On Day 2 of Chicago Awesome, after 1 too many days in an empty apartment (with a bed), I decided it was that time.
A friend and I took the subway somewhere north (friend got us there, I thought about fabric swatches) where we discovered the mecca of furniture stores (or rather Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and West Elm….)
The arrival to this fabulous part of town meant I could start my mission: to find a fabulous sleeper couch with just the right shade of “white” to make my sofa dreams come true.
Turns out buying a sofa is not a color-by-number type of process. There were questions I hadn’t thought of, hidden fees that hadn’t occurred (delivery isn’t free?) and the absurdly high sales tax to think about (should’ve checked this before moving…). More importantly, a slew of questions and options were thrown at me that left me puzzled for a good 3 hours (sorry friend!).
Finally, after becoming best buds with the sales associate (Hi Dylan!), taking a good 30-minute turn on the sofa of my choice and then comparing it to every sofa in the neighboring store……. I picked one. With the custom fabric of my choice and forked over my life savings (turns out a nice couch is akin to a Ford Focus).
To celebrate this great stride in building a new home in new city, friend and I crossed the street to a suspiciously Awesome store that advertised the sale of wine AND furniture (what a combination).
This wonderful mix of random furniture, home goods and alcohol was just the right touch of hilarity and entertainment that we needed….
The wine tasting going on at that moment in the center of the store put the cherry on top of an exhausting and forward moving day.