We've been trying to find a rug for the nursery for a while now. At first we'd planned to buy the sheepskin rug from Ikea that's made from four sheep. But when we went to buy the four sheep we discovered that Ikea no longer carries quatro sheepskin rugs. I tried to convince my parents to let us have the one they bought during a family trip to New Zealand a gazillion years ago, but they weren't willing to part with its fluffy softness, even for their first grand babe.
So with "rug" as one of the last items on our to-do-before-baby list, just after the four lines of "send wedding gift to...", I set to work looking for a reasonably priced quatro sheepskin rug. I was on one of those fancy bedding and housewares sites that send beautiful glossy catalogs full of stuff I want and can't responsibly afford when I found this rug:
I'm not waiting 'til February to finish the nursery that's thiiiiis close to finished, so I set out on a little online expedition using the designer's name and the name of the rug. I found a dealer in North Carolina who carries the same rug for ~25% less than the fancy site. I reviewed the site's return policy (excellent) and shipping prices (free) and then just before checking out, searched for coupons. And that's when I found a 20% off in-store coupon for the very North Carolina dealer whose site I was about to hit "buy now" on. I called the store and asked if I could use the 20% coupon for a purchase over the phone. They said yes. They took my order. They just sent me an email confirmation.
And that, my friends, is how I fell in love with a carpet from a fancy store yesterday and bought the exact same one for 60% of the cost today. Now let's just hope it shows up soon and that I love it as much in person as I do online.