I love it when a little patience pays off! I had been looking for a bookshelf last year, and couldn't find just the right vintage one, so I finally decided to break down and go to IKEA. I liked the huge 72" square Expedit and was ready to shell out the $200 plus tax for it, but white was not in stock, so I left empty handed, planning to return when it was in stock.
In the meantime, I happened across this little number at an estate sale, and for $20, I figured it would make do until I got the one I wanted. I thought I could even paint it white and be done with my search, but I never got around to it.
Here is how it stood in my living room until this weekend. It was a little small for my needs and started looking cluttered quickly.
On Saturday morning, I stopped at a sale near my house, not expecting much, and there was my Expedit, waiting for me, in like new condition! It was priced at only $55, and since it was the second day of the sale, it was half off. I paid $27.50 for it, which is less than half the cost of what our dinner cost that night at a sushi restaurant.
I couldn't believe it was priced so low and had not been snapped up, but I'm convinced it was due to how enormous this thing was and how small the stairway was in the home. However, it was extremely simple to dissassemble and we got it home easily. Ok, my husband got it home easily.
Here is how it looks now:My plan is to add more books, and eventually get the IKEA basket inserts for the bottom row, to hold art and school supplies and other miscellaneous stuff. Who knows, maybe with some patience, I'll run across them at the next sale!
Please excuse the messy workroom closet in the background.
I can't wait to see all of you bloggers out there have been finding and or making this week! Thanks for stopping by!
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