I wanted one. I've wanted one for awhile.
I saw one for sale online for around $200. I guess they are retro now and being made in present time. My thing was that I don't really need one. So spending that much on a bench is not really in the budget. Especially when we have plenty of outdoor seating already.
There was one at an auction last year. I was so excited. I thought for sure no one would bid on it. Um, yeah, I was wrong. The used auction one went for well over $100. I don't remember exactly. But I know I was willing to go up to $80 and the bidding kept going well after my limit. I was a little heartbroken. But I have never lost hope that I would find one at a reasonable price.
Then yesterday I saw it! I was scrolling on Facebook and saw a post for a moving sale. And there was a picture of a metal glider!!! It was different than the kind Grandpa used to have. But it was a metal glider anyway! The post said there would be no pre-sales and no holds. So I had to wait until 5pm tonight.
I was so bummed. I had to be at the school picking up my daughter at 5pm. And I couldn't run there afterwards because my other daughter had a meeting at 5:30 and the sale was about 18 minutes away. I tried calling a few people in the area of the garage sale and couldn't get thru to anyone. I just figured this wasn't the one for me.
Then the hubster called! He had a training today at work and got out early!! He doesn't really do the garage sale thing. But he could be at the school at 5 and do the other running around with kiddos!!!
My Sammy and I made it to the lady's house about 5:05. There were no other cars there. She had no signs at the road. I wasn't even sure the sale was happening. I rang the doorbell and was invited in. The first thing I saw was "sold" signs on a bunch of things. My heart dropped a little. I asked her about the bench. She still had it! It was outside on the back deck.
We went back and I was trying to play all cool about it. You know, acting like I could turn and walk away and not give it another thought. I made it glide. I pushed on the seat. I tilted my head. Then I asked, how much do you want for it?
Without further delay, I am pleased to announce that I am now the proud owner of a metal glider for $40!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It isn't exactly like my Grandpa's. But it is close enough for me!!
Funny side note - I told my Grandma about a month ago that I was after one of these gliders and she made a face. Apparently Grandma was never a fan of the metal glider. She was pretty shocked that they are a sought after item now a days.
Tonight I am thankful to be the proud owner of a metal glider at a reasonable price! This is why we allocate budget money to fun spending now and then! And you can bet I'll be spending quite a few hours this summer out on the patio just gliding away. Some days, I'll bet I'll feel like Grandpa is right there gliding besides me :)