Recession Realities: The Rug That Got Away

Recession Realities: The Rug That Got Away

Everyone that reads this blog (and writes for it) has at least one big ticket, "wish list" item they dream of owning one day — even our fearless leader, Maxwell. But, in times like these, those luxury items slip even farther from our grasp as focus shifts from saving up to getting by. Being two individuals, we have two such items: the Saarinen Womb Chair and the Tord Boontje Little Field of Flowers Rug. We recently came face to face with that dream rug at 50% off. Follow the jump to hear our story...

Bliss on Newbury Street recently changed locations and, in the midst of downsizing their inventory, put all of their larger items on clearance. One of them was the Boontje rug — perfect condition, 5.5 x 8, in purple, marked down from $4,400 to $2,200.

Now, we know what you're thinking: $2,200 is a lot of money. Yes, but it is a stunningly well made, hand loomed, large modern rug for $2,200. And it is our dream rug. When you put it in perspective, it really was a deal. But in this recession reality, we stared at one another, conflicted. $2,200 could be put to such better (more realistic) use. And so we walked away.

For weeks we wondered what happened to that rug — Was it still there? Did we still have a chance? Did we make a huge mistake? Well, last weekend we visited Bliss at their new location on Newbury Street with nervous anticipation. Our previous decision had haunted us for weeks. If it was still there, what would we do? The questions barely had time to form before we realized they were pointless — our dream rug was gone.

Do you have a "wish list" item (or two)? What would you have done if you came face to face with it at 50% off? We'll own that rug someday but for now we can only dream...

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