I’ve been looking for a tile table for our backyard for… 5 years. I seem to see them everywhere, but “everywhere” turned out to be mostly other people’s backyards. I gave up looking for one new even before I joined the Compact because it was clear the kind I was thinking of might cost hundreds of dollars. I searched at garage sales and thrift stores, on ebay and Craigslist. I saw a couple of tables that were okay, but nothing that knocked my socks off.
Then last weekend our next door neighbor had a moving sale and I was going out so I asked my husband to check if she had any tile tables. He said he was sure she didn’t because he hadn’t seen anything like that in her yard. When I came home later in the afternoon, I looked myself and sure enough, no table. But then I walked by a few hours later and saw this beauty right out on the sidewalk. She said it was kind of heavy so she hadn’t gotten around to dragging it off her back porch. I immediately fell in love with it. The tile work is exquisite, and it’s such an unusual pattern. Plus, even though I’m not a beekeeper or anything, I consider myself a friend of the bee and love to see them happily buzzing around our lavender and clover.
My neighbor wanted $50 for the table, so this wasn’t the deal of the century or anything, but I consider it a bargain because I love it, I don’t have to look for a table anymore, and I was happy to contribute to her moving fund. A huge win/win for both of us!
I just love the idea that the whole time I’ve been looking for a tile table for our backyard, this lovely was hiding about 50 yards away. I’m so happy to have it to spruce up our simple backyard decor. It’s almost time for ping pong and barbecues!
Have you ever looked for an item for years? Maybe I really am becoming more patient as I get older… Please leave your thoughts in the Comments section.