Do you ever buy an item online and proceed to checkout, only to find that if you just added $5 to your cart, you’d get free shipping? Then you realize that if shipping costs $7, of course(!) it makes sense to scrounge around for a low priced item. It’s a fun game, right? But by doing so, you find so many things(!) and end up doubling your total – which you knew very well would happen.
On the up-side, you’ve easily earned that free shipping.
This happened to us (edit: me) as I spent a ridiculous amount of time on Fabric.com, with the goal being to purchase 1 yard of white vinyl for our $2 chair. We agreed that we liked the charm in the “patina” metal legs, so we nixed any ideas of painting the black frame. Rather, we’d keep it clean and simple, giving it a white seat (we got this one) with a refinished, dark wood back.
But after learning upon checkout that I could get free shipping with a $25 purchase (my own fault, after finding a promo code on Retail Me Not), I decided to browse punchy fabrics for new pillow covers; in the end, we landed on this one. After all, since we want to feel things like light and airy with our living room tweaks, we know ourselves well enough to know that we’ll want a little kick in the room. (We’re thinking the standouts will be fun, fresh art and playful textiles.)
And when that still didn’t come close to the $25 minimum, I asked Scott if we should just move forward with upholstering our lovely chair, you know, for down the road. It’s been years since we picked it up on Craigslist, and man, it needs work. So, I added 4 yards of a thick, grey canvas to the basket.
The total? $35. Shipping’s on them, but we know they really won the game.
Of course now we’re not completely sold on the grey we’ve chosen – it’s super strong, but the soft cotton is just waiting for the first wine spill – so we have a few more samples on the way (like this rhino canvas or this self-healing velvet, perfect for kitty claws). Ah, well.
You play this game too, right?