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Pammerjo
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Update: I've been in my condo for 11 days now and I really can't believe how much I've been able to accomplish in terms of turning this place around. It's not picture perfect yet as it still needs to be painted, but now completely refurnished with new beds, new sofa and love seat, dining room table, and appliances. Again, I can't stress enough how great it was to work with Carlos Furniture. They are now my go-to guys. Is the furniture ohmygod top of the line? Nope, but it is relatively inexpensive, solid stuff and I'm really happy with it. As we will be using this place as a short term holiday rental for a few years until we retire, I don't want hugely expensive stuff in here, anyway. It has to look nice and be serviceable and that's exactly what I got.

I really want to thank you kind people for all the good advice I've received here. I was kind of panicked last week when I first arrived because **I'm from NYC and I want it NOW** *-) but I've learned that "NOW" is a tiny bit different here and I am very happy with "SOON". So far my experiences with the electricians, haulers, furniture deliverers, and various other people have been nothing but positive (and in some cases hilarious), and it's really put my mind at ease. Everyone has been kind and friendly and I sense very much a "pitch in" attitude here!!

Thanks, y'all!!
😎 Pam

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Topic starter Posted : February 13, 2016 2:05 pm
Alana33
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You're welcome.
Happy settling in.

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Posted : February 13, 2016 2:35 pm
Scubadoo
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Yeah I have Carlos STX owner's cell phone on speed dial, he knows me by name whenever I call.

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Posted : February 13, 2016 2:58 pm
islandnewbie
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Amen to that! The folks at Carlos are great and they will bargain, so don't be afraid to ask for a lower price.

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Posted : February 20, 2016 2:37 pm
singlefin
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Johad and his brother (and company) really do go above and beyond.
About a month ago we were looking for a small, round, teak table for outside. My wife said, "let's go to Carlos's."
I said, "No, their not going to have stuff like that."
Literally, within 20' of the front door, exactly what we were looking for, at half the price we expected. My wife loves telling that story, over, and over, and over again.

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Posted : February 20, 2016 2:49 pm
STTsailor
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Good info Pam,
We should start a new tread with recommended shopping and contractor contacts. I am sure we all had our share of the good, the bad and the ugly.

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Posted : February 21, 2016 3:36 pm
speee1dy
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maybe i should check them out for bookcases.

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Posted : February 21, 2016 4:24 pm
jasona
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The one thing you need to watch out for with any furniture purchased on Saint Croix (Sweet Lime being the exception) is out-gassing from the glues and finishes. The Ashley furniture pieces are some of the worst and the smell does not go away. I would especially avoid anything with an enclosed space like drawers (ex. nightstands).

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Posted : February 23, 2016 5:18 pm
watruw8ing4
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But be careful with Sweet Lime and wood furniture. Bought a beetle-ridden $ecretary there, which ended up infe$ting two room$ before we di$covered it. Co$t us a few extra thou$and in de-bugging some piece$ and buying replacement furniture. I had $ome irreplaceable vintage piece$ that ended up in the tra$h.

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Posted : February 24, 2016 11:30 am
Pammerjo
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Is Sweet Lime a furniture place? I'm on STT. I believe some of my stuff came from Carlos' warehouse on STX, but so far no issues. very happy!

on the other hand...the new microwave? eeek. I've used it ONCE to heat water...opened it last night and it was covered with itty bitty teeny weeny ants. sprayed and cleaned and nuked...checked every cupboard in my kitchen...checked cracks, sockets on walls...cannot find point of entry and they are nowhere else. Is it possible they came with the appliance? heh.

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Topic starter Posted : February 24, 2016 12:09 pm
speee1dy
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everyone gets ants. good protein too

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Posted : February 24, 2016 1:16 pm
speee1dy
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did you have sweet lime pay for the extermination

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Posted : February 24, 2016 1:17 pm
Pammerjo
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@Speee1dy....Still don't know what Sweet Lime is.

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Topic starter Posted : February 24, 2016 1:18 pm
speee1dy
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LOL, A FURNITURE STORE ON STX sorry about that

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Posted : February 24, 2016 1:20 pm
watruw8ing4
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The teeny ants responded positively for us to . . . . something. They loved Raid Ant Gel bait. I spent hours tracing their paths til we found some points of entry. But we also resealed a huge skylight and some windows. I think it was a combination. Haven't seen any in over a year. (But will soon, since I mentioned it, and jinxed myself).

As for Sweet Lime, no, they didn't pay. Part of it was it took us a long time to realize what it was, and by then the little buggers had spread to other pieces. We knew it was the secretary, since that was the only place the frass showed up at first - we thought it was left over from sanding, or that some drawers were rubbing.

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Posted : February 24, 2016 3:27 pm
speee1dy
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wow, sorry to hear that.

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Posted : February 25, 2016 1:08 pm
watruw8ing4
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Live and learn. We buy only northern hardwood and keep all wood well coated in paint or polyurethane now.

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Posted : February 25, 2016 1:19 pm
rmb2830
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I can recall seeing furniture with evidence of the powder post beetles at a place Sweetlime began their business at, about 10 or more years ago...but we had an infusion from some wicker-type furniture we bought at Brass Key...and it was a real mess. They did nothing to help us out about it either.

Can actually happen in so many things, and we know it has on stx...kitchen cabinets if they use wood from outside the US for the backs or supports, kitchen countertops if again the support wood is foreign, have even known of cabinets that came from the midwest that had to be treated. Neighbors, friends, contractors and others have told us of problems.

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Posted : February 25, 2016 2:14 pm
speee1dy
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is the brass key still open

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Posted : February 25, 2016 2:53 pm
DanielB_STX
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YES, it was open the other day!

is the brass key still open

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Posted : February 26, 2016 1:14 pm
Sauceress
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I would love to see an Angie's list of contractors (trades people) on this site. It would be so helpful.
Unfortunately I can not start it since I do not know any 🙁

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Posted : March 2, 2016 2:45 pm
AandA2VI
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WOW about Sweet Lime furniture. Never would have thought of that but it makes sense. I have a couple small things from them.

I also second the red small tube of gel ant bait. Works great for those tiny sugar ants... we call them piss ants. They really don't bother me anymore at all since they don't bite. I still have a fire ant issue but they've stayed outside so far since last time when I came home from vacation to find them swarming my house. Sprayed and they never came back inside.

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Posted : March 2, 2016 10:52 pm
Alana33
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The liquid gel bait, Terro, works great for sugar ants.
Home Depot has it.
The bait traps in the small plastic squares did nothing.
The ants weren't interested in the least but within days the Terro had worked, marvelously.

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Posted : March 2, 2016 11:03 pm
Dante
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The liquid gel bait, Terro, works great for sugar ants.
Home Depot has it.
The bait traps in the small plastic squares did nothing.
The ants weren't interested in the least but within days the Terro had worked, marvelously.

Terro is awesome !

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Posted : March 2, 2016 11:08 pm
Alana33
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In my old house, we had sugar ants and couldn't figure out where they were coming from pre Hurricane Marilyn. During some renovations afterwards, we discovered that they had a nest behind the electrical panel in the wall in kitchen. Apparently, they liked the dryness and heat conducted by the wires. We replaced panel box (we were going to, anyway), got rid of nest and never saw a sugar ant, again, in that house.

They're more of a nuisance than anything else.

When I bought my current home, I literally could not put a dog dish on the floor. Red ants would march in, from outside, to swarm the dog food. With 5 dogs, that was a hell of a lot of ants and not good for dogs getting stung when they ate.
I ended up calling an exterminator for that problem. It was resolved and never had an invasion, again.

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Posted : March 2, 2016 11:29 pm
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