When I moved into this apartment, I realized I needed a place to sit and eat. I didn’t want a table and chairs…no room for that in my apartment. I just wanted a sitting apparatus (actually, 2) to put up against the counter ledge that juts out a bit. But because I had just moved, I didn’t have a lot of money to buy them.
But then I saw the pile of things that were waiting to be hung on the bare walls, and I remembered my $5 savings plan!!! I couldn’t believe I had $240, since I had spent 4 months that year in Romania and Ireland (where I wasn’t adding to my $5 savings plan at all since I was using a different currency). Yet alas, here it was! And I had $240!
I wasn’t sure how much I would need, but I had it!
If you don’t know what the $5 savings plan is, click here to read about it.
Well, I set out with the Solises to Trader’s Village (a flea market here in Houston) to find some!
Natalie had fun counting my $5 bills on the way there…
I only found one that I semi-liked…
But here’s the thing…I wanted ones that spin. I had qualifications (1) must spin (2) must have a back (3) must have that leather(-like) seat, not fabric or wood.
So that wouldn’t do.
Kept looking, and found one!
I was glad that Aldo was with me, because he speaks Spanish and could barter for me…
The whole time, I was updating my friend Teo on my progress. When we found this one, this conversation ensued:
Aldo: I like them
Me: Me, too.
Aldo: I hope Teo likes them.
Me: I’ll send her a picture.
Aldo: You’re crazy.
So I sent her a picture, and she approved! Opinions matter.
Aldo talked down the price to $108 for both of the chairs that are there, since they are the display ones and had some imperfections from everyone sitting on them and moving them around. Or I could buy them new and get them next week and have to put them together, for $145.
SOOO I said I’d think about it.
We walked around and got some other stuff (I scored on some Christmas presents!) and then I decided to buy them new! I would have to put them together and wait a week, but I would have them without blemishes, and that was nice.
So I pulled out my $5 bills and paid! The guy was surprised, and I was proud. I love using my $5 savings plan!
I picked them up a week later, and Clara helped me put them together!
Here they are, in all their glory!
The best part! I only used $145 of my $240! I still had money left in my $5 savings plan, for the next time!
Click here if you want to learn more about the $5 savings plan!