Shelve that idea

Remember how I mentioned we moved?

Right. Well, we did.

And our new house is, um, significantly larger than our last place.

Which is great.

But it also means that we have had some furniture needs, so I've been perusing craigslist more often than before. We've found ourselves a dining table and chairs, a pair of couches and a desk. The next thing on the list is a bookshelf or two.

But here's the thing. When you're looking for a couch, you type in couch and you'll find all the couches. You want a dining table? Great, search for table and you'll find tons. Granted, some people think they are dinning tables, but whatev. Desk? You guessed it, enter desk in that handy search box and you're golden.

But shelves? Not so much.

See, some people refer to one as a bookshelf, while others call it a set of bookshelves. Some, a book shelf; others, book shelves. Still more identify it as a book case, others a bookcase. And then there are those really special people who think that the singular form of shelves is shelve. Which is word, but a verb, not a noun. And bookshelve is just not a word. Despite what some folks apparently think.

So you see my dilemma? I can't just enter one search word and be on my merry way. I have to look through each and every possible iteration of book + shelf, shelves, case, cases (oo, haven't tried that one yet) with and without the space.

It's enough to drive a girl insane.

And only slightly less obnoxious is this: I finally found the "bookshelves" we're looking for, only to find out that they are in Lake Stevens. Over an hour away. Lame.


Rachael said...

I have found that, too. If you happen to want Ikea shelves, you could search by their specific name (Billy, Expedit, etc)...just a thought.

Lisa C said...

I have had the same problem with buying "shelves"! I had issues with buying couches though, too. For example, how is that huge floral print ugly couch really only purchased 3 years ago? Do they really make those still? Or, your couch is not "vintage", it is just old. Have you tried subscribing to craigslist feeds? It's the only way we got our nice, not "vintage", couch before other people.

Amber said...

It's even worse when what you want doesn't have a name. For example, we want something to fit along the wall that doesn't stick out too far and has storage. Buffet? cabinet? sideboard? I don't know what to call it and it's so hard to look on Craigslist for something when you don't know its name.