New Furniture

15 Feb

Yesterday, late afternoon, about 6pm, our new furniture was delivered. And we are delighted with our two new settees.

It was by chance that we discovered the showroom of Mr Dupand in Carcassonne. We had just left the organic supermarket Tourne Sol when we spotted his furniture shop. We popped in to have a look and really liked the look of a kitchen dresser in new oak. Until we heard the price, that is! Obviously a place selling good quality and locally made furniture but probably beyond our price range.

Then Trish spotted a couple of leather settees. I sat down on one, as my legs were quite painful that day. Then Trish sat on the other and discovered that the seats were not so deep as to keep her little legs sticking out! In fact it was very comfortable.

We discussed it with the owner. It turned out he and his wife had only recently started the business as he had been working for someone else and that store had closed. He couldn’t have been more helpful in explaining things to us. We discussed the merits of leather versus fabric when living with a hairy dog!

He made us an offer. He had reduced the price down from €2,500 to €1,900 and offered to deliver them in that price. We went away to think about it as it was a big investment. However Trish’s settlement with her last employer had unexpectedly included an extra month’s salary, so we decided to shell out some of that on this. We went back a few days later and handed over our cash. Literally, as we are still waiting for our Certicodes to arrive which would allow us to make online payments ((but that’s another story)!

He turned up himself with his delivery drivers and managed the manoeuvre of getting two settees up to the first floor, via lift for one but he other was just too big and had to go up the outside steps. When they’d finished we showed hem round the appartment; they were impressed by the size of the place and one thought we could host indoor sports in the main training area.

Now our living room is looking great and we can’t wait to invite friends to come and join us there!

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