Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Mattress Adventure

Matt and I have been living with hand-me-down mattresses since we got married--soon to be five years!  In fact, our first bed and mattress were Matt's childhood set.  A full size bed with a ten-year-old mattress.  It was a bit small, but it worked for two poor, newly-weds.  It was sold during our massive possession purge to another poor, newly-wed couple.  At least I hope they were wed.

Moving to York, with my in-laws, landed us with their beautiful king size bed--an oriental with two-toned wood.  Wow. It was amazing. King size was amazing.  "Matt, where are you?"  I can't find you! Oh well,  I'll just enjoy my own space.  The mattress, on the other hand, was not so amazing.  Just an old, firm mattress that made my back hurt every morning when I woke up.

Next up was our 450 square foot, furnished Italian flat provided us with two institutional twin beds (read: no box spring, just a firm european mattress made up with two flat sheets and a wool blanket) that could be pushed together to make a "matrimonial".  The  crack, which opened of its own accord, did not prove to be very comfortable.

After returning to York and making morning back stretches a part of my routine again, we made a firm resolution that our first purchase for the new home would be an awesome mattress set.  Even if we had to skimp on the bedroom furniture to make it happen, we would splurge on the mattresses.

I'd been half-heartedly researching mattresses, looking through deals, and trying to make sense of the ridiculous nomenclature that changed for every retail store and brand.  I had no idea how to compare them and it was a purchase that we couldn't afford to get wrong.  Craigslist to the rescue.  An advertisement for Sealy Posturepedic pillowtop mattresses brand new, in plastic.  For sale because they had been staged in model homes and were no longer needed.  Delivery available.  Hmm...on a whim, I picked up on the phone and called.  I would have been skeptical about it, but when Jeff answered, he was just so nice and sounded so trustworthy.  My bargain instincts told me this was worth the risk.  And really, the risk was actually pretty low.  The delivery guys would bring two (of my choice) mattresses, picking from plush, ultra plush, pillowtop, and something else, we'd be free to try them out and buy one with cash if we liked it.  if we didn't like either we paid them $15 for their time and they were on their way.  They would come in two days between 9-11am.  And two guys showed up at 9:05am with two mattresses for us to try, on our driveway.  Aside from feeling very sheepish at lounging on two mattress in the shared condo driveway, it went well.  I clearly like the pillowtop over the regular one.  A bit of google research showed that they were top of the line mattresses, so I decided to be impulsive for once and take the risk.  So they hauled it upstairs, we forked over $550 in cash, and that easy, we made our first purchase for our new home--an ultra plush euro pillowtop mattress set.

We'll be sleeping on it tonight.  I'll let you know if it was a mistake or not...

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