Doh! On Letting A Great Bargain Slip...

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No regrets? I don't know about that. When I began furnishing my house last year, I was pretty noncommittal when I looked on eBay and Craigslist. Weeks later, after I bought a generic piece from a chain furniture shop out of frustration, I'd kick myself for not at least making some kind of effort to winning that chair or looking at that table...

[ Chair pictured is on eBay right now...starting bid: $4.99 ]

On one hand, I reason that if it was meant to be, it would have happened. And maybe I'm better off without it--probably saved hundreds in reupholstery! On the other hand, secondhand pieces are truly one-of-a-kind; so if I loved it (and I have loved many, many pieces that have popped up on eBay, Craigslist, the Rose Bowl swap meet, the Fairfax swap meet, St. Vincent DePaul...), I shouldn't settle on getting something I'm not too thrilled about.

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