The Hutch Hunt
All I wanted was a hutch, and a hutch that didn’t cost an arm and a leg.
There’s this wall space between two windows in my house. The space sits directly in between our living room and dining room. It was crying out for the perfect piece of furniture.
How I hunt for furniture
I’m a stubborn person. I also like to make sure that I can get the best deal. I will prowl the internet obsessively till I think I have found the right piece for the best price. We aren’t rich people. We have three boys, a mortgage and an appetite for Apothic Red Wine – but only one income. However, I love decorating and beautifying our house. The only way I can do this is if I find the best deals for new pieces, wait for used pieces to pop up on Kijiji, or garage sale like crazy to find furniture that has potential to be upcycled.
This was how I was with the hutch. I knew that I didn’t want to spend more than $150 on a hutch that could be upcycled to look the way that I wanted. I thought this was a pretty reasonable budget for a used piece of furniture.
I have found that people are not cheap. I see the most ridiculous prices listed for hutches and buffets that need a crazy amount of work (more work than I was ready to put in.. especially for prices upwards of $400!!).
So I waited, and waited..
A year after moving into our new house I finally found the hutch. And get this, only $40. Luckily I was the first person to see the ad on Kijiji, so I jumped on that right away. I must have looked absolutely ridiculous.. or my husband must have thought I just won the lottery based on how I was squealing and jumping around the playroom. Actually, come to think of it, our kids must have thought I was insane.
We now have a nicely refinished hutch (in a chalk paint colour I love) that matches our other furniture. All for $40.
A match made in heaven.
Now the hutch is sitting perfectly in our home, displaying family pieces we love, and providing storage we really need.
Moral of the story: keep trolling those used sites. Eventually that piece you’ve been hunting for will pop up. And trust me, when it does, you will believe you have just won the lottery.Hutch