Sometimes you just happen to be in the right place at the right time.
I went to Sams Club yesterday morning to do some grocery shopping. It was a pretty nice day. Nice enough that I had visions of Springtime dancing in my head. Sams played into this nicely as they have already started to put out the patio furniture (which I sat on) the garden hoses (which I eyeballed) and the big rolls of 250 ft Preen Landscape fabric (which I bought 2 of).
I also bought a 10'x10' outdoor rug that SM and I had been looking at.
Loaded up with these goodies I got back on the road when I noticed signs plastered all over the Pier One store announcing that they were closing their location and that everything was on sale from 30% to 50% off.
I like Pier One stuff so I swung in. They had just opened so there was only a couple of us in there shopping. My goal turned to the back porch. Pier One has quality cushions for outdoor furniture but they're pretty expensive. I also spotted a small wooden table that I thought might work for an outdoor eating area.
I started to get excited but I didn't want to buy anything without thinking about it first. Decorating and designing the back porch living area hadn't been on my radar yet. Heck. It's still technically Winter!
So I drove back home and unloaded and put the groceries away. Then I went out and laid the rug that I'd bought and started moving the swing around and the Ikea chair that I'd bought on a whim last year. I tossed the old cushions off the swing to be used elsewhere and stood back.
I grabbed the Ikea footstool cushion and headed back to Pier One. By this time the place was packed. I wasn't sure I'd be able to buy the cushions and the table that I felt pretty sure I wanted. But they were still there and the cushion color matched well with the Ikea cushion.
I got home, laid everything out and had just snapped these pictures when SM walked in.
"Come and see!" I dragged him to the back porch.
"Wow!" SM said sitting on the swing admiring the thick cushions as I told him I'd gotten 50% off and apologizing for not involving him in the decision.
"You did the right thing. You've got to take advantage when the moment strikes. Is there anything else we need? Did they have anything else you think we could use?"
"Well, yes...But then we're getting into things for the house. Stuff we need versus stuff we want. You've got a really good eye for things like that and I didn't want to make those kind of decisions with out you. Did you want to go over today?" I questioned him. He had just gotten home from a long drive and was sick with a cold.
"I feel OK." He said, but I kaiboshed the idea. "Maybe tomorrow." I told him. "Relax for now."
So maybe we'll head back over today to see what's left. I'm not sure they'll be much worth getting but you never know.