I love a good bargain, I truly do, especially when they just fall into my lap. There was a perfectly good fireplace screen here when we bought the house. In fact, it looked brand new and never used. It was awkwardly shaped, and had these weird hinged side-panels that never quite fit inside or outside of the fireplace, but we made it work. It was fine. Buying a new fireplace screen was the furthest thing from my mind.
The other night I had the most glorious opportunity to wander around Target, unencumbered, looking at every clearance rack and end-cap in the store. I happened to see a really nice fireplace screen for an unbelievable price.
Yes, that does read “Was $49.99” and “Now $7.54”. However, since I wasn’t considering a new fireplace screen for our house, because the one we had was ‘fine’, it didn’t occur to me to purchase one. The next day I happened to look-up the fireplace screen on Target‘s website and showed it to J. (It’s still $49.99 on their website, by the way.) He took one look and said “that looks so much nicer than the one we have, I can’t believe you didn’t buy it for that price! We should go back and buy it today, if they still have one.”. “Uh, okey dokey”, I replied, because you don’t have to ask me twice to go to Target, and off we went.
It fits our fireplace perfectly! I still can’t believe it didn’t occur to me to buy it in the first place and that it was only $7.54 (plus tax)! I really like it a lot and even ‘styled’ the fireplace with a log and some candles. (I vacuumed the log. J walked in and asked me what I was doing. I told him I was vacuuming the log because it look dirty. He found that to be really funny. Funny or not, I have a clean log, ha ha.)
I think we’re either going to Craigslist our other one or sell it in an upcoming neighborhood garage sale. I figure we can at least recoup the $7.54 and even if we don’t, it was worth the price. We actually do use our fireplace and from a safety standpoint, this one is way better and much easier to handle.
What bargains have you scored lately?