One of my new roommates has a saying whenever we needed a piece of furniture: “It will show up.”
At first it was annoying when we sat on two chairs with a round of glass-top (scavenged from the side of the road) and several cardboard boxes.
Since then, our third roommate arrived and we have completely decked out the house with thrift store finds such as my $10 desk, a $48 couch, $6 – $8 chairs, etc. One of us managed to negotiate a gorgeous long dining table for $40.
We call ourselves a “senior activist community”. Our oldest member, at 85, runs circles around us with his Tai Chi, biking, tennis, and musical practice on his recorder.
What I am learning is profound. First, together we have more for less: each of us pays $400 rent plus ~ $40 in utilities. And, second, I am amazed at the really great “stuff” we can find at Thrift stores if willing to “wait until it shows up.”
We are each adults with careers – yes, we are still working – and our own grown kids and families. So we live independently, coming together to throw a party, discuss ideas, and help each other achieve our goals. Recently we hosted a house warming with friends of each of us. The house was packed and we all had a wonderful time.
Together does bring more – more of the right kind of things that make life easier and richer.