This post by Jennifer Flaten
We went couch shopping over the weekend. We took all three kids along. You should see the salesman’s face when we walk in with all three kids in tow. Now, you might think they are a hindrance, but actually, they work really well as a negotiation tool. If the salesman throws in something free (delivery, warranty etc) I promise to keep the kids from jumping on all the furniture and wrecking general havoc on all the display furniture. Some might call it blackmail, I call it smart shopping.
The first store we stopped at the kids seemed more interested in trying out the various adjustable beds then they were in helping us pick out a sofa. At one point, all three kids were on different beds trying out the various features. One bed goes up. One bed goes down.
One kid even found a bed that vibrated. It was extremely hard to pry the kid off that bed; she insisted she needed one for her room.
They also stumbled upon a display of power recliners. One kid figured out that if you pressed a series of buttons on the chair just right it turned into an ejector seat. Ooops!
Kids invariably know the most expensive piece of furniture in the room and instantly fall in love with it. In our case, it was the $5,000 leather sectional. The salesman’s attitude sure changed when he thought he would send us home with that…sadly, for him that one is not only out of our ballpark but out of our county too.
By the third furniture store, the kids knew to head right back to the discount furniture room. And, by the final stop, the kids were asking if we would just leave them in the mall food court while we went into the furniture store. All the fun was out of bouncing on display furniture.
At the last furniture store, the kids were begging us to pick a sofa, any sofa. They promised to never eat, drink, use markers–heck even sit on our new sofa as long as they never had to set foot in another furniture store again.
We did pick a sofa and it is coming in two weeks. Now, the kids better honor their promise not to wreck in the first week that we have it.
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