For fun, I was browsing through Craig’s list under my favorite search:
I clicked through the usual listings including baby bedding, shelves and the occasional piece of furniture when a listing for a Pottery Barn rug caught my eye. Now, I don’t need a new rug. Remember, I picked up this beauty for $30.00 a few months ago at the thrift store(read about that by clicking here).
Still, because of my love for Pottery Barn, I had to check out this craig's list posting. This is what the listing read:
Beautiful rug in great condition. I hate to sell it, as I just bought it on craigslist a couple of months ago, and it looks great in my living room. . .however it has a faint rubber smell, due to the glue on the back I guess, that bothers my husband. Most of the time I don't notice it. Our home is non-smoking. We do have a dog but she is not allowed to lay on the rug. There are a couple of very small stains but they blend into the pattern of the rug and aren't noticeable.
Image found on Craig's List
I can appreciate the honesty; really, I think it’s super genuine especially with all the con-artists and thieves running around, but seriously. I don’t think this rug will be leaving her house any time soon.
I found this rug a few weeks ago at a yard sale and paid $20.00 for it.
The home owner was selling it for a friend of hers.
“She paid $600.00 for it, but spilled carpet shampoo on it and doesn’t know how to get it out That's why she's selling it,” she said. I handed her a twenty.
I brought it home, hung it on my pool fence and sprayed it off. Once it was dry, I staged it in my living room and put it on Craig’s list for $100.00.
I really like this rug, but like I said earlier, I really don’t need a new rug because I have my $30.00 thrift store beauty. It's a real showpiece and I use it as a back drop for my clothing when taking my photos for eBay.
Like these Ralph Lauren Red Corduroy Pants.
They sold this week for $7.99. See how great they look on the rug.
I've taken hundreds of photos of my eBay listings on this rug. Like I said, it's a beauty. Well, it was beautiful until last night.
It was bound to happen. Really, with all these boys and I have a beige rug?
A blueberry banana smoothie.
It's not just the stain. I think I've been in denial, real rug denial. The rug's starting to look pretty bad, I just haven't wanted to admit it. You know, sippie cups, kids tracking in dirt, the dog (because I allow my dog to lay on my rug), etc.
I worked out the smoothie stain with some carpet cleaner, but now I’m wondering if I should replace my $30.00 beige “artistic rug” with my $20.00 darker classic rug I have listed on Craig’s list?
It’s a toss up between contemporary and traditional.
The darker traditional rug has strawberries on it. I'm just not sure if I can go there,. I'm not that into fruit decor, although certainly, a darker rug would conceal stains.
So, what’s up with rugs?
So much emotional, so much relationship with bits of yarn pulled together. It's like these rugs have personalities all on their own.
And then I received this email from an anonymous reader of My Dear Trash:
I love you, but that rug under the clothes is soooooooo distracting! My eyes keep getting blurred when I try to look directly at the item.
Who has time to send an email like this? I can appreciate the honesty, really, I think it’s super genuine especially with all the people out there who don’t pay attention to detail, you know those people who might just look at a rug and not over analyze it, but hey, thanks for caring. ;)