Ukraine enjoyed a 4 day weekend that ended on Wednesday. So, I took the opportunity to get out and look at some furniture. I am praying about getting a new couch for my living room, but after what I saw, it may be a while!
I am a traditionalist when it comes to furniture. I like simple, nothing too modern and definitely no wild patterns. It should be comfy enough for me to take a Sunday afternoon nap on occasion.
I found a store that I had never been to before, so I took a look. It was a big store, with 3 stories of furniture. On the 1st floor, I found the best couch. No wild patterns, subdued color (dark brown) and very comfy. It even had a matching recliner.
She explained to me that the couch did make out into a bed, but not the usual Ukrainian way. This intrigued me so I raised one of the cushions and found it folded out just like most couches in America.
There wasn’t a price tag on the furniture and that should have been my first clue! All the other pieces in the area did. So, I asked how much it was. She said she would have to look. She got on the phone and called someone (also not a good sign). After a few minutes, she came and said 25. Well, I know enough about Russian numbers that I knew what she meant, but I wanted her to spell it out for me!
So, I asked her again. She said 25. So, I asked 25,000 UAH and she said yes. Then, she said, “I might could give you a discount.” Does some figuring on her calculator and then says, 24. 24,000 UAH for a great, comfortable couch. That happens to be over $3,000.
I smiled and thanked her. Walking away I was already dreaming of the missed naps on that comfy couch.