Some people declutter when they run out of cupboard space. For those of us that know the real solution is to lean in and buy even more stuff, we present this week’s challenge.
Item 1: Handwoven Wicker Elephant Table
- Denise’s Price: $10
- Retail Price: $350
- Garage Sale
It was my mission to rescue this elephant from a life where it wasn’t appreciated. The gentleman selling this handwoven wicker elephant table said his wife asked if they should sell it and he replied, “It’s been in the basement storage for eight years, what’s your first clue?” He drove a hard bargain, slashing the price from $15 to $10 even though his garage sale had only been open a few minutes. As much as I liked it, my mother really, really liked it. This elephant from Bangladesh is now living in Quesnel and I have room for more treasures!
Item 2: Vintage Samsonite Suitcase
- Jackie’s Price: $5
- Retail Price: $100
- Como Lake Church Thrift Store
“Just a look,” I told myself, as I pulled into the Value Village parking lot. I had just gone thrifting the day before and really couldn’t justify buying more clothing so soon after–especially after my husband had made that comment about us running out of room in the walk-in closet. However, that was before I noticed the “50% off summer” sign at the front door. Let’s just say you know you have a problem when you are smuggling used sundresses into your apartment like bricks of cocaine at the Calexico border crossing.
Naturally, you could imagine how stoked I was when I discovered something totally different and way more practical than my usual clothing fix: something to put all that clothing in!
“What are you going to do with that?” said my husband the instant I walked through the door with my prized suitcase.
“Take it on trips. It’s vintage Samsonite! Made in Canada! And did you see this gorgeous floral design?”
He scanned the object clutched in my hands. “It doesn’t have wheels which means it will be very hard to transport.”
“It’ll be fine! I don’t need those. What I do need is to secure my belongings, and look it has built in locks.”
“Did it come with the key?”
I let out a deep sigh. There really is no point in conversing with him when he gets like this. What I needed was an opportunity to show him how practical my latest acquisition was (in addition to its obvious fabulousness).
Lucky for me, I got just that chance a week later when I made plans to visit my mother-in-law’s house. All of clothes, plus the kids’ clothes fit easily in the spacious interior compartment. And I hardly noticed the spikes of pain that rippled up my spine when I carried it the ten feet from my car to the house.
But, what mattered most was that the suitcase’s vintage style completely matched my mother-in-law’s decor.
I mean, when you think about it, it’s almost like I should have suit case for every travel destination…
Does anyone else think $350 is a little generous for a wicker pachyderm? She knows it’s not an actual elephant right? Perhaps we should start requiring documentation for our retail value assessments. Let me know what you think.