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A Sitting Apparatus or Two

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!

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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…

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I only found one that I semi-liked…

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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!

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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!

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Here they are, in all their glory!

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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!

Click below to see the other things I’ve bought with my $5 savings plan:
Kitchen Aid
Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection
Porch Glider and Table

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Chloe’s Closet: Day 14

Nicole took today’s pictures…outside our front door…beautiful background!

The headband? I got it from Trader’s Village when I went with Ikpeaku Iwobi!
The button earring? I made it!
The hoop earring? I don’t know…I’ve had it for a while…
The choker? I made it!
The long necklace? I got if from my friend Ana in ECP in high school!
The bracelets? Some I made, some I’ve just had forever.
The pink tank top? I think it’s from a thrift store? I don’t remember…
The white under shirt? I got it at the mall a few weeks ago! It’s so cool! It’s called a Half Tee! Go check it out! Click here to see them!
The skirt? I got it at the BYU bookstore a few years ago.
The leggings?  Target. 5 bucks.
The shoes? Both from my mom.
The laces? free. from a mystey shop!
The socks? free. from a mystery shop.
I love colors.

And last but not least…

….the bend

…and snap!


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