I’ve been on the lookout for a vintage map for awhile now. And I realized something very important about myself as I haunted consignment stores and online sources.
When it comes to bigger purchases, I suffer from ‘must-be-able-to-return-it-if-it-doesn’t-work-itis’.
The struggle is real people.
When it comes to smaller purchases, I have no problem buying something that is non-returnable. But when it comes to those bigger pieces, my little ‘itis’ rears it’s ugly head. This is especially true if I’m not absolutely positive if the idea I’ve envisioned in my mind is going to actually work in reality. I like having the freedom to try something and, if it doesn’t look right, simply return it and get my money back.
I fully intended to buy an honest-to-goodness, too-legit-to-quit vintage map. But every time I found one I just couldn’t pull the trigger. I wasn’t willing to take the risk of it not working in the space and then being stuck with it and then having to still go out and find something that actually did work. My frugal nature just wouldn’t let me do it.
So, I waited. And watched. And waited some more. Until, one day, I went to Craft Warehouse fully intending to only buy a bunch of faux spring-y branches but when I spotted something old-ish looking rolled up and leaning against the wall I just had to inspect further.
I picked it up, unrolled it and saw that it was a map of the world. No, it wasn’t legitimately vintage.
But it was vintage-ish. And, frankly, on this particular purchase, that was just fine with me. Because I knew that if it didn’t work out, I could simply take it back.
But I didn’t need to. Because it was absolutely perfect!
I know that when it comes to purchases for my home there will be times when I need to take a risk, times when I have to go out on a limb and trust my gut that something will work in a space even if it’s not returnable. But, I also know that there is much to be said for erring on the side of caution. I like to think that most of the time I strike a balance. Have there been things I’ve missed out on? Sure. But, I know that in the grand scheme of life and home decor, being a good steward of my resources is always a win.
So glad you could meet me at the Fence today friends,