Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I resolved to be dynamic today

I wandered into the bed and carpet shop, took a quick look around then approached a salesman. 'I'd like to buy a bedhead and carpet, please.'
'A headboard you mean?'

I pointed out the ones I wanted and the salesman said, 'That was a quick decision; have you looked around before?'
'No. But I have been in Dunelm all morning and I have no thinking/decision-making capacity left.'

So far so good. Then he checked stock of the carpet. 'Oh dear,' he said. 'I'm afraid that won't be available for three weeks.'
'Okay,' I said, 'what about that one (a slightly different colour)?'
'That's the same,' he said. 'You see they've been on sale at half price since Boxing Day so it's all sold out.'
'Show me some other cheap ones then, please.'

It was the same problem with each carpet I chose: apparently I have the same good taste as the rest of the carpet-buying nation.

Finally he found me some. It was in stock and cheaper. 'I'll have it,' I said. 'After all it's only going on the floor. Nobody notices carpet.' Which perhaps wasn't the most tactful thing to say to a carpet salesman whose whole waking life and possibly dreaming life too revolves around carpets. But he was just pleased he had such an easy customer. 

It was a lot simpler buying carpet than it was buying curtains and bedding for the spare bedroom. I'd tried to memorise the colours but faced by a huge array of shades and patterns my mind went missing. If you recall the room is very pale yellow and pale green. So I bought purple curtains. What can I say? I was desperate by that point. I'd already walked one and half thousand steps back and for around the bedding and curtain aisles, muttering to myself, and wondering what exactly Oxford pillowcases were.

But I've done it. I've bought everything (almost) I need to finish the room plus I visited my cousin June, who is now being called Olive, and I did my Sainsburys shopping. All in all a good day's work.


Sharon Qualls said...

Well, good for you! I hope you remembered the colors right. When are they coming to install?

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

I do notice carpets .. always , just to see if they match the walls or go with the colours .ha ha.. Yes it is a Head board..

Liz Hinds said...

Hopefully in a day or so, Sharon. I will post a photo when it's done.

Oh dear, yo'd better not visit our house then, Anne!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

A Spring colour scheme? It'll all look lovely and fresh.

Southhamsdarling said...

Hi Liz- I thought the least I could do was to
Pop over and visit you! I must admit that this post did make me smile! It’s a minefield out there, isn’t it?! I’m
Afraid that I’m like Anne above, and always notice carpets. Oh dear! I’m going to follow your Blog - it looks like fun!

Jimmy said...

We had carpet installed in our home from the bargain rack when the kids were younger, it was horrible looking a mixture of several colors, but after it was installed it looked really good, Cindy called it our Kool-aid carpet she said if the kids were to spill Kool-aid that no one would notice. It was still on the floors and looking good when we sold the house.

Sometimes the best carpets are from the bargain rack, I hope yours is as good as our Kool-aid carpet.

Liz Hinds said...

That#'s my intention, Sonata.

Welcome, Southshamsdarling!

Indeed, Jimmy, that's my hope. Carpets these days can be cleaned with bleach - but I've not tried yet, just in case!