No More Analysis Paralysis
I’m a strong woman and decisions usually come easy for me. But when it comes to a major purchase – like a sofa – that I’m going to have to live with for some time to come, I freeze up. I suffer from analysis paralysis. I get so afraid of making the wrong decision – especially when your typical living room set (sofa and love seat or chairs) can run $1,500 or more.
So, since I’m not made of money – say, what? – I even considered renting furniture until I could afford to buy some straight out. But renting is outrageously expensive and you end up paying twice as much as you would if you bought outright. (And in case you’re wondering, I don’t use credit cards. I figure if I can’t pay cash for it, I can’t afford it. That works for me, but maybe not for others.)
There’s always Craigslist or garage sales but everything I see there is usually as old as the set I’m throwing away, or overpriced.
What to do? What to do? I have to have something to sit on.
I came up with a solution that I think is great for anyone who suffers from analysis paralysis. And if this is a “duh” for you, bear with me, cuz it’s an epiphany for me! The furniture rental companies sell their furniture for much less than the total rental term. And did you know that the longer the furniture has been rented out, the cheaper it is to buy it cash? And this one place I went to offers 90 days “same as cash”.
I fell in love with a sofa and loveseat combo that stretches my conservative taste a bit. This picture is taken from my cell phone so it doesn’t do the color justice. The color is a much brighter green – that brighter green that is seen around so much these days.
To be honest, it’s the color I fell in love with, more than the furniture. Not only will it look luscious next to my new floors, but it will coordinate nicely with the Hawaiian fabric I’ve chosen for the window coverings.
But the real deal here is that I essentially get to test drive the furniture for very low risk. I get it delivered and can let it hang out in my living room, see how my back does with it, and if for some reason I don’t like it, I can return it for only the minimum one month rental fee. It’s really a no-brainer. When you buy from a regular furniture store, most times if you get it home and it’s too big, you don’t like it, or what ever, too bad, sucks for you.
And from the rental place, I learned that this set has only been use some 200+ days. Pretty much a win-win situation for me. I’ll let you know how it looks when it’s all done. (Oh, it arrives Saturday.)