A hunt for a living room rug has been going since before we moved into the house. We knew we wanted something that was comfy for our toes and felt right for the time period of the house. Our first color choice was green, the same green that is in the rocking chair, Terry. We searched Overstock, RugsUSA, Home Depot, Urban Outfitters, Ebay, Etsy, you name it. We found a lot of rugs that we thought looked right, but we didn’t want to spend $400- plus on a rug that would take a beating from 3 kids and a dog.
We found a rug on Ebay that we fell in love with and thought it would work perfectly with the room. Thanks to the “make-an-offer” option, it was a steal.
The orange is not quite right, but we were hoping that it would compliment the couch and that it would be OK. We were wrong. It just didn’t work. So, back to the drawing board. This rug found a home in a different room (more on that later).
On Tuesday, after getting completely frustrated with finding a cheap rug, in the right color, with the right amount of vintage vibe, we broke down and ordered an area rug from Home Depot. It was something cheap, neutral, slightly shag like and would be here sometime in the next few weeks.
Well, sometimes life likes to mess with you. After you give up and settle for something, you suddenly stumble across what you’ve been looking for all along. Or at least that’s what happened today. I had an hour to kill after visiting Home Depot for our bi-weekly trip before I had to pick Ben up from preschool. Oh, my, what’s a thrifter to do with an hour of alone time? The toughest decision I had was which thrift store to hit. Goodwill won since I hadn’t been there in forever.
I always start a thrifting trip the same way. I start in dishes and cups, work my way through the holiday decorations, move on to baskets and wood items, then through pictures, linens and bedding, and I finish with the furniture. Today, waiting at the end of the thrifting rainbow, was a pair of old shag rugs. I may or may not have run to them when I saw them. One was green (10’x10′) and the other was blue and green (7’x10′). They both looked hand hooked and in great shape. And at $60 for the pair, there was no doubt they would be coming home with me.
I tried my darnedest to get them into my cart, but the cart was too small. I was petrified that if I left them, someone else stronger would nab them both. So I took the price tags off of both of them and took off for the registers, still petrified that someone else would get them. I think all the employees there thought I was crazy. I know I stumped the guys who loaded them into the car for me. They were surprised by my age. They thought only people in their 60’s would be interested in such amazing rugs. Ok, so they didn’t say that last part, but they are amazing rugs.
I’ve named the green one Oscar. He looks great in the living room. Just the right size, color and price. I may or may not have jumped up and down a few times since getting them home. I may have punched Jamie out of excitement too, but I don’t remember.
It is so thick and soft, I love it! All we need now is some anti-slip stuff to put under the rug (it is very slippy) and a cool coffee table.
We have several places where the blue and green rug will work well. Now, it’s off to the adventure of finding out exactly where it will live. Thankfully it’s light and easy to move.
Oh, about 3 hours after I got these rugs home, Home Depot called. The rug we ordered is in. Oops, I guess I’m going to have to return it when I pick it up.