Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thrifted Thursday - Sectional Sofa

I know the photo below has shown up in a past post or two, but I've never featured it in a Thrifted Thursday, which is really where it belongs!

When The Boyfriend and I moved into our apartment last summer, my itty bitty couch moved in with us. It was the only seating in our living room for quite some time.

As New Year's approached, however, we wanted to have a big party to ring in 2009 (especially because we have a Space Needle view, and the Seattle New Year's fireworks shoot off of it!); but we knew that our itty bitty loveseat (which was in very good shape for being nearly seven years old) just wasn't gonna cut it.

But really, people, sofas are expensive! Well, at least the nice, really well-made ones I was leaning towards. Even Ikea sofas can be pricey (for what they are), but even still they were the only option in our price range.

So one day in early December, we took the trek down to Ikea to scope out the maze of a store. I usually despise sectionals, but we actually found one that we liked quite a bit... but it was still pretty pricey, so we left empty-handed.

A few days later, while perusing Craig's List, I found the exact same sectional for sale for less than half of what we would have paid at Ikea. Now, I normally wouldn't purchase a mysterious, used sofa, especially from a complete stranger; but they didn't smoke nor did they have pets; plus, the sofa was only two months old. The couple had to sell it because the husband was being re-located to Wyoming, and his wife had to therefore move into her parents' house with their two year-old. Crushing. We figured we were helping them out, too. It was win-win all around.

Kramfors by Ikea
(I need to change things up soon. The matchy-matchy pillows are starting to drive me a little crazy... with boredom.)

The move was surprisingly easy (two trips, but we live only ten minutes away from their place), and the next weekend we took a return trip to Ikea to purchase new slipcovers (the black checkered look just wasn't working in our space!). The new couch was perfect for our party, and everyone was able to fit quite comfortably.

So we have a bigger couch. Our next goal? A bigger living space! More house-hunting, here we come!


P.S. What happened to the old couch? you ask? Well, it was purchased by some good friends of mine so it landed in a very loving, appreciative home and not in a landfill!

1 comment:

  1. That's awesome! I've always wanted to try getting furniture off of craig's list but it sort of scares me, but it sounds like you had a great experience. Maybe I should reconsider. Looks great!