Story Behind a Photo #2

I needed a couch. I’d been searching for one since October. Maybe it isn’t that hard to find, but I was picky knew what I wanted and wasn’t going to settle for just any one. Furniture stores were overpriced and I didn’t want to take the risk of buying something online without seeing it in person.

Then this past Saturday I went to TJ Maxx to find a cute jar for a little project. Right across from the house ware section was this beauty…


In my head I started comparing it to the others that I’d seen recently. Price, fabric and size among other things. I wanted it! Then came the tricky part – how would I get it home? TJ Maxx doesn’t deliver and I have a sedan. I left the store but was determined to return for it! Being alone in a new city sure makes a gal improvise.

First thing I did…stalk Walmart’s parking lot for someone driving a pickup truck. I thought I’d struck gold! There was this one guy. I walked right up to him and gave him the spill – basically “hey, I’m buying a couch not far from here and I need your truck and your muscles for transport. I’ll pay you though!” I wish you could’ve seen the look on this guy’s face. FAIL! He just stared at me, frozen. Like maybe he thought I was trying to set him up. This was after sunset so that probably played a part in his response.

I went home, defeated for the day but decided to try again Sunday during daylight. Because I really wanted that couch before it was ruined by too many people sitting on it – and because I always gets what I want. So I looked again for an owner of a pickup truck for a bit but gave up quickly. Suck it up and got to U-Haul Candace.

A pickup truck rental was only $20 + the cost of mileage. So as the lady was preparing my reservation I let it out. “So do you have any men on hand that might be willing to ride with me to help transport the couch?” Oh yes, because U-Haul rents out equipment AND labor.

But I was lucky! There was a guy hanging in the parking lot who did labor on the side for that U-Haul location’s customers. I went to chat with the guy and EUREKA, he owned a pickup truck! No need to rent one. He  followed me to TJ Maxx, helped the store associates load the couch onto his truck, followed me home and together we carried the couch up 19 steps (after which my fingers slipped and I dropped my end of the couch. Don’t worry, she’s fine), through a funny shaped foyer and into my living room.

After all the hassle I had to get a photo of Mr. Valentine on my new lounge spot that he helped me bring home! I wouldn’t be typing this blog post from my new couch right now if it wasn’t for him!


Moral of the story: if you need something, sometimes all you have to do is ask! You might get a “no,” but you’ll lose nothing.


I’ll be on the lookout for inspiration to spruce up my place a bit more. Pops of color!

Do you have a funny story for how you met one of your friends? What color should I use to break up this grey and white scheme?

Until next time…


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  • Reply Cass January 25, 2016 at 12:15 am

    Love the couch. Love the accent rug. Love the pillows. Also love your bravery on asking around to find someone to help you. Love all of it.

    • Reply Candace McGee January 25, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Lol thanks girl. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Once I’m set on something I’m not letting go!

    • Reply Candace McGee May 30, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      How am I just seeing this?! Thanks Cass!

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