I love a good find. It can be from anywhere – a great hand-me-down, a garage sale, a thrift store like Goodwill or Value Village, or online from craigslist or Kijiji. So you can imagine my feeling about the latest acquisition, a gorgeous “brand new” sectional sofa!
This has been a work in progress for over a year. In case you missed it, I am not new to Kijiji. Last January I posted about a stupid New Year’s resolution I made to get rid of our old IKEA Ektorp sofa without having a game plan. Yup. That’s right. Listed it, then had to pull it off Kijiji like a crazy lady when the fload gates of interest poured in. Here is that story.
Fast forward to March 1, 2014. In a moment of crazed retail therapy weakness, in the comfort of my own home, I clicked my Kijiji bookmark that strategically lives on my laptop toolbar… I searched for two words only: “sectional sofa”.
What I found was just about magic. The listing read: “BRAND NEW SECTIONAL – NEVER EVEN SAT ON”
Could it be true? Better yet, it was purchased from EQ3, a prominent Canadian furniture store. A place I could only imagine buying maybe a pillow at. So what could possibly be wrong with it? Apparently it did not fit in the owners space and because it was a custom order, they could not return it. Oh dear. I am a sucker for cliches. My new favourite: “one man’s trash, another man’s treasure”. I did not skip a beat. I dug right in to this listing, after all, you snooze, you lose! Here is what proceeded:
The original listing for the sofa was $1100. The reply I got was better than I could have imagined:
What unfolded next was a frenzy of action. Convince my husband that this was a once in a lifetime opportunity because quite frankly, it was. Reply to the seller with a not too eager response with words to the effect that: YES! WE WANT IT! Where are you and when can we come? Arrange transportation by borrowing our father-in-law’s van. Get cash. Contain excitement just in case the deal is in fact too good to be true.
As we pull up to this gorgeous house on a coveted street in Leaside with a Land Rover in the driveway and a house that it almost twice our size, two thoughts crossed my mind. First, what did we do wrong? Second, here I am assuming the couch did not fit because it was too big but could it be that it was perhaps too small? As we enter we meet two of the most beautiful, nicest people ever with a house that could grace the pages of any house magazine. OK. Good. They do not appear to be killers! Both of us look at each other and instantly realize that we have scored BIG TIME! The sofa is gorgeous. It is perfect, in every way. They even put felt protectors on the legs and kept all the plastic on it. What is even better is that they have the receipt and it includes a warranty! The grand total on the bill was over $2200!
So we load it all in our van, not unlike a Tetris challenge and off we go grinning from ear to ear. You’d think we won the lottery. As soon as we get home we set it up in our living room. It fits like a glove. Literally wall to wall if we keep the single seat in. Who ever said a small room should not have big furniture?
Here is a photo of our newest addition:
And in case you are wondering about our old IKEA Ektorp sofa, we sold it just 3 days later on Kijiji with 3 slipcovers for $250! So the new sectional really only cost us $650. Not bad!