When I moved into my very own place last month (I know, super exciting!), I decided I no longer wanted to a couch which had been found on the side of the road. Or donated from a friend. Or was in some way or other not totally awesome.
This would be my first Big Furniture Purchase, and I was very excited about it.
And then I started looking for one.
A) my place is small. This means that most couches are too big, and those swank sectionals are right out and there is no way I am going to be able to fit a matching chair anywhere in the vicinity (the table for board games takes up a lot of room)
B) Furniture is always about a thousand dollars more expensive than I'm expecting.
Finally I narrowed my choice down to two couches found in the Market. One at the Bay (the top floor is actually awesomely filled with furniture, although smells strangely musty) and one at Van Leeuwen. Similar prices, similar size. I admit, I was very tempted to get the one from Van Leeuwen in part because it was going to be from a real furniture store, and they let you choose your own fabric cover, and if I had just been offered a small glass of champagne while I shopped around, the whole experience would have been complete. But it turns out two hundred fabric samples with varying extra costs is a tad overwhelming.
So I wandered back to the Bay (this couch was smaller as well) and now my apartment is fantastic! There is a non-zero chance this is where I am sitting Right Now.