About the same time I decided to do red and blue accents, my co-worker had a pre-sale yard sale for our office. Not only did I find two adorable red flower candy dishes with saucers from Pier 1 ($6), but I also snagged a cobalt blue glass serving bowl ($1), colorful cloth place mats with matching napkins ($4), and un-opened Shakespeare in Love ($3). But the best purchase of all was the full-sized sleeper sofa she sold to me for $25 in good condition. She also threw in the red Pottery Barn pillow and throw blanket.
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Literally, the day before she told me about the sleeper, I had been scouring Craigslist looking for an ok, not hideous, affordable sleeper for company. I can tell you that in our area, such standards are impossible. The hideous ones in "eh" condition were $300. Les digo la verdad. I'm telling you all the truth.
So I felt like I hit the jackpot when she mentioned at lunch that she might put her big-ticket items on Craigslist, like her sleeper sofa that she'd be willing to take $25 for, just to get rid of it before she moves.
And now that sofa resides in my studio + guest room, ready for company. It could stand for a new mattress, but without the money, we'll only be able to offer our guests a foam egg crate padding.
Here is Greer, all excited to pose in my photo:
Let's get a little closer....
Looks pretty neutral, but here is the actual pattern:
I haven't taken a picture of it pulled out yet...but we still have the full sized red sheets I barely had the chance to use in my college apartment. Hooray! I don't have to buy sheets.