Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Bargain cruising on Craigslist

If you haven't noticed by now, I am a big bargain shopper and have a hard time paying full price in stores,
which is why I am always checking out Craigslist for bargains and unique pieces.

Here are a few things for sale that I spotted this week on the website in the Fairfield County/NYC area with their respective links:

How cute would this table and chairs be in a small kitchen or apartment?
I think the paint color is mint, which I love.
It also helps that it is merchandised so cute with the flowers and teacups.

I was sold at the nail head trim on this bench.
It would look nice in a mud room, at the foot of a bed, or as seating around a dining table.

Another mint-colored piece.
This would be great in a bathroom or even a kitchen to hold plates, glasses, or jars.

I like the lines of this dresser and how the finish is a little shabby chic.
You could even change the knobs out for some unique ones from Anthropologie.

Ignoring the pixelated quality of this photo, I think this two-toned table is pretty cool for a dining room.

And there are always some finds that require a little more imagination, like this spindle bed.
If you turn your head to the left, and imagine a different duvet and a less cluttered nightstand, this bed would be so cute in a little kid's room or a guest room.

The same goes for this chair.
I like the shape but would maybe stain or paint it and then recover the cushion in a really fun fabric:

This bar cart reminds me of the one we have on our porch.
The natural wood is nice but a fresh coat of paint in a fun color like red could make it really great.

This armoire has nice lines but I bet some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in a graphite color would look awesome, sort of like this DIY painted armoire from Emily A. Clark's blog.

Lastly, just some tips I follow when looking for furniture on Craigslist...

1. Try searching with keywords like "rustic", "shabby chic", "reclaimed".
That's how I came across most of the above pieces in my search.
2. Search in towns that typically have really nice homes.
Usually they have really nice things.
3. When you find something you like but you want to negotiate, try asking if they can do any better on the price.
I like phrasing it that way because it is not too pushy.
4. Lastly, it doesn't hurt to check out the "free" section on Craigslist
You know what they say..."one man's junk is another man's treasure".

Thanks for reading!
- Caitlin

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