On couch shopping

Saturday, January 14, 2012

We got up early this morning, had our traditional Saturday morning asiago cheese bagel and hit the furniture stores in search of a couch. I knew exactly what we (I) wanted, so I didn't think finding "the one" would be too difficult. Right?

Wrong. Oh so wrong.

Naive but excited, we waltzed into our first store. I'd never heard of Louis Shank's Furniture, but the large SALE sign was good enough for us. No one really asked us if we needed help once inside... So we began to meander the store on our own.

The first couch we saw was a Victorian-esque sectional. It was marked for the low low price of $25,000. Grahm's eyeballs almost popped out of his face when he saw the tag. Excuse me, what's with all those zeroes? That's worth more than both of our cars combined! I don't consider myself a cheap skate, but c'mon that's ridiculous.

Obviously we were in the wrong place. We stood out like a sore thumb in our sweats and tennis shoes. We then understood why no one had asked if we needed help... needless to say, I've never felt so redneck in my life. It was hilarious. I made sure Grahm knew not to touch anythinggggg! Just for kicks, we decided to look around some more. The least we could do was drool over the furniture that the buns of the rich and famous get to sit on.


We found this little jewel. A little dog bed. (We probably couldn't even afford that.) Please notice what the ORIGINAL price was before this "awesome" sale. That bed had better been lined with gold and diamonds for that chuck of change. I can get the same thing at Wal-mart for 20 bucks, people. And really, is your dog actually gonna sleep there? Doubtful.

We made a lot of stops. And I was starting to become a negative Nancy.
So many people told us how trendy we were for wanting a gray contemporary couch. "Oh that's so in right now!" Oh okay, then why don't you have it? I'm also convinced that most furniture salesmen are colorblind. "Here's one of our best gray couches." Umm no, that's brown. Or blue. Or green.

Grahm and I were also suffering from opposing tastes.
He loves leather. I can't stand it. I mean, hello? We now live in San Antonio -- aka Sweat City. I don't need my thunder thighs sticking to my couch every time I wanna hunker down and watch the Bachelor. I had to keep reminding him that we are decorating our home as a family, not his ideal man cave.

"Babe, look how good I look on leather. I mean, c'mon."
I was positive we were never going to find anything, or that I needed to start rethinking what color we (I) wanted. But the last place we found had the perfect one! The long end piece is called a chase. We hate it, so we ordered a regular cushion to put in it's place. And of course, I'll be changing out the pillows.


I was so happy with our purchase. Grahm was more excited about how he talked to the sales rep. "Did you pick up on my incredible negotiation skills, babe? Extra cushion fo' free and they went down on the price. Bam! You're welcome."

Couch will be here 8-14 days which is a total drag, but at least it's the one we want! Hooray for first big purchase as a married couple. Now to get the coffee table, end tables, fabric for curtains, etc. etc.

The in-laws got us these awesome cupcakes that we ate in celebration of our new couch... thus explaining my double-chin action going on.

19 comments:

Kim said...

Omg looking for a couch is crazy been there girl and containment shops are not cheap! Glad y'all found one!! Looks great!!!

The Greers said...

I love it!!! I have been into gray lately too-hoping to paint some walls in our house gray! So excited for you two and love reading your blog!

Alana Christine said...

So glad you found the perfect couch! I love it!
And btw, I HATE leather for that exact reason! I have thunder thighs, too, and they do not agree with leather seats (including car seats).

Breanna said...

holy talido that couch was expensive, but i've been in many of places like that where you think who would actually pay that much for this item! Glad y'all found the couch you've, I mean yall, have been wanting:) I absolutely love the color!

Chelsea L said...

Ooo fun! A couch is our next big purchase too :) I can't wait. I love the one you chose. And OMG about the dog bed LOL.

Basil. said...

ahh I love the couch you ended up going with.
But I mean helloooooo why in the world did you pass up that dog bed? Dog beds being used as couches are all the rage right now.

get with it, girl.

Kaitlyn said...

Love that couch! We purchased a couch this week too. I love the gray, there was a gray one I really wanted, but alas, our living room is really bizarrely shaped so we were pretty much forced to get a sectional to my dismay. Great purchase and taste!

Blayne Royse said...

Glad you finally found your couch!! Something soft to rest your bunz.

Miranda Hardy said...

So glad you found the one you wanted. It pays to shop around and not settle.

Bea Beautiful said...

I HATE furniture shopping...it's always so stressful. Great choice!

Vapid Vixen said...

It took forever for me to find the couch and loveseat I wanted. I love the look of leather but yeah, it's the worst to actually sit on, especially in the summer. I got one that had a leather frame but the body and cushions were soft comfy microfiber. Glad you finally found want you were looking for. Decorating is always fun!

Kaity said...

The hubby-to-be and I went furniture shopping for dressers and coffee tables today. I don't know why, but furniture shopping is so exciting! I guess it's kind of a tangible manifestation of building your life together that makes me all ooey gooey inside :)

marie said...

Glad you found what you were looking for. When you have something specific in mind you think it will be a breeze to find and that is not always the case. Not sure if you are Costco members but you can never go wrong with their prices and return policy. They sell everything!!!

Pat Hatt said...

A dog bed that is that much? Holy crap, what's it made of gold?..haha

Nagehan said...

I like the blue! What color are you going to choose for the pillow covers? Any color theme in mind?

aliciamarie911 said...

First off, congratulations on your marriage. My husband and I celebrated 2 years on September 19. :) It seems like yesterday we just got married. I'll never understand how fast time flies.

Every piece of furniture in our house was given to us. We've paid nothing for our couch, recliner, entertainment center. We lucked out, I suppose, but I do wish we had the money to buy something NEW for once!

I love the grey! It is cute! Oh, and holy wow, who in their right mind would pay THAT much for a flippin' dog bed?! Sure as heck not me!

Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex" said...

During college I worked in a furniture store with super-expensive furniture! I worked in the back office and I'll never forget watching a man write a $60,000 check for a couch, love seat and chair. I still think he was nuts to spend so much on furniture!
Anyhow, your final choice looks wonderful! Can't wait to see it once you have it in your living room! :)

Amy said...

Just came across your blog and I can't quit reading!! :) LOVE the couch... I'm obsessed with grey & this is just perfection! Can't wait to have my own home to decorate!

BF said...

I love our pups, but that much for a bed... ? Definitely not!