A couple of years ago when I decided to give the family room a lick of paint and a "refresh" (loosely translated as lets paint over the handprints on the grubby walls) - I decided to replace our old, broken Wesco Kickmaster bin with another one. It was a nice looking bin in a nice inoffensive almond (cream) shade. I used to get compliments about this bin and I know it's a little bit sad and needy to resort to buying a specific bin just to keep the compliments coming but it does kind of go to your head, you know, having a cool bin.
picture : achica.com
Ours gave up the ghost after several years but I think I must have been premenstrual when I thought a blackberry (ribena purple) Wesco bin was the way to go. I can look back now - hindsight is wonderful I hear - but where were you when I was purchasing this blackberry coloured bin?
picture : johnlewis.com
Look how lovely and blackberry shiny this is - you'd buy it too wouldn't you?
What made me choose this colour in the first place? Somebody pointed out that I had a framed picture with purpley tones in it - nothing more, nothing less. But it was enough for me to think that a blackberry coloured bin was the way to go. Doh
The bin had to go. It went back in its very big box and in to the garage and I muttered something about ebaying it back out. I went out the next day to Argos and bought a big functional cream bin which did the job it needed to do. For a fraction of the price. But no one compliments me on this bin.
Firstly. Lesson learned.
If it's not broke - don't try to fix it. Meaning the cream Wesco was brilliant. I should have just got another. Do not be swayed by other people's remarks and suggestions. Do not let them sow the seeds in your mind that you need a purple Wesco bin and not a classic not in your face cream Wesco bin. Because that would be a big mistake. And not is it just a big mistake - it's also a very big, expensive, glaringly obviously purple mistake.
Secondly. For Sale.
One lovely and highly desirable Blackberry 33L Kickmaster Wesco Bin. Currently retailing for oodles in John Lewis. All sensible offers considered but you have to cart it away yourself :o) Yes - 2 years later - it's still in the garage awaiting it's Ebay turn in the queue.