When I first saw these drapes in the Pottery Barn catalog last summer, I felt inspired. I wanted them for our brand new living room. They were the drapes of my dreams. And I did dream about drapes back then because our house came complete with spider-ridden, threadbare, filthy drapes from the 70's that smelled even grosser than they looked. And they didn't even cover the windows.
We needed something to shield our pajama-clad kids from the outside world during the night time hours and back then
And these were calling my name....
In fact, when I saw them, my entire living room, the one I didn’t have yet, flashed before my eyes. I knew exactly how I wanted it to look.
My husband may or may not have said something about how I had lost my mind and didn’t I know that everything should be beige and that beige is the only color in the world. But if he did say something like that, I’m sure I ignored him. Because I was ready for some color!
Do you know what I was not at all ready for, though? Yeah. Spending hundreds of dollars on window treatments. Because when you only spend $27,000 on your house (I take this money saving business seriously, folks!) you DO NOT spend hundreds of dollars to cover the windows inside it.
No. Not ever.
So what was this thrifty gal to do?
Well, first I pored over and thumbed through and almost shredded that poor catalog. Before I did a minute of shopping, I had to decide exactly what it was I was looking for. Finally I realized they didn’t need to be from Pottery Barn and they didn’t even need to look just like the magical ones in that photo. They just had to be right. And “right” meant red and green floral against a pale background in a floor-to-ceiling length for a price that would make my bank account initiate the all-important Fist-Bump of Savings.
Then I measured my windows, brewed a pot of coffee, ate some raw eggs (not really) and put on my game face. I had a whole internet ready to be scoured!
But I would not be deterred. I was a woman on a mission! And then it hit me.
Oh Ebay, you’re always there for me in a pinch. User’s manuals for old appliances. Extra buttons for coats long past their prime. That Laundry by Shelli Segal dress for $0.99. And oh yes: my drapes
The perfect drapes, inspired by Pottery Barn but made possible by Ebay for the low, low price of $7.99. You read that right: seven dollars and ninety nine cents. And, wonder of wonders, even my beige-loving husband approved.
What was that? Oh why yes, Mr. Bank Account, thank you for asking. Your Fist-bump of Savings is gladly accepted!