One of mine is the time I pulled an AWESOME old chair off the side of the road for FREE. And then I had it reupholstered. Hmmmmm. Somehow my free chair ended up costing a lot of money. Yes, the chair was antique. That was awesome. But it wasn't really affordable when all was said and done. I have a similar chair waiting in my garage for me to slipcover it....it would likely be less expensive for me to just go to the furniture store and buy a new chair.
I seem to always have a chair like that in my life. I have learned that sometimes it is better to pay full price. Especially if my time is to be factored in.