Deal of a lifetime…and some much-needed followups!

About that Ikea cabinet (and about that move).  Move completed, done, finished.  Took about a week to unpack and arrange furniture and whatnots, and re-arranged bedroom furniture again tonight, but that had to be done.  I hate feeling like my room is crowded, or doesn’t make sense with the layout.  I also hate it when furniture isn’t lined up in corners.  So here we are, corners aligned and all!  I filled up my gorg glass-front cabinet really quickly, as there isn’t a ton of closet space to work with, and I just bought my first ever normal looking dresser…which is great for lounge and workout clothes, but not much else.  It’s match-matchy with the glass-front cabinte though, so it had to be done.  I saved the top two shelves in the cabinet for my favorite, display worthy shoes, and thought I would show you a picture of how it turned out.  Originally, I intended for the cabinet to be shoes only, but that idea went out the window when I realized the current closet is 50% smaller than my previous closet.  I’m actually in the process of purchasing a second, matching dresser off of Craigslist (my first time interacting with another human and making a purchase, a little anxious about the deal going down on Saturday, but it’s a deal of a deal.  The dresser retails for $250 at cheap, beloved Ikea, and the seller was asking for $180.  I offered $150, and the deal is sealed!) so if I have a good experience I may look to this medium again in the future for furniture purchases.  Back to the cabinet.  If I can fit enough in the dresser, I may be able to add more of my fancy favorite shoes, or devote a shelf to my Frye boots, which would make me insanely happy.  Here’s the shelf for now as she stands:

Ikea Hemnes Glass Front Cabinet in Grey-Brown

Kind of a fuzzy pic, but that’s what I get for taking this at night without good, outdoor lighting!  The shoes on top are ones that plain just did not fit under my bed, in the shoe stand in my closet, or inside the cabinet, but I think it’s fine for now.  







Just in case you’re curious about the shoes in more detail, here they are:

ImageThere they are, in all of their glory…

If, at one point, I am able to fill the cabinet entirely with shoes, I will post an updated picture!  How ridiculous would that be, I mean really?!  Glass display cabinet…for shoes.  

Second update.  Most important update (at least in my baking life).

Remember I was raving about the KitchenAid livechat rep I contacted months ago, and was super stoked on getting a refurbished stand mixer, and how much cheaper it was going to be buying my choice of color in a refurb unit as opposed to a brand new option?  Or how there were a couple of models at Costco, and I realized the smaller, 4.5 quart unit would be more appropriate after livechatting with KitchenAid.  But somehow I had talked myself out of the smaller Costco sold unit (though it was a great deal at $199, and then had an offer for a mail in rebate for an extra $20, taking it down to $179 (look at those math skills!  SAT math score, you ain’t got nothin’ on me anymore!) but the catch was that first off, there weren’t any online reviews to read for this particular model sold at Costco.  I read the reviews posted for the larger, 5.5 quart unit, and they were mixed.  Some noted that because it was a specially made unit for Costco, the “KitchenAid” quality and craftsmanship were lacking.  That threw me a bit, and also the fact that the color options for the 4.5 unit were limited to: white, stainless steel, lime green, red, and cobalt blue.  Of course, after looking at the 30+ color options on the KitchenAid site, I had somehow convinced myself that it was “worth it” to buy the gorg ice blue model that caught my eye in a refurb 5 quart unit for $270 instead of the new model price of $319 after the rebates listed on KitchenAid.  So I sat and thought, and thought some more, and couldn’t quite commit to buying it.  

Enter my love affair with furniture, newly minted and fast and furious.  There goes the funding for the ice blue refurb model for $270.

But the more I thought about the Costco option, the more I realized that the cobalt blue model was pretty cute, and rationalized that if anything went wrong, Costco has a sweet return policy, along with help from KitchenAid itself for parts and pieces if they malfunctioned.  And bottom line, $179 was much much better of a deal than $270.  I continued to think.  Then after about three weeks of using the crap-tastic HB stand mixer, I caved.  I vowed I would not bake another treat until I had marched myself into Costco and swiped my debit card for my stand mixer (in cobalt blue, I decided).  

One catch.  

I hadn’t visited the mixer at Costco in about two weeks (I’m usually there once a week, as I live really close and drive by it everyday on the way to the gym).  I thought, ok, next Costco trip, I need to scoop this bad boy up, because stuff literally flies off the shelves at Costco, and you never know if an item is coming back or what the story is.  The next day, at Costco, and oh….snap.  No gorg stacks of stand mixers, only an end cap overflowing with the larger, bowl-lift unit that was closer to $300 (and I was definitely not going to rationalize that one!).  I glanced at the shelf where the demo units are, and saw the lonely, cobalt blue mixer, just sitting with all the attachments.  I looked closer, and saw that there was a price sign hiding inside the bowl, stating the price had dropped from $199 down to $179 (what the…), and then that price was crossed out, and handwritten by a manager (or so it said), $170.  The tag noted this was the demo unit and was the “last one.”  I looked inside the bowl and made sure all of the attachments were there (they were, and then some I realized later that night).  All three were there.  I checked for a manual lying around, and couldn’t find one.  I immediately thought that the KitchenAid website would have something I could download or order, so I wasn’t worried about that.  Finally, I carefully scanned the unit for any scratches, scrapes, dents or anything sketchy (nothing to be found).  I gently scooped up the mixer and placed it in my cart.  The signage didn’t mention the rebate that had previously been listed on the other tags, but I figured it was a better deal being marked down to $170 anyway, as the rebate only would have dropped it to $179.  I just couldn’t believe my luck–how was the display model the color that I had exactly wanted?  Any other color, and I probably wouldn’t have taken it, and waited for another model or another deal in the future.  I stood in line in shock, not believing what was happening, and how fortuitous this all seemed.  As I was paying, I asked the cashier if the return policy was the same for demo units (she assured me it was), and the runner even checked to see if this item was getting replenished, just to see if I wanted to hold off until more units came in (they weren’t getting more).  So I paid, and guess what.  The cashier noted that the rebate info was at the bottom of my receipt, and to go online to submit my info.  Rebate?  You mean after two separate markdowns on this fantastic, wonderful piece of kitchen joy, on top of that, I still had a rebate coming my way???

Yes, yes sir, it appeared that way.  After getting home, and still not believing my luck, I went online to and submitted the info from my receipt, and was told my check would be processed and mailed to me in 4-6 weeks.  I stared.  I tried to process.  I seriously got an amazing, rad, life-changing kitchen appliance for $150.  This mixer was something I had always thought would be something I would have to register for as a wedding gift, as the thought of spending $400 on a mixer of all things just boggled the mind.  But $150 is just stupid, like honestly so stupid that I can have the kitchen’s most priceless appliance for that low.  

And it works perfectly.  I found the online manual and downloaded it onto my laptop, shined and sanitized the crap out of it, and it works beautifully.  Unbelievable.  Literally.  Here she is, in all of her KitchenAid glory:

KitchenAid stand mixer in cobalt blue