Wifey spotted a nice country style dining table and chairs in the local DIY store. I don't wish to say which for fear of dropping the shop assistant I am about to mention in it.
The items had been reduced from £650 to £300.
When I arrived to order them I found that the very same items were discounted to £200 because they were ex display. The stipulation was that the buyer collect or else pay £30 delivery charge - the bonus was that the chairs and table had already been constructed from their flat-pack format. A few hours worth of work in that alone.
I asked the assistant if I could borrow a spanner to take the legs off the table. He told me he could do better than that and would fetch two spanners and help me as well.
So with the two spanners we then set about taking the legs off so that the whole lot would fit in the back of my Mondeo (fantastic cars btw - I don't let anyone knock them.) He helped me carry it all to the car where I slipped him a fiver for his trouble, "I'm not supposed to take that, Sir."
"That's why I waited until we were in the car park." he accepted it gratefully.
When we got back to the till to settle up he typed in a special code and gave me mate's rates. I got a large tin of emulsion AND the table and chairs all for £190 !
Less of a deal was the double divan bed I picked up using my roof rack. It was spotted on Ebay and cost £90. It's a bit krap to be honest but didn't realise that until I got it home. I used the kayak straps to fix the base to the top of the car. It was as solid as a rock and I drove it down the motorway at 60 mph.. It doubled the height of my car and people gave me a wide berth. I also saw the needle on the petrol gauge move leftwards quite visibly.