November 17, 2009

Peak-a-boo, we found a pew.

It wasn't we so much as it was he. Here's how Op Pew went down:

Last week, Mike headed out on an uncharacteristically beautiful November day for what I like to call "a Lance Armstrong bike ride." About an hour later, my phone rang...

Laura: Hello?

Mike: I'm at a yard sale.

L: Who IS this? (Ed. note: Mike at a yard sale is analogous to me at a hunting convention. And I'm a vegetarian, fyi.)

M: I saw a pew so I pulled over.

L: OK, really who is this?

(Ed. note: We were looking for something to put against the long wall in the Napoleon Room, and he mentioned how a church pew would be nice. As knocked over as I was when he came up with that, I was now beside myself with pride that he actually found one!)

M: I'm not sure it's exactly what we want...it's kind of plain, has a very high back...but it's $20.

L: I'm getting in the car NOW.

M: But...

L: TWENTY BUCKS!

The pew didn't fit in my trunk, so Mike and our friend Spence returned yesterday to pick it up in Spence's fancy big boy vehicle.

Mike and I wriggled and turned and maneuvered the pew up our hundred year-old staircase (how DID they get furniture up those things in olden days?), and introduced it to its new home in the Napoleon Room. You can see it around the bend when you first peak in the room...


...on the wall next to the bed. We need to do some reassigning of the antique plate rack above it, but I think the pew will work quite well there.


M: Am I going to make the blog?

L: You are SO making the blog.


Update: The feedback's been so great (thank you!) how could I not link-up to Thrifty Thursday? You should head over, too, to see who's thriftier than Mike. Though I can't imagine such a person exists. :-)

40 comments:

Weef! said...

That is FABULOUS! Kudos to the Mister!!!!!!!!!!!!

Frau said...

Brownie points for Mike...holy cow it's gorgeous and 20 bucks!! I love it "am I going to make the blog", my hubby says things like that all the time. Room is gorgeous!

Purple Flowers said...

I love it, and the wood looks like it's in good shape! My girl, you got quite a bargain, and a man who listens carefully. Kudos to both you and him.
When I tell my Hubby that he's making the blog, he smiles.

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Boy Mike did great on this one! Can't believe that was only $20 bucks!!!

Wish you would link to my 2nd Time Around!!
Diane

Renovation Therapy said...

Woot!

Team Mike!

~*Jenn*~ said...

I don't know which is better, Mike going to a yard sale and scoring a pew for $20 (!!) or the pew itself... tough call!! Way to go though, it looks awesome in there!

Aimee said...

Wow! What a find, and for $20 too! Don't you love when you find just what you are looking for? And that your honey found it is icing on the cake.

j.cro said...

YAY MIKE!!!

modernemama said...

Boys can be so useful when they put their minds to it!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Congrats on your new pew! That's fun. I think I'd keel over if my husband ever called me from a yard sale, so I can imagine your surprise. Ha.

Beach House Living said...

Kudos! to Mr. Shorehouse Chic

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Okay, Still laughing over here!! Sometimes, it can be a little embarrassing how we underestimate our men. He found the perfect pew...how fantastic is that? Congrats to Mike on a great find...and you for marrying him.
♥, Susan

Joyce said...

LOL... He is a keeper! You won't believe this while I was downstairs cleaning today. I was thinking of you and a church pew!!! I was thinking if and when I get rid of our church pew I was going to will it to you!! Pinky swear!! WOW only $20 smacks- nice!!! xoxo

Keetha Broyles said...

It is AWESOME and I can't believe it was only $20.

I have a little pew, mine is much "plainer" and it cost me nearly $100!!!!

Tina said...

He's a keeper for sure. Great find and the price, I'm blown away.
Looks fab in that spot.
T

Linda Lou said...

Now that is an amazing deal.... $20.00 - send Mike out for more bike rides-who knows what he will find at the next yard sale he goes whizzing by????

Kwana said...

Incredibly blogworthy. Yes!!!!

desiree said...

How cool. I love it!

Maya said...

I love it. What a fantastic find..., was worth the haul for sure. Our table in the dining room is made from a pew -obviously doesn't have any ressemblance to a pew, but still.

heidi said...

1) I LOVE that he found it.
2) I friggin' LOVE that it was $20.
3) It's BEAUTIFUL.
4) It's AWESOME that it's in the bedroom!
hahahahahaha!!!!
xoh

lancelonie said...

You found something cool! Awesome! Good for you! :)

pve design said...

P-you! perfect!
Love your pew!
pve

julia@lookiloos.com said...

Love the pew! And gotta love the man who found it. Now that's a team. It's looks great.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

WOW! What a wonderful find, Mike! It looks so good in the Napoleon room, Laura!

X0 Pat

Sue said...

Oh tell Mr. Mike he is now Blog making history!! What a find...how in the world did he get it for $20???..........It's fabulous...nah! Better then fabulous....you don't even have to re-finish it....Bravo Mike!!!

Lisa said...

Great title and a 'WTG' on that deal! One day when I have my own house I'll be 'using' your bllog to learn how to find beauty for close to nothing. You are amazing!

Finally, how have you been since our Yanks won the the series? I'm so looking forward to seeing your take on my challenge! :)

sarah said...

goodness! It ROCKS....I am so jealous ;-)

has he been taking secret yard sale lessons from mr BC?

it's in very good condition too, luck duck

S

Magpie said...

Wow - that is $20 well spent.

Jane said...

Your husband did an awesome job finding that bench...maybe I should take up cycling so that I can cruise the side street yard sales :-)
He sooo deserved to make the blog!
Jane

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

There's nothing better than a good man finding something perfect for the home at a fantabulous price!
Thanks for sharing!
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

Patti said...

what a guy...and what a find...life couldn't get any better!!

Maureen said...

I can't believe you were able to get it for twenty bucks. That's awesome. Way to go, Mike! You couldn't pray for a better price.

(sorry I couldn't resist.)

Mimi said...

What a sweet deal! It looks great in it's new surroundings.

Tara said...

Love the conversation! that would be me if my Hubby called from a thrift store or garage sale. I love church pew's and this one looks great. It looks even better for $20.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

SOOOO making the blog, MIKE! Big Bloggeritaville LOve for you. The pew rocks! Great deals! Thanks for linking up this week to Thrifty Thursday! Have a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving. Thanks for being a Bloggeritaville friend!!!I am thankful for you!
Hugs!
Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

tony said...

good....................................................................................................

Ally0005 said...

Love the pew great find!

preppyplayer said...

OMG! Big score!
Really, too perfect on every count. The stain, the size, THE PEW.
I know I sound a little crazed cuz I am. I am a pew/bench fanatic, never met one I didn't NEED to have. But $20?!!! Wow.
Also crazed about hall trees.
Yup.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

LOL! That is so cute. Gotta love that Mike!

I have been frustrated because I would get online and get bumped off, get online and get bumped off. FINALLY I couldn't get online at all. After a two hour consult with my internet carrier, I got on, but it's acting up still. Not sure what's happening. Hence, I'm late visiting you, Laura.

I love this pew! It is just wonderful! I think that was an absolute steal for $20. BRAVO to Mike! Glad you all got it all moved into its new home. Love it in the Napoleon room. Perfect!

XO,

Sheila :-)

angela said...

Lucky, Lucky, LUCKY!!! you usually don;t find good bargains like that in NJ!!! love it!!!