to buy it and it was gone - enter heartache. sorry about your ottoman - we all have those moments.

July 15, 2010 at 5:46 PM  

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