This is my house to start relatively fresh – to search for pieces I love instead instead of searching for pieces I need. And what I love is usually a bit dirty, scratched up and often in need of a little TLC. I have found some of my very favorite things at auctions and estate sales so you would think I would have found Craigslist sooner. But alas I did not and a few shiny, regrettable purchases were made in the interim. I am back on track now and here are some of my favorite finds:
An unlaquered (key word) brass bed! I am especially excited about this one as we have been sleeping on a flimsy bed frame with no head or footboards which screams – you are too old to be living like you are in a dorm room – to me. There are a million brass beds on Craigslist, eBay and in secondhand shops as they fell out of favor for a very long time. There is a slight resurgence but ever so slight such that there are still wonderful deals to be had out there.
The seller was a baby boomer downsizing and bought this bed in the 1970s when most every other brass bed, outside the Victorian era, was bought. I jumped on this one because it is aged brass and not laquered brass. The seller was disappointed to hear that I would not be shining it up. Instead it got a good bath with soap and water to preserve the finish.
Next up are my andirons. If I were a collector which I am not in the least bit, I would collect andirons! Ever done a search on 1stdibs for them? Gorgeous! I found these guys on Craigslist but the seller was also selling them on ebay or less so guess where I bought them? They are in the midst of getting a good cleaning and I am going to polish these up unlike the bed as the lions deserve a bit more of a fuss.
So back to the bed for a minute. But ignore that unmade bed and notice the velvet tufted bench at the foot. That was a Craigslist find as well. It is a custom Lee Industries piece that was only a year old when the owners decided to downsize. Baby boomers again. It retails for well over $2000 and I got it for a song.
And, these chairs came home with us last week. There are two and they are Hickory Chair marked 1961. They are in perfect condition and even have casters on the feet – my favorite! At some point, I will have the seats recovered but for now they will be out on the porch and are just perfect there as they can even be pulled up to the ends of the table for more seating.
There’s the chair just peeking out over the table’s end.
And, maybe my favorite purchase are these Hickory White tiger maple veneer end tables. Pictured is one but I was able to snag the pair from a pretty brownstone in Philly. The brass feet were the icing on the cake.
I finally feel comfortable navigating Craigslist and have found there are some tricks to the search and recovery process.
- Misspell what you are looking for. If you are looking for a settee also look for a sete, a sette and a seitee – you will be surprised what pops up.
- If you are looking for a French chair don’t assume your seller knows it is French, search under every kind of chair you have the patience for and your French Bergere may just pop up under blue chair afterall.
- Once you have found your item, leave the seller a message and include your cell phone number as apparently they receive all sorts of spam and scammer messages.
- Take a friend or spouse or sister and go in your workout best. Wear running shoes should you find yourself having to run for your life (half joking).
Merry Christmas, everyone!