That's all changed now. I became so fed up with our old couch, (and not to disrespect the extremely generous place from which it came - thank you my BFF) but it was a two seater with very high arms, meaning no matter what actions you took to contort your body, you could not lie down upon it, (I've just caught myself out in the use of the word upon, rather than on, odd because I reserve proper English for the writing of things other than blogs, however I realized I used it because I have just been listening to Sheldon, who has a very eloquent use of the English language). Anywhoooooo...unable to afford a lovely new couch, or even a lovely second hand couch for that matter, I turned to eBay. After watching numerous items for weeks, pining over many items that would jump up over my limit in the last few hours, I found one that had a starting bid of only $0.99, a weeks auction time and was, while not horrible, particularly un-fancy, but LONG, a 2 and 3 seater set. In the last 5 hours, without a single bid being placed, I placed my own and won the item. Though I could have brought the couch for a dollar, I felt this was just a ridiculous, so I paid $5.00 instead.
It took a bit of back and forth for us to find a suitable time to pick up our newest item of household furniture, what with it being Christmas and all but we worked it out for the morning of New Years Eve. Now my seller, a young 20's single male, living in a share house with 3 other guys, would obviously have plans on such an occasion and told me he might be gone when he got there, the couch was under cover around the back, someone should be home and if they weren't not to worry and to just leave the $1.00 on the outdoor table. Off we trotted with the trailer, (which, incidentally, I must send a small thank you to my friend Heidi because if we didn't have the use of her car we wouldn't have been able to hire the trailer in the first place - xxx).
When we reached the location, we found the sellers housemate Jayse, the older of the 4 in his 40s and the only one without plans for nye. Luck for us because we really would have had a hell of a time getting the couch to the car if he hadn't offered to help Troy carry it. Now here is the part that really made this whole thing a serendipitous purchase. It turns out Jayse is a photographer with about 25 years of experience. This came up in conversation while they were tying the trailer. Now for those who don't know, I'm working toward becoming a photographer so this was instantly exciting to me. After about 10 minutes of conversation I plucked up enough courage to ask Jayse the photographer if he felt open to the idea of staying in contact with me and being a bit of a mentor. He happily gave me his card. I still felt guilty about the now $5 couch and had put a $10 note in my pocket instead with which to pay. So I came away from this adventure with a couch and a mentor technically for $0.99 but out of pocket $10! Not bad I say, not bad at all!
Do you have a serendipidis occurance you would like to share, or more excitingly, one which ties into a RAK or a PIF?
Until I write to you next from the bargain comfort of my $0.99 couch, be kind to each other.