At the new house we are having all hard wood floors. I have lived for years and years in homes that I could do little to nothing to the flooring when it went bad. I’ve lived with stains that don’t come out-an iron imprint on my kitchen carpet (yes carpet in the kitchen)…all sorts of things. With Hubby being a hired farm worker, we’ve lived in whatever house the owner provided. One of the houses we lived in Minnesota had carpet on the stairs that was totally worn. While several months pregnant I came down the stairs in heels on my way to church. The heel caught in the hole that had worn through the carpet and I fell down about four steps. Luckily everything was fine…but under my own choice, I will never choose carpet.
So wood floors it is. Well I still want some rugs to protect the floor and for warmth and ascetics too. So I’ve been on the hunt looking for rugs. Braided are my favorite. Boy or boy are rugs expensive though…I’ve looked through the big home improvement stores and online at JcPenny’s wondering how I was going to add rugs to the budget.
A bit ago when we bought my trunk, the seller also had a set of braided rugs laying out that he had bought on an auction the night before for his wife…There was a huge one probably 11′ x 13′-another big one probably about 10″ round-there were three more smaller matching rugs. I said to the guy the rugs were awesome. He said that he was at an auction the night before and bought the LOT, all five rugs, for $10. I immediately told him there is no way that he would have gotten them had I been there. He smiled and pointed out that one of the rugs had a small hole in it.
We continued on looking at the wares the guy had buying the trunk, cupboard, and basket. Just as we were done loading everything and I was writing the check Hubby asked if he were to sell the rugs, how much would he want? The guy smiled and said they were for her his wife. Then hesitated a second, went in the house and apparently talked to his wife. He came back and said well…his wife supposed she could part with them. Hubby asked if he had a price in mind. The guy said $100. Hubby and I both together said SOLD!!!
The rugs are in my garage now…waiting for the new house.
They are actually a perfect color for what I want. Right now I think the big oval will go under the dining room table and the big circle under the kitchen table. If I don’t like them there…they are likely headed to the sewing room. They are all the same color-same pattern for the most part. The one Ruby is sitting on is slightly darker.
This one is in the worst shape. Today’s task is to repair this small one. The hole is about three inches long so the task will take about 5 minutes. I am so excited for these rugs. With them all matching and positioned between the kitchen and dining room, I think it will help the new and old part flow together.
As Hubby and I were driving away, he commented on the deal we on the rugs. I think the guy said $100 as a scare away price because his face just dropped when we said yes….Yes..the guy made $90 profit on the rugs and he made the profit overnight but still, I think we got a heck of a deal. Hubby asked how much I would have paid had he asked more..honestly, I would have paid $200 and wouldn’t have blinked…had he said $250. I’d have paid that too…Looking at JcPenny’s a 9 x 12 rug is in the $750 range.
I am happy and so glad that I don’t have to worry about rugs for two of the rooms. I’m happy that I got a deal too!!