In for a Penny, In for a Rug


January 9, 2018 by phicks2012

My bathroom floor on the kitchen level is tiled, and the tile is really cool. I like it a lot. On the other hand, I don’t always feel overly inclined to wear shoes, and in the winter tile can be COLD on bare feet. Trust me on this!

This is especially true if you tend — as I do for reasons of fiscal economy — to wait for late December to turn on the heat, and even then to leave your thermostat set at around 60-degrees. I also have a “heat exchange” system, with the furnace drawing its heat from the hot water heaters. It was supposed to be more “efficient”, according to my original contractor “Shifty Jim”, but it absolutely is not, and when the heat’s on downstairs there’s rarely hot water in the kitchen, or in the bathroom I previously mentioned. I suppose it’s worth the trade-off to have heat….mostly, but not entirely.

In any case, I put a couple of area rugs in the bathroom, and the 3’x5′ in front of the sink is fine. It’s an oriental pattern that’s heavy enough to stay in place, but the rug I had in front of the toilet wasn’t. It was attractive, but lightweight enough that it was constantly moving around and rolling or bunching up, so I decided I wanted to get a 2’x3′ replacement rug for that area that maybe sort of matched the other rug.

Okay, so I knew THAT wasn’t going to happen. I mean, matching is rarely, if ever, possible, but I figured I ought to be able to get a little oriental print rug in mostly black and tan that would be reasonably close. So I went on several web sites, and found a number of passable options, all in the $25-$35 dollar range. Hey! Not being a “rug snob”, I wasn’t looking for a more expensive rug to go in front of a toilet! That would be sort of like buying a solid gold trashcan!

But then I checked, and found another alternative. It was the right size, and it was roughly the right combination of colors. It wasn’t “impressive”, and didn’t really look as good as the rugs I’d seen on or other sites, but then I checked the price. OMG!!

You just don’t expect to see a 2’x3′ oriental pattern area rug priced at $.01. That’s right. 1-Cent. The shipping and handling were around $7, but even so….really??? There was no way I could pass that up. I mean, if nothing else I could get on line and boast, like I’m doing right now, about getting an area rug for a penny!!

So I got my penny rug, and it fit perfectly where I intended to place it, and while it wasn’t a “match” for the other rug it was close enough for government work. It didn’t look expensive (see photo), but “in for a penny, in for a….rug”, right?

4 thoughts on “In for a Penny, In for a Rug

  1. Donnalee says:

    That sounds like a score. I save angst and expense by wearing a decent pair of slippers and socks in winter, and that carries the ‘carpet’ with me all over the friggin freezin wood and tile floors. I know what you mean about heating costs–we have baseboard heating, which in theory is decent, and in practice is kept down at about 50` because it all costs money and this is a drafty house even with plastic over windows etc., and I am stingey with the pellet stove if fuel is running low. I read about system recently that takes the heat from the indoor air to heat the water or furnace, but if you are using the system to supply heat, it sounds self-cannibalising and dopey to me–maybe I am missing a detail in there! I guess we all do our best. Good luck to you–

    • phicks2012 says:

      Yeah, the system’s not very efficient. That’s one of MANY reasons why I refer to my original contractor as “Shifty Jim”. 😉

      • Donnalee says:

        Yup, I did catch that. Right this second our little area of boonietown turned off all the water without telling us, presumably since it just rained heavily and they had left their best screwdriver somewhere and it got washed into something crucial. Oh well–at least we are not using the hot-water heat this minute, although the washing machine was going. I hope I remember to turn it back on when the water comes back…

      • phicks2012 says:

        How thoughtful of them! I mean, God only knows where that screwdriver might have wound up without timely intervention!!

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