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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Moving Heaven and Earth

You purchase one tiny, hardly noticeable thing and, in fitting it properly in to your home, everything must shift. And by everything, I mean E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. You see, I buy one minuscule item and we had to move the armoire, the table, the rocker, the rug, the powder room, the front porch, the Heavens and Earth....okay. Those last 4 things were a slight exaggeration but only slight. Just to get it inside was an Olympic feat worthy of several Gold medals. Mom, Grace and I stopped by a local consignment shop and I spotted this cabinet straight away. It was just perfect, just the thing for my British Royal collectibles, just the right size for the corner, just the right finish and just sold. Yup, someone beat me to it. Still, I left my telephone number with the shopkeeper, just in case. They called the next morning. The buyer discovered the cabinet would not fit in her vehicle and had no other means of transport. Did I wish to buy it? Did I ever! It was a fraction of what it would cost new and, even as Math challenged as I am, I knew what a deal this piece was. I was fairly sure it would fit in the van and fit it did. Then, all we had to do was move everything in it's path out of the way, re-arrange the entire living room and swap out all the pictures, re-edit the tablescapes and voila! Did I need it? Nope. Did my teensy (I like to say COZY) living room really have room for another piece? Nope. Did I have to have it? Uh huh. Hey! It was a steal! Really! I keep wondering if the local police will discover my devious crime. I feel guilty. Okay, so not TOO guilty. I paid the price the shop asked. Everyone is happy. Life is good.

32 comments:

Grace said...

It's perfect!! I'd say it was worth all the moving. Very great find and the collection looks lovely in it.

Cassandra said...

Beautiful~ I can't wait until we are into a new house so I can really decorate - your house gives me so much inspiration!

SusieQ said...

I believe I would have been willing to move heaven and earth to get that beauty properly situated in my own home.

You have nice things.

Sugar Bear said...

What a great piece! I love the British Royal collectibles - I love all things royal! You must post some photos of your collection pretty please?!
Karla

Rosemary said...

It's beautiful!
I know what you mean. I do it all of the time. One things snowballs everything else.
Rosemary

Jolene George said...

Oh how I love this piece...and you HAD to get it...especially since it was such an awesome deal. It didn't fit in the other womans car because it was meant to be yours! :o)

Andi said...

I agree with Jolene...this piece was to have a home with you! It looks beautiful!

Terri said...

I would say that anything that pretty that makes you that happy is a "must have"! Good for you!
God bless.
Terri

Dawn Bibbs said...

What a pretty piece! It looks like it was meant for THAT spot!

Good job!

Valerie said...

see?! it was meant to be with you!

it is beautiful...i'd love to live closer to hang out and check out all your plates!

PAT said...

It fits exactly, perfectly right, in that corner of your room. Great place for your British Royal pieces! Beautiful cabinet!

Pat

Sheila said...

It looks well worth the trouble it caused. I like that it's illuminated too. Makes the corner even cosier.
xx

LisaOceandreamer said...

Looks perfect to me....it was truly meant to be yours since it became available AND fit in your vehicle AND if fit in your home AND it looks just right with your collection in it!
Way to go Sue!!
XOXOXO

Pamela said...

that is just toooo coool.

(todays hint. If you take your glasses off when you come into the room you will never have to dust)

PEA said...

Oh Sue, it truly is a gorgeous cabinet and I love the way it displays your china!! Alas, it just didn't fit in my truck...wait...I don't have a truck...wait...I never bought a cabinet like that...hehe! Whew, it wasn't me!!! xox

Cherry Menlove said...

Oh Sue, my darling, it's wonderful. The picture of the room makes me want to crawl right inside of it and hang out with you and Grace. What a wonderful afternoon that would be.
Well done!

Cherry xxxx

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

Definately worth all the upheaval!! In fact the more the upheaval, the more I like a piece weirdly enough!!

carolyn said...

Looks wonderful and it was so obviously meant to be yours.

Paula said...

It looks fantastic! Sometimes our female intuition is the best!!
Paula

Gretchen said...

I always say it's a sin to leave something that is practically FREE. :) Looks scrumptious, my friend.

I went and found some practically free items myself at the Nordstrom Rack yesterday. Just doing my part.

jafabrit said...

What, YOU HAD to buy it, it is fantastic and shows off all your collectibles. What a delight to see. I agree, would love to see pics of some of the collection :)

Cindy @ My Romantic Home said...

Oh my gosh...that is beautiful! It sounds like it was meant to be yours! You were so smart to leave your name...that's how I got my free headboard too. Someone else wanted it and then backed out.

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

A gorgeous piece. It looks wonderful displaying your pieces. Well worth it!

Rose Mary said...

That is a very pretty cabinet and looks perfect in your living room! I'm so happy for you~it's always fun to find that 'perfect' piece!

Jen said...

very nice!!

hey did your envelope ever arrive?

Sheila said...

Isn't that amazing that it was sold, but you left your phone number just in case? See, it was meant to be. It was meant to be yours, and it looks perfect in your living room. I LOVE all of your British Royal collectibles!

Betty Jo said...

Of course you had to have it! Even though it took a little work to move everything, it's just perfect. And the fact the other buyer couldn't transport it was a direct sign that it belonged to you. xoxo

Chris said...

I cracked up reading this post because whenever I buy something new I go through the same thing! My husband has a flat spot on his forehead he says because everytime I ask him to help me move a couple things, which turns into 20 things, he says not again and hits his forehead with his palm in exasperation. He just doesn't get the whole rearrangeing thing.

FrenchGardenHouse said...

ah, see how PERFECT that is there!! All that work was worth it...I love your new cabinet, just look at that door, simply divine.

Also, this just proves once again to ask, and leave your number "just in case" good girl.
Lidy

Carolyn said...

LOL,that is one beautiful "miniscule" cabinet! Gold medals all around to you all for even getting it inside, let alone rearranging your living room! You may be math challenged, LOL, but to get this at a fraction of the cost is incredible. Way to go! That was sommmmme consignment shop. And I was riveted to your fun story. Who knows what today might bring! Can't wait to hear about it. :-)

wendy said...

Wow, it's a beautiful piece of furniture, it looks like it was made for spot!

Allison said...

You're right, it is perfect for that corner!! And when you have the perfect place for something, there's no fighting it - don't bother trying. And that fact that you got it for a song is the cherry on top!!

allie
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