Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Furniture Drama for This Mama

I've noted before in many posts that we are receiving a TON of hand-me-downs and I am VERY happy with that situation. It has saved us a great deal of money. Thank goodness for siblings with kids! My sister (mother of a boy & a girl) and my brother- & sister-in-law (they have one boy) have given us some incredible items including: a high chair, a floor swing, a table-top swing, a bedside co-sleeper, toys, car seat & bases, bumbo (Yes ... I know, recall alert. Got it!), floor gym/activity mat, boxes of gender-neutral clothes (my sister did not know what she was having for either child!), sheets, burp cloths, breast pump, nursing pads ... shall I stop there?

With no family within hundreds-thousands of miles, how is all of this getting to us? Well, my mom has been sending my sister's hand-me-down clothes to us in the USPS if-it-fits-it-ships boxes, we are up to three of those now. She sent the co-sleeper via USPS ... we are single-handedly keeping them in business ... and my dad is DRIVING from PA to Las Vegas in early November to bring out more stuff, and visit his grandkid of course.

How did the items from our in-laws get from Phoenix to Las Vegas? Well, we load up the back of a Toyota Highlander and drive. That's how, check this out:

Oh and then we pick up the dog from its weekend with friends and toss a dog in the back too!

That was a fun trip! But well worth it.

Ok, so furniture drama ... I know well enough that certain things should not be second hand when it comes to your child. But I also know that lots of moms buy brand-new furniture for their babies and the babies end up sleeping in mom's bed and end up outgrowing their crib and baby furniture. Enter a steal of a deal at that point. So off to the ever-perfect (I kid) list of Craig we go. On the site, we found a few things worth looking at and a few that were not.

My biggest problem with finding furniture is this, well make it two problems: It is difficult for the hubs and I to agree on something (for some reason our tastes are way off of each other on this!) and I just don't like much out there!

If I had it my way, I would get something like this. I love the Oeuf and Babyletto cribs.


What I didn't love were the prices. I did not want to spend a ton of money on a sassy crib for a few reasons:
-I won't use it that long. Even if it does convert, I won't use it that long. I don't want to be moving baby furniture when we eventually move on to a larger news market (another story for another time!).
-I want to give Flobee the option of choosing his or her own "big kid bed" down the road. 

Those are just two more reasons why I loved shopping for previously loved online. And we found one that I wasn't in love with online, but it looked fantastic in photos. The set included a crib that converts, the mattress, a changing table and a tall dresser. Without a tape measure, we had no clue if it would fit in the car or the room. My mom went with us to look at it and said that was a steal of a deal for what we were going to get and it was all in perfect condition. (Also came from a clean house, nice people, you knew it was well taken care of!)

We decided to get it, but didn't have the time to actually go get it until the following weekend. I convinced myself that I loved it and we stopped looking for other sets, which made me very happy. Long story short ... when we sent a message to confirm a meeting time, we didn't hear back from the owner, and my heart started to sink. This was that moment where I realized that I either did like the furniture or just that I may have to go shopping and we may have to spend more than what we anticipated or wanted to spend. Even though my mom was contributing, it was still not an expense I wanted. $700+ plus for a crib and $600 + for a dresser? Yikes.

Twenty-four hours goes by and we still hadn't heard anything. By this late in the day, we decided that if we didn't hear from them by a certain time, we would go back out and try to find a set that we loved. You just can't stop a pregnant woman's emotions sometimes. Back out in the 105-plus degree weather we went and found something we loved. By this point, I was kind of "over" the old set and thinking that we got screwed out of an online deal.

This is where the story kind of breaks my heart and still bothers me. We eventually did hear from the sellers. Apparently her phone had some problems, she had gotten a new one, never received our messages and was email-texting to see when we wanted to meet to buy the furniture. This was about 24 hours after trying to initially reach them. Long story short, we had already got this other set. Part of me felt "in the wrong" and part of me felt "in the right" with doing this. Part of me felt that there was a reason this happened and a reason why we went out and got a new set. And part of me is still feeling guilty.

The new furniture is in, but I am not too lazy to go and pick it up. Well that and it probably won't fit in our car, so we are now waiting for it to be delivered .... up in the next post: the furniture and the chair!

1 comment:

  1. I'm sorry that happened, but I am sure they will find another buyer. When we had my first son, my mom and her sister took a u-haul and brought a ton of hand-me-downs from my cousin and a rocking chair my grandfather made all the way from MN to LV! So your dad is not alone in his long drive! How nice to have him do that!