You have to learn so many lessons the hard way. Looking back, it would seem a lot easier to just listen to people. Like the time we bought the black mazda fresh off the lot. Everyone I knew (and strangers alike) told me you DON'T want to mess with keeping a black car clean and you DON'T want to lose thousands of dollars in equity the moment you drive it off the lot. I know how frustrated they must have been when I ignored them because now no one listens to me when I try to pass on the same advice! I often wonder, mostly when dealing with our kids, "Why on earth did I have to go through that if my own kids can't even learn from it!?" Well, (the universe answers) we are all here to learn our own lessons for ourselves. A lot of people tried to talk me out of white carpet when we built the family room 5 years ago. Well, it's basically white. It may as well be white, for all the dirt hiding it does. (That was sarcasm. Funny enough; the colors black and white serve opposite purposes in cars and carpets when it comes to hiding dirt. And the learning continues.) It looks SO PRETTY when no one walks or eats or plays on it. But we pretty much live in that room so I have to call the carpet cleaner once or twice a year. Every time John and I are hauling the behemoth tables out the side door to spend the day on the patio I swear THIS IS THE LAST TIME! We are going to install hardwood or replace this carpet! hmm. Maybe having typed that just now I'll save my breath today. Speaking of these behemoth tables. You know how good the furniture looks when it is in Costco? Maybe it's the prices that make it look so good. A couple years ago we got a coffee table with two drawers, each the size of a deluxe Japanese hotel room. A sofa table and an end table. All for $500. Now, did I question that? Knowing full well the coffee table alone, if it was made of anything close to real wood, would cost at least twice that? No, we don't question it. We buy it. And within 2 months the first whack of a toy on the table reveals that it is really just paper coated pressed board. Board that is pressed with iron I think because I've never tried to lift anything so heavy in my life. And uuuuggggllly?! Oh man, I can just hardly stand to walk in to that room anymore. Those tables look like crap in a box. And now they sit next to brown Costco 'leather' sofas. Yes, dear hubby thought "What a deal!" when he walked in to Costco to pick up a prescription one day; they had a matching couch and love seat AND ALL FOUR ENDS RECLINE! OH. That did it for him. I cannot begin to explain how heavy a couch becomes with all that reclining mechanism built into each side. Somehow he conned a friend into helping him drag these monsters home and I just didn't have the heart to make him take them back so now I refer to our family room as the big brown blob and only go in there out of necessity. And by the way, the leather is pretty much just spray-on. Every time a cat walks by it a scratch shows up. I've hated our living room for a while now, and after reading the description above you probably would, too! But with a big Christmas coming up I have to make it look nice somehow. I've started by painting the tables off-white. Did that yesterday. I hope to have decent pics to share soon. For now I've got to go help John drag the tables outside. While emptying the coffee table drawers I realized that a) I'm a magazine junkie and b) I know what our next Dollar Days offering is!
Most of those Legacy's look new...but I can't make the time to go through them all. Just wanna move 'em out! So leave a comment here, and you can have them all for a dollar plus $4 shipping.