I started the "Old and New" series back in June. It was intended to be a 3 part series that only lasted about a week. However, seeing as part 3 has dragged on for multiple months and is still sitting as a draft post, waiting for completion, I decided to add a part 4 for our latest home purchase: A New Couch and Chair. (I think it's important to note that in my head, the statement "our latest home purchase: A New Couch and Chair" is said like the announcer on the Price is Right saying, "And you could win: A New Car!")
First, a little history into our old couch. When I moved out of the room I was renting for the first year of living in Dallas into a rental house, I didn't have a couch. John's Mom helped John and I get a couch for the rental house. John's Mom teaches English to Japanese people living here in Dallas (another interesting story itself), and most of her students are only in the country for a few years to work in the US before they return to Japan. When they return to Japan, the company that brought them to the country allows them to sell the home furnishings provided for them while they were here. Many of her students offer great deals for gently used furniture and appliances.
A family was moving back to Japan about the same time as I was moving out of the rented room. We bought a sectional couch, a chair, and a refrigerator from them for $110! The price was all we needed to hear. We needed something to fill those voids and any 1 of those things new would have been more than $110.
John's Mom had seen everything, but John and I saw them all for the first time on the day we went to pick them up from the family. All were pretty nice. The chair has a little rip in the upholstery, but we cover that with a throw. The section, being white and used in a children's play room, was a little dirty, but still in good shape and nice to have.
I cleaned the sectional, using a can and a half of cleaner, and then, it was pretty decent. However, in the 2.5 years we've had it, it's needed many cleanings because it's white and we have dogs. Also, it's a very soft couch, not just in texture, but in the support of the cushions - you sink in. All in all, it's difficult to keep it looking nice, the white is kind of a boring color, and I like my couches more firm. Thus, we decided it was time for a replacement.
We found our new red beauties at Weir's. They arrived on Friday, and I love sitting in them - Just the right amount of support.
We're trying to find a replacement for the other chair too, but no dice on that yet. Also, there are plans for a new TV stand (post to come, I'm sure), and we're going to get a new end table to put between the new red furniture. Before we know it, we'll have revamped our whole living room furniture situation!