Is this not the best curio cabinet ever?!
During the holiday break we did a bit of reorganizing around the house, and my husband suggested getting a curio cabinet for my office since our china cabinet in the dining room was getting a bit full … mostly due to my royal family collectibles. (I’m sorry, but how can you NOT purchase a Princess Diana memorial collector plate when at Kensington Palace? It’s impossible.)
After doing a quick look at Ikea and realizing anything somewhat decent looking there still cost $300, I remembered months ago my friend spotted a cabinet at Homegoods that looked like a London phone booth. Back then I wasn’t in the market for a curio, nor did I have several hundred dollars to spend on a fake phone booth for no reason. But now I was in the market for a curio, and why get a normal, boring one when you can have a pretend London phone booth? #nobrainer
I figured there was no way they’d still have the cabinet three months later. Well, it turned out they did still have the cabinet and even better, it was half off, so I made plans to go to the store. But then it snowed, school was closed two days in a row, and that Homegoods location is a half hour away … and by the time I was able to get there three days later, the cabinet was gone. To add insult to injury, the lady on the phone said “someone JUST bought it!” when I called.
This basically resulted in me crying my eyes out (because my grandma just died and all I wanted was a London phone booth and I was TRIGGERED), calling every Homegoods on the planet, finally finding one who had the curio, and my husband (who is such a sport and humors me) driving an hour to get it after having to replace his car battery – and driving to three different auto stores to find said battery – because oh yeah, when we got in his SUV to go to the middle of nowhere to find this cabinet, the battery was dead.
So the drive was fine, we get to the store … and the curio was damaged. You can’t tell, but there’s a whole piece missing on the top part of the cabinet in the back, the door is slightly wonky, and the top part isn’t totally attached. At this point all I could do was laugh. But, I got the good folks at Homegoods to take another $50 off the already half-off price which I asked them to match from the other store, and all’s well that ends well because we got a cabinet that retails for more than $1,000 for $250!
I’ll leave out the whole part about the cabinet not quite fitting in the car, and kind of breaking some more, and the car’s heater dying on the way home during single-digit temperatures. Because like I said, all’s well that ends well.