2.25.2013

We Accidentally Bought a Dining Table- Again!

I'm nothing if not an opportunistic shopper. I like to go to thrift stores just for fun to see if they have any treasure. Usually if I'm actually looking for something like I was this weekend– a filing cabinet– I can't find it. Does this happen to anyone else?

Anyway, this weekend we decided to check out a street in a nearby suburb that has six thrift stores. I figured it would be the Park Avenue of thrifting, but I was wrong. The stores weren't great, and hardly any of them had furniture at all. Most were filled to the brim with clothes, which doesn't do me any good since I like to look for home stuff at the thrift store.

Discouraged, I decided to swing by my tried-and-true thrift store, CCA Resale, who always has a big furniture section. And an hour later, I walked out with a filing cabinet new dining table. How does this stuff happen?!

Well, let's see. Right when I walked in, they told me they were offering 40% off one item in the store because they were celebrating their 40th anniversary. That piqued my interest right away, of course.

The front of the store was filled with what seemed to be brand new dining tables. Turns out that this thrift store gets a weekly delivery from Haverty's, who likes to donate their floor models. I was specifically drawn to these two because they were done in my favorite finish– driftwood.

Lakewood Leg Table from Haverty's

Lakeview Gathering Table from Haverty's

Each table is still sold at Haverty's right now for $900. Here they are, calling my name:


As much as I love a bar height table, our current dining chairs are regular height, so I was interested in the lower, rectangular table. I looked at it closely and couldn't find any damage. (Yay!) Then I googled the product name on my phone so I could see how much it was selling for. You've got to do your research, right?

The thrift store price was half off normal price, so $450. When you added the 40% off coupon to the equation, the price came down to $270. That equates to 70% off the regular $900 price. Not too shabby!

The husband was waiting outside in the car, so I told him to park the car and come in so we could look at the table together. If you've been following this blog for awhile, you know that we bought a new dining table just over a year ago at the Pottery Barn outlet. It was an awesome bargain and a really nice table, and I've enjoyed it ever since. I didn't know I needed a new table until I saw this one that I liked more. That happens to me a lot. Haha!

We decided we could probably sell our current table on Craigslist, so it wasn't really a risk to buy a new table. I felt like the driftwood table was more "me" than our Pottery Barn table, probably because I love that grey finish so much. Plus I knew it would coordinate really nicely with our driftwood dining chairs from World Market.

The husband was easily convinced because he knows I'm always right. Ha! I wish. But he liked the price and thought the table was solid and well-made, so he agreed to the purchase.

We got the table home, and it made itself right at home.






What do you think? Do you like it better than our Pottery Barn table? I'm happy to report that I sold that Pottery Barn table on Craigslist immediately and it found a very happy home. Everybody wins!

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