What Makes a Good Furniture Store?

You will eventually need to buy some new furniture for your home or apartment. It is at that time that you will need to discover a great place where you can buy high quality furniture for an affordable price. There are certainly many furniture stores out there to choose from. How can you go about determining which one to buy your furniture from? There are a number of things that you should look for. Do not think for one second that all furniture stores are identical. That is quite simply not the case. Here are some of the key qualities that a great furniture store will have.

1. Try to find a furniture store that carries all of the best brands.

You will quickly discover that many furniture stores do not carry some very popular brands. There is a reason for this. They have signed contracts with specific brands to only carry their furniture and not items made by their competitors. This is not a good thing for consumers. You need to do your furniture shopping at a store that sells the widest variety of furniture possible. This means that the store should not exclude and of the most popular furniture manufacturers and collections. The Donny Osmond home collection is an example of something a great furniture store will carry.

2. The store should offer financing options for their customers.

You might not have enough money to pay for all of the home furnishings you want at the same time. Therefore, you will require the store you do business with to provide you with a way to make installment payments on the furniture you want to buy. Find out if you have good enough credit to qualify for financing at the furniture stores you want to shop at.

3. It should be very fast and simple to make a return.

It is possible that you might need to return some of the furniture you bought for some reason. If this is the case, the store should give you a complete refund immediately without asking you why you want to return it. You should avoid doing business with a store that will charge you a restocking fee for making a return. The store should also refund all of your delivery fee if they delivered it to you. Always ask what the store’s return policy is before buying anything.

Mom Finally Moved in with My Sister

We have been working for a little while to get my mother to move in with one of us. We have finally started to move her things into my sister’s house. She had an extra room and we went to find one of those adjustable beds so that Mom could watch TV comfortably in her room. It was a real ordeal, like most people she really wants to be independent. She still goes out in her old Chevy to run errands and if you tried to take her keys away from her, that would be a real fight. We eventually made the argument that she would have a good deal of money if she went along with this, rather than paying out money to take care of the house. Continue reading “Mom Finally Moved in with My Sister”

Top Safety Tips for Your next Home Improvement Project

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of renovating or improving your own home. Designed just as you like it, the changes and additions that you will make can change the whole appearance and feel of your home. Of course, these are only great benefits if you can take advantage of them and aren’t stuck in a hospital bed with a broken leg.


To help keep you out of harm’s way during your next DIY job, below are some great safety tips to get you started.


  1. If you don’t have a fully stocked first-aid kit in your home and easily accessible, then the last thing which you should be doing is completing a DIY project. Whether it’s to cover small cuts and scratches or to patch yourself up on the way to the hospital, be sure that you have what you need for a range of small emergencies.
  2. Unless your DIY project is part of a modeling project for Vogue magazine, do away with the comfortable clothes and put on proper work-designed gear. If DIY is new to you, head to the Groupon Coupons page for Merrell and pick up a set of the basics. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive, but it does have to keep you safe.
  3. Who needs instructions? You! You need instructions! If you think that throwing away the instruction and doing it on your own was a cool idea, think again! If you are building or assembling an item which came to you with instructions, use them. The last thing that you want to do is miss days from your regular job because of an injury caused by not reading instructions.
  4. If you will be using power tools, it is important to make sure they are in good working condition and aren’t going to cause you any safety concerns. Any rusted blades or loose fittings should be seen to immediately, with the equipment not being used until it is in full and safe working order.
  5. Do you have little ones running around your home? If you do, make sure they are aware of the safety implications of playing and running around your space while you work. Teach them examples such as how a ball hitting the base of a ladder could cause you to fall. These instances can show them how dangerous playing around DIY work can be.
  6. Do you know what’s worse than a half-finished DIY job? A half finished DIY job that wasn’t completed because you couldn’t bring yourself to ask for help. If you get stuck during your project or you think a second opinion would be helpful then ask somebody. Something as simple as your neighbor holding a ladder for 2 minutes could be the difference between a safe project and one which ends in broken bones.


These are six great tips to keep in mind when considering DIY work and can help to keep you safe during the process. However, the most important item which you should consider when completing renovation work around the home is COMMON SENSE, so be sure you always use it.

I Found a Bargain at an Estate Sale

I really like this new thing that I found the other day. I was at an estate sale and they had one of these adjustable beds. I was interested in getting a new bed, since the mattress that I have in my bed is old and lumpy. Of course a new mattress is a big expense and when I looked at this bed I realized that it had not been used much at all. That was pretty obvious from looking at it and the person running the sale told me that it had been bought, but that it had only been lightly used since the woman had been in and out of the hospital and then she had then been sent to a nursing home. I did not get the whole story, but I could look at the bed and see that it was almost new and had not really been used. Continue reading “I Found a Bargain at an Estate Sale”