Do you remember the first piece of furniture you ever owned? Perhaps it was a hand-me-down from a family member, something to make your dorm room a little more cozy. Maybe you bought a table with some of the money you earned from your first "real" job. For me, it was a mission style futon, which I bought in 1997. Even though the purchase was years ago, I remember two things about it: the funky plaid print and that I spent way more than I should have on that ridiculous monstrosity.
I wish Furniture Phases would have been around back then. The Appleton business sells gently used furniture and home décor items bought on consignment. There's a huge assortment to choose from in the 9,000-sq.-ft. showroom, and it's constantly changing. I was amazed at the quality of the inventory and even more amazed by the prices when I recently visited. To learn more about owner Marcia Smick's philosophy on the subject, turn to page 50.
On the subject of phases...
If you recall, a couple months ago I told you I'd be running a half marathon. Today, as I write this, I've happily completed my first 13.1-mile race.
Was it easy? Hardly. (The 25+MPH winds were a real challenge.) Was it fun? Now that I've had a few hours to process the whole thing, I'd say yes. The crowd support was encouraging and I met some great people. Then, accomplishing something I set my mind to is a pretty great reward in and of itself.
Over the past few months I diligently prepared for the race by following a training plan — basically putting one foot in front of the other, repeating as necessary. It was time consuming, often frustrating and sometimes boring. But in the end it was totally worth it.
I've come to really love running. I know that's not a phase. As for running another half or even a full marathon, the jury's still out...
Never say never.