So today I verbally contracted to essentially put down a rather large sum of cash for a home…
It is not a free standing home.
It will be the end one on the left.
Right now it looks kinda like this:
It will be a really nice home for me when it is finished, which will be in June. So now the waiting starts!
I keep imagining and fooling around with my pinterest board to think about decor. One thing that is so cool about decor right now is the new vinyl press ons.
( uh yeah, no my house will not have owls..) I’m thinking this is an excellent way to decorate because if I decide one day I hate it, you just pull the vinyl off!
One thing that I’ve realized when people buy homes is that they imagine all sorts of things….many unrealistic things. In truth, if you weren’t one to throw any kind of party in your old home, it’s unlikely you will become an eager host.
I surely caught myself thinking, “I could have this sort of table for hosting game night” Then I bust out laughing because I do not host game night, I don’t go to game night and I only know about 3 people across the nation who are into that. After that Ah Ha moment, I focused on what I actually DO regularly and the house did seem to fit my needs. It’s a touch small for a family gathering of my sister and BIL, my parents and their kids, but I figure if that ever occurs, the kids can camp out on couches and on the screened porch.
I also had to stop myself from thinking I would really enjoy the one optional HUGE open kitchen. Who am I kidding, I do not enjoy cooking….even with a new kitchen I won’t.
I got a little overly happy pinning brand new furniture, and then realized….DUH! I live in Florida…. the place old people go to die So there are frequent and full Estate Sales. I DREAM of finding a Florida highwayman original painting for about 30.00 but that is probably not gonna happen…I guess it could, there are 29 of them but… Willie Daniels is my favorite.
My biggest question is how much can one save when shopping an estate sale? I have learned a few tips through sleuthing through the internets.
- Be careful with upholstered furniture…someone may have had a wee on it!!!!
- Don’t expect to find extremely valuable antiques….(or Florida Highwaymen paintings) as the family generally knows what they have and have removed those items.
- Bring Cash and your own moving crew!
- Be Cautious and only haggle a lot if you are willing to lose the object.
- You can put yourself on a list to be notified of upcoming sales
- You can even make a “treasure tracker” on said list. Mine alerts me to “cherry furniture”
But again no one tells me what a fair price is for a full Dining room set.
I read stories of people paying 25-50 for a full set. This would be amazing and ideal…I guess I will learn by going. I need a few items that I’ve lived without in the apartment.
And heck, even if I don’t find an original Florida Highwaymen piece, I know I can find tons of imitations as they were an interesting art group but not particularly inventive….I’m not sure how the highway men will fit into my other decor and in the end I think I will end up with what is typical- a hodge-podge of decor. Africa plays heavily…
Soooo….waiting for June!