So yesterday morning while I was walking pranabanana to her bus stop we passed a 2 seater couch beside a dumpster. We poked around and it looked pretty respectable. Wow – this would be great for our new place eh?
I got back to the apartment we have been staying at in Kitsilano and hunted for anyone and everyone who might have a van to be rented in Vancouver. After a number of phone calls I determined that there was no easy way to get a van. Vancouver is the first place I have lived where leases (on the whole) start and finish on the 1st of the month. This makes it nearly impossible to organise a moving van unless you happen to know a reasonable distance in advance, or are able to shift before, or after, the 1st of the month.
Most of the vans were booked until the 3rd of September. Bummer. I did manage to find one available for the 5pm to 8am graveyard shift. But at $80 + $0.20/km I decided it was a bit steep. Beside the couch would probably be gone by then, and that was the main purpose for the van.
Anyway we decided to borrow a CRX off another friend and see on the off chance whether it would fit in the lift-back. Lo and behold, with a bit of jiggery pokery and the removal of the legs it was in! Fantastic. Unbelievably luck really.
While we were manhandling it into the CRX the ex-owners came and were astounded by the impossibility of the fit, and offered us a bunch of other stuff as a reward for magically taking their sofa away for them. A vaccuum cleaner (which there was no way we wanted to purchase!), a hexagonal wooden coffee table, a bunch of plates and a couple of pots,a raft of coat hangers, and a portable CD stereo!. “Should have been here Yesterday!” they said. No worries this was a pretty great haul anyway. Maybe it was just meant to be.
After taking a load over in two cars we decided that we may as well just carry on and see if we couldn’t move everything across before pranabanana finished work for the day. We don’t have that much stuff so it seemed pretty possible. By her 4:30 finishing time we had moved everything except for the two futon mattresses we acquired in our first weekend in Kitsilano.
We scooted out to the university to pick her up, still not having let on that we had moved everything. It was worth it for the dazed and confused look on her face when she realised that all of our stuff was gone from Kitsilano! With the futon mattresses we made the final trip to our new place and manhandled them into the apartment! We’re done!
So far we have spent a grand total of $10 furnishing our apartment. We picked up a 4 drawer wire rack unit, great for storing any manner of things in it, from a garage sale in the weekend. Other than that , we have collected it all off the street or had it donated to us in one form or another. It seems amazing really, but the take home thai picnic we ate to warm in the flat, cost 3 times the price of everything that furnises the apartment!
I still can’t believe how good the couch looks. It will even match the two wall hangings we brought home from India. Madness.