Fuck Your Couch

When we bought The Cottage, the previous owners, an 80-something year old couple who were downsizing after 54 years in the house and moving into an apartment across town, invited us over as they packed, to show us some of their unwanted belongings before throwing them out for Spring Clean Up.

From among the items they offered we ended up keeping a number of wonderful old real-wood real-metal tools, about six watering cans, a small charcoal grill we still haven’t used, 2 desks, 5 real metal filing cabinets, and an old off-white fold out couch.

Starting off our life together with relatively little property, we gladly accepted the sofa.

And then we moved in. As our belongings began to comfortably fill our new abode, we realized quickly that the couch the old owners had left behind was not to our taste. It was old, grubby, and, as we found we already had quite a lot of seating, we really didn’t need it.

After a failed attempt to donate it to a local theatre, we realized why it had been left for us in the first place.

We couldn’t get it out of the basement.

The former owners had among them a contractor, who had built himself a finished room downstairs. Presumably around the ugly might-once-have-been-white sofa.

So it sat there. And waited.

And then! On Monday, I happened to catch a tweet from the BPU stating that this week was Fall Clean Up, and large items could be set out on our usual trash day.

Eureka! It was time.

So last night Nerdboy and I preceded a hot soapy shower with the dismantling of the cobweb and dust filled monstrosity. Piece by piece we carried it out to the curb. Within minutes, when we were maybe halfway through the carriage, the metal bed-frame was claimed in a flash by an industrious couple searching for scraps to turn in for cash. 

This morning, a few other items we set out had also disappeared – a framed Father’s Day poem, a metal eagle wall ornament (one of 7 that came with the house), and the ugliest patriotic lamp I’ve ever seen – when the BPU guys came to collect the fugly sofa. I watched it go. They’re an excellent team!

And this weekend we can clean the carpet and finally get that room rearranged! 




2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Goldie
    Sep 10, 2014 @ 15:50:18

    Ha ha ha! This picture and caption made me laugh. I bet it felt satisfying watching it leave!x



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