"Ask and Ye Shall Receive"
I have a tiny pill box with a copy of Hokusai's Great Wave. It's one of... no, I'd say it is my favorite painting ever. I was looking at the little pill box the other day and thought "I'd love to have a print of this. I wonder where I can find one?" Saturday night, I went up to my friend Susan's apartment and there were boxes stacked around because they (she and her husband) are moving. Behind one of the stacks, I see a familiar wave form. I went over to it and pulled out a large, framed print of The Great Wave. "Oh," I said, "I've always loved this painting." "Do you want it?" Susan asked, "We're getting rid of it. It doesn't fit in the new place." "Seriously?" So, now I have a framed print.
I also found a new couch at last. It wasn't as great a find, since it was at Crate and Barrel, which is a tad on the pricey side. But, it was exactly what I wanted and I'll probably have it for the next decade or two, so I closed my eyes and jumped. It's on back order, so you won't see it for a long while (October), but the ottoman I wanted was there in the exact fabric I wanted, and for about 85% off its original price. It was the floor model, so a little bit worn, but hey, for that much savings, I'll take it. Unfortunately, this will just emphasize the other cheap furniture I have (like the desk nee sewing table I got for free, the bookshelves from Target, and the dining table I got at a used furniture sellers that was in an abandoned gas station, but only on the weekend (a table and six chairs only $100!).) but I'll see about gradually upgrading when I have the money.