They've been there about 25 years and a lot can accumulate in that amount of time. My husband and I have been going there since the beginning of last summer just to clean out the garage. Not much has come home from those forays and most of what has has just ended up in his shop because it was garage-type things.
Now it's house-type things. I'm not one to collect a lot, although my sister and mom would tell you differently. I think my accumulation habits lie somewhere between my mom and my sister; I won't expose which spectrum either of them lands.
It was a lot of smaller things this weekend, except for a chair. Oh no! My sister and my mom are thinking; not another chair! So as I was trying to figure out how to acclimate a dusty rose recliner into my living room, all the thoughts of redoing the living room came bubbling to the surface.
I have a striped theme, which I've had for many years and I've recently been tired of it. My husband thinks the new couch I got last year has darkened up the room, but I'm also tired of the stripes. So we started running around to thrift stores trying to find the right piece of furniture or drapes to bring into the fold of the living room that would lighten it up, replace a chair that was stained and I was going to have to recover, and change the theme of the room.
Problem was, I didn't want the theme to change from greens, reds and browns to the dusty rose color of the chair I got from my MIL. It's not an antique chair, so it's not like if I didn't want it I would be getting rid of family history; it's just a spare chair.
Of course, once I start thinking of changing things, the ball starts rolling in my head and picks up ideas. We ran around to all the thrift stores, then I said, "Let's stop at Fred Meyer. I have to go to the bathroom and we can look at their furniture to see if anything sparks my interest." (Thrift store bathrooms are under lock and key and I always feel like I'm doing something surreptitious when I ask for the key).
Fred Meyer has the matching chair to my couch, but it's pretty massive. Also, I had recently been at Fred Meyer looking at furniture because I've been wanting to update my living room, so I was pretty sure there wasn't anything there.
So after determining there was still nothing there, my husband, oldest daughter and I were sitting on one of the couches, wondering what was next when I spotted a yellow pillow. The pillow was pretty atrocious because it was some weird, tribble-looking (Star Trek, circa 1967) sort of monstrosity, but it was such a pretty yellow.
"Yellow! That's what I need to bring into the room!"
Oldest daughter: "Yay! I love yellow"
Husband: (and this is important to note) "What about Pier 1? You've bought chairs from there."
Okay, I had forgotten all about Pier 1. It probably wouldn't have come on my radar at all if he hadn't said anything. So we went; it's right next to Fred Meyer. And there in the doorway was the perfect yellow chair. Well the chair wasn't perfect, but the fabric was.
The people looked to see if they still had curtains in that fabric, but it had been discontinued. Then one of them said, "That fabric comes on other styles of chairs."
Just to shorten this story, yes, I brought home a new chair, along with some yellow, linen curtains (and some really cool cups, but that's another story). Now I just need to find some fabric for the top valance and decide if the rose-colored chair stays or if my striped stuffed chair stays. And I'm so thrilled, because I didn't even know there was a yellow thread running through my new couch until I got those yellow curtains up.
And about the chair that had a stain (in a most unfortunate place), I used a tide stick on it and it dribbled tide all over it and made a more unfortunate and even bigger stain. Then not being able to even donate a chair like that I took a damp rag to it. My husband walked in a couple hours later, "The stain is completely gone."
But now I have a brightened up living room, a new chair and two spare chairs. One or two of them have to go. Which one(s) will it be?