Thursday, October 22, 2009

Lovin' Lexington

Last Saturday, the bitter nasty day it was, proved fun regardless of the cold weather. We headed to Lexington to watch my friend compete in an Event. She and her 'young' horse did well and ribboned the next day ending in the top five of her class. Her 'pony' was awesome doing especially well during the stadium jumping phase pulling no rails! Good horse! Cross country would be the following day but due to the distance, I would not be driving back down. Or so I thought....
After the show, we stopped at one of my favorite retailers, which sells awesome furniture and gifts. Surprise! There was a large sign revealing a floor sale....perfect! Now for some history...for three years, I have been in love with this gorgeous walnut secretary that has antiqued mirroring on the front doors giving it a light refreshing appeal. Back then it was priced....uhhh, not going to tell you...any way, I asked for a discount, they offered 10% but the good husband said no...okay, two years ago, I am still watching it and can you believe they jacked the price up $500! I even brought the good husband in to look at it...he still said 'no' even though I thought I might be able to get it at the original price. Then, get this, last year it was increased even more! What? We are in a recession! Hellloo! Lexington, you are no different than the rest of us! So, sadly, I just forgot about it and didn't bother going back until last Saturday! And...there it was up front, not hidden in the back. The tag...OMG! That tag showed over 50% off! I immediately called the good husband. Being the seasoned saleperson, I began to excitedly point out all the benefits that he would enjoy...it would be his 'desk' the perfect place for his paperwork, etc. I still heard a 'no' but I pressed on. I also was interupting an important football game so alas I was told....Yes! I jumped with glee in the middle of the store...but wait! My friend wisely suggested that we might even get more off, if we asked. Of course! That is what I do at estate sales, why not here? We immediately 'planned'...when the salesperson comes back and asks what the husband said, I will look down and shake my head. No deal. My friend will ask if we can get it at a certain price. He asked his manager. The manager said yes but there was no way I was going to call the 'mean' husband! So my friend said she could talk him into it and away she went in another area pretending to call my good husband not even knowing his number...she was the perfect actress and we did it! With tax, it was still lower than the sale price! Yippeee!

Ahh, but that means another trip to get it...Sunday was beautiful and the good husband and I wasted no time. With several stops on the way home to check this precious piece, we finally made it...uh oh, the sales person left a message. He forgot to give us the keys and the attachment screws. Another trip??Well, I did need some hay but there was no way I was going to go Monday. So, off I went Thursday, loaded my gorgeous summer green timothy hay, picked up the keys and back home I went. Gotta love Lexington to do all that day trippin'!

11 comments:

Flat Creek Farm said...

What a fun trip! Or shall I say 'trips'? :) Beautiful horse & rider, and wow... what a secretary! I love the antique mirroring - unique & gorgeous. Enjoy! -Tammy

Linda said...

That's a GORGEOUS piece of furniture! I've never thought of dealing like that with stores--I'm going to give it a shot myself some day.

Leslie said...

That is a beautiful secretary and boy did your persistence and patience pay off. Raising the price when it wasn't selling doesn't make sense, but if they hadn't someone else may have gotten it and it was meant to be yours. I am happy for you!

Paint Girl said...

That is a beautiful secretary!! Love it! Great way to get a deal, I love what your friend did, too funny!
That is so fun you got to go watch your friend show!

City girl turned Country Girl said...

Oh the horse is gorgeous!!! That is a really cool story on the secretary!! Waiting really paid off for you, congrats!!

Les said...

What a GORGEOUS secretary! Glad the good husband finally relented! :)

Rural Rambler said...

Gorgeous horse, gorgeous piece of furniture! Three years on the secretary Kritter Keeper, it was meant to be in your home! Congratulations to you for your purchase and convincing the hubby it belonged with you.

JC said...

How exciting is that ... you got it on Sale !!!

Julia said...

Next time I need to buy something I need you to come with me! Seriously. You've got a method. I need to learn it. I dont mean I buy overpriced but YOU get the DEALS!!!! Well done. :)

Jan's Place USA and Mt Forest Pictures said...

Wow.. was that not the best trip for you..fun watching your friend ride...and then a super cool meant to be deal!

Now..we want to see it at happy and in use in your home :)

IowaCowgirl said...

I just found your site...very nice...and congratulations on the great deal!!

I'm a cow farmer in Iowa with a TB and QH, plus kids, husband, cats, dogs, and indexing business. ..thanks for the great site!