Friday, February 21, 2014


Our recliner is dying.  It has been greatly loved but we need to let it go.  The leather has really worn spots, the heating element still works, but the massage only works on part of the chair.  Then there is the frame.  You are very aware of the metal frame when you sit in the chair, that is not a good thing.  We think we bought it in the late 80's or early 90's. 

Yesterday we shopped for a new recliner.  We looked at several stores and were horrified by the prices.  We wanted a leather chair, or renu leather.  We found one at Macy's that fit our bodies that was on sale.  Yay!  Then no yay.  It had to be ordered, and would take 8 to 12 weeks to arrive.  Been there done that, not gonna order furniture again.  It never arrives as said, and if something is wrong with it, it is another 3 or 4 months.  My chair is dying, I need one now. 

We stopped at another store, those ran over a $1000 and went up steeply.  The clerk suggested Lazy Boy which also had a sale going on.  Off we went to Lazy Boy.  We walked into the store, gave our budget, and the clerk said we need to look over here in the,( swallowing the words cheaper section)  no leather recliners fit in your budget.  And we fell into recliner hell.  I expected Archie Bunker to rise up out of a chair.  The recliners were butt ugly.  No style, fabric from the 50's and 60's, huge prints, scratchy fabric.  Huge lumpy ugly things.  And even on sale they were too expensive. 

Plus it was like buying a car in the Olden Days:  you want a cigarette lighter extra, want side mirrors extra, want a radio extra.  Except this was if you don't want the chair to  rock then $200 extra.  You want the lever 2 inches longer $49 extra.  You want this $179 extra, that $159 extra.  Things that are normal on other brands are extra.  Then they special order it and it is 3 or 4 months arriving.

We then went by Costco and they had what we wanted and needed for $400 less. Plus it was 100% leather.  I do love Costco.  Probably we will buy one this week.  The problem now is getting the old one down those 26 steps and to the curb. 

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