Living off the List

Holy mackerel, y’all, I’ve been scoring some legit finds down here in the land of the pines. My friend craig has yet to let me down for furniture finds, and I’m happy to tell ya that I’ve had my fair share of lady luck down here when it comes to scoring thrifted furniture via craigslist. For that matter, I’ve done pretty darn good all around. So a big fat thank you to the state of North Carolina.

If y’all follow me on instagram, you’ll remember that I started out my thrifting finds strong scoring this set of antique end tables for $30. Yep, that’s right. The both of them for 3-0 dollar bills. I’m still smiling from ear to ear on that one. I’m thinking right now that these will work best in our Master Bedroom.

Antique End Tables

I kept my streak going with my second purchase. See these little beauties. I paid a whopping $25 for both of them. Whaaaattt?

Slipcovered Dining Chairs

They do have some stains on them, but I’m considering looking for a steam cleaner on craigslist to touch them up a bit! Overall, for $12.50 each, I’m kinda sorta ok with a few smudges on these little beauties. The pattern is super neutral (a soft gray stripe), so they’ll definitely go with the the decor we’re looking to incorporate into the space. The entire ride home in the car I just kept looking at Jay and a crazy old grin on my face. A $12 chair will did that too ya. 😉

Here is a close up, so you can see some of the discoloring…

How To Remove Stains On Chairs

Any thoughts out there with you guys? Do y’all think the steam cleaner would work? Do spill the beans if anyone knows of a good secret! :)

I’m trying to piece our living room together as well, and when I spotted a set of (2) matching antique sidetables for $100, I jumped on it.

Antique Side Table

I love their coloring, and they’re in immaculate condition, to boot.

Since I never really had a dedicated office space before this house, I also had to hunt for a new desk/work surface so that I had a work station in the new abode. Check out this lovely looker… hubba, hubba!! I bat my eyelashes at this bad boy big time every time I walk into our living room these days. Eventually the desk will get moved back upstairs to the office area, but for now it functions well as a mail drop location and general junk collector :)

Bamboo Desk Legs

Here’s an up close shot of the leg detail, casters included. YUM.

Faux Bamboo Desk

Flanking the desk right now (not their permanent home…) are two sweet little rattan chairs. I love how unique and different these ones are. I paid $100 for both of them, which was a bit of a splurge for me, but they’re in great condition and I think once I pop some throw pillows on them that they’ll be perfect for extra seating when we have guests over. Plus, they’re so pretty to look at I can barely stand it.

Vintage Bamboo Chairs

I’m actually quite prone to losing things (I think it’s because my mind is constantly going, going, gone), so when I spotted this sweet little bowl at a local thrift shop for a buck, I knew right away that it would be the perfect spot for me to drop the keys so I could keep track of their locale in the future. I fell in love with the vase behind it at the same thrift store. I seriously can’t wait for our house to be put together enough that I can actually think about putting flowers in vases – to have a dream, my friends.

Blue and White Vase

It must be the Michigan blood in me, but I actually picked up a throw blanket at the goodwill last week. It was 93 degrees last week. Yeah, I think that qualifies as crazy. Since I’m a blanket addict though, I think that it will be a perfect addition come the cooler fall temps :)

And here it comes, the best for last you guys. This was a drop everything and run type of deal … I got three $800 chairs, for $500 – for all three!! The previous buyer paid $800 each for these little beauties and they had really just been sitting in her house basically untouched. They are literally in perfect condition.

Cardiff Pottery Barn Chair

It’s hard to tell without our couch in if these will mesh well with our existing furniture, but for that price, I figured it was worth the risk, since I could always resell them if it lands up they don’t work out. Since they are nice upholstered chairs though, I’ve really got my fingers crossed that these work!

Pottery Barn Cardiff Chair

Now craigslist is the gift that keeps giving as far as I’m concerned, since now that we’re moved into our new joint, I have stuff I can sell! 😀 Just like with our last house, we decided that since we’d be updating the appliances with the new kitchen overhaul, that it made sense to list our old appliances on craigslist to see if we could get some dough.

Winner, winner chicken dinner. Sold every single one – including the fridge that dated back to the flower power days. Groovy, man. In total, we got just over $600 for all our appliances, which considering the fact that they were quasi old (except the oven, which was brand new), I’m pretty happy with that.

Anyone else score some craigslist or thrifting finds as of late? I’d love to hear about your finds!

 

12 thoughts on “Living off the List

  1. Wow – you got an AWESOME deal for those Pottery Barn chairs! If you end up not needing one I’d be happy to take it off your hands. 😉

    I didn’t get any furniture/decor-related thrift finds lately, but I did snag a bike trailer for half the price of a new one off of Craigslist!

  2. Hi Mary. I don’t know if you tried this before, but I’ve used Folex instant Carpet Spot Remover to clean up upholstery. I think I first saw it on Centsational Girl. It has cleaned up rust and kitty sickness from a light colored carpet. Blood on my sofa from a son’s soccer injury and even grass/mud stains from my daughter’s expensive satin homecoming heels (they wanted to take pictures by the water’s edge and she sank into the lawn walking out there). I purchased mine from Lowes. $4.20 for 1 qt.

    Worth a shot?

    Just found your blog and I am enjoying it very much. A suggestion for you -It would be nice if you could include the year in your date stamps of your entries. As I am clicking around to different entries suggested on the bottom of the blog, I have to read some comments to determine how recent they are.

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