Local Craiglist Finds and How to Use Them

Hi all.  I have been perusing Craiglist lately looking for nightstands for our master bedroom.  That’s the thing about Craigslist; you can find the most amazing finds, but sometimes it can take FOREVER to find the right piece.  So, while looking at my local Craigslist, I found a few steals that would sooo make the perfect look for less.  I also included inspiration pictures to help you visualize these treasures in the making.

First up is this this amazing burl wood table.  Doesn’t look like much in the photo, but take one look at the inspiration photo and your heart will skip a beat.

If anyone local buys the table, let me tell you, I am officially jealous.

Up next is this this vintage secretary.  Since we are doing master bedroom makeover, I have been looking for ways to minimize the clutter caused by my home office (which currently resides in my bedroom!!).  I have been eyeing secretaries as there is a desk, but also ample storage.

Here is the inspiration photo.  I love how Kristin at the Hunted Interior and Cassie from Hi Sugarplum who collaborated on this space, used such a traditional piece around bold color and modern touches.

A search on Craigslist wouldn’t be complete without a search for faux bamboo goodies.This nightstand would be fun kept red or painted.

 

 

 

Last but not least, is this campaign dresser that to be honest, looks pretty blah!  You have to envision it with polished brass hardware and a shiny coat of paint like in the photo below.

 

Have you found anything good on Craigslist lately?  The key is to look every day and have saved searches that automatically email you when it finds a match.  Hopefully, my nightstands will turn up soon 🙂

xoxo,

 

The 5 Best Places to Shop for Antiques

Hi friends!  I have been lucky to decorate my home with a lot of vintage finds that I found various places. The key to having a collected home is to mix the old with the new.  As tempting as it is to order an entire room from Ballard Designs or Pottery Barn, such rooms look off and lack character and charm. Adding a few vintage elements to a space help to tell your story and give the space a collected feel. Here are my top 5 sources for finding those unique finds.

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Craigslist:  If you are willing to wait, search hard for what you want, and even travel, Craigslist is a great source for decor and antiques for a steal.  First, ensure you are using the proper search terms to find what you are looking for.  Also, if it is a very general category, such as a rug, you may want to specify a color or country of origin, or use the term “vintage” to help you narrow the search results.  Second, always use the “gallery” mode when viewing your search results. Craigslist gives you the option of a list, thumb or gallery in the top left hand corner of your results. The gallery mode lets you see the pictures before you click on the item, so you can easily scroll and eliminate items that you are not interested. Third, in the top right hand corner you can “save search.”  If you select this, Craigslist will email you every time a new item that meets your search criteria is posted. It is important that your search is as specific as possible because if you just search for “rug” you are going to get 100 emails from Craigslist every day.  Finally, be willing to travel.  I create my Craigslist searches so that it also searches areas nearby my city.  One of my favorite finds to date is this vintage Hollywood Regency faux bamboo mirror that I traveled to San Francisco to pick up.

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Chairish:  Chairish is like Ebay for the design lover.  Since larger furniture items can be very expensive to ship, I like to narrow my search results by city so that I can opt for local pickup which costs you nada! You can search by category or design style, so there is something for everyone. I also follow a couple of local dealers and I am sent email updates when they have new items.  I was recently able to score a set of mongolian fur pillows that were in like-new condition for about half the price.

Estate Sales:  In my local neighborhood, estate sales can be a gold mine.  One of my main tips is to get on the email list for the various estate sale companies in your neighborhood.  Most send out e-mails about dates, times, locations, and photos of the items.  Seeing the items in advance can help you decide if it is worth your while and if you want to show up super early to snag a certain item.  Next, be prepared to wait in line.  At some of the sales in my neighborhood, a line starts to form hours before the sale starts.  I am starting to find that many of the local thrift and vintage boutiques shop these sales and arrive the night before to ensure they get the items on their list.  Also, get a babysitter and leave the kids behind. Many sales do not allow children and even if they do, you want to take your time going through the items.  You don’t want to feel rushed or distracted.  You can also try local garage sales, but to be honest, I have rarely found anything good at these sales.

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Antique Faires:  These can be such a wonderful source for treasured antiques.  They also make the perfect Sunday date or girls day.  I am fortunate that here in Sacramento, we have a large Antique faire the second Sunday of every month.  I usually go every month, except if it is really cold!  The key to going to these, similar to estate sales, is to not have anything specific in mind. Also, while some vendors accept credit cards, it is best to have cash.  Finally, prepare to negotiate. Most vendors will accept fair offers, so bust out those negotiation skills.

I am always trying to add new sources for antiques to my source book.  I recently stumbled upon a site called Invaluable.  They are an online auction platform that connects people anywhere in the world to auctions occurring in real-time.  Apparently, they do this by partnering with thousands of auction houses globally.  So, if you don’t have a large selection for antiques locally, Invaluable might be a great resource. They have a blog where they just posed about the best U.S towns for summer antiquing, so head on over to see if your town is on the list.

Right now, I am looking for a vintage crystal chandelier like this one.

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They are so beautiful and make such an impact.  It is the perfect piece to try and mix in with more modern elements or to top off a traditional room.  The key to shopping for antiques and vintage items is to be patient.  Always have the items in the back your mind and if you are patient and keep searching, your treasure will eventually turn up.  That is part of the fun, right?

Where are your favorite places to shop for antiques and vintage items?  Please share your sources in the comments!!

xoxo,

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Where I Have Been and a Decor Score

Hi my lovely readers!  I know, it has been ages since I wrote a blog  post.  As some of you may know, my job which is supposed to be part-time has been more full-time lately.  I have also been studying for a national certification exam that has taken every moment of my spare time.  I apologize!

Well, the good news is that I PASSED my exam.  Whew!!  I really put in a lot of hours at the end because lord knows I did not want to take the darn test again.

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Well, I think all of my hard work was rewarded because a few days after I took the test, my dear friend Shavonda from SGStyle texted me about an amazing set of vintage Thomasville faux bamboo furniture for sale for a steal on Craigslist.  The entire set, which included a dining table, four chairs, a china hutch and a buffet was only $400.  The problem was that I did not need all of the furniture.  Well, it turned out that Shavonda had a friend who wanted the chairs and I wanted the table and hutch, so Shavonda took the buffet and we were ready to roll.

Here are photos of the hutch (sorry for the photo quality but I took them on my phone.)

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I am in love with it!!  I am going to live with it in this color for a while and see if I want to paint it.  I also found some faux bamboo dining chairs that I haven’t had time to post about, but I am going to have a totally new dining room!!  My husband officially wins husband of the year award because he helped me move all of this furniture and even drove three hours to get me the faux bamboo chairs.  He seriously thinks I am crazy, but I don’t care. I can’t pass up a vintage decor steal.

I hope you have all been doing well and I am definitely going to be posting more regularly now that my test is over!

xoxo,

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My Latest Finds and Where I am Featured Today

Happy Tuesday everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day.

Today, I wanted to share with you some of my latest thrifted treasures.  As you can see below, apparently I am really crushing on brass.

First up, is a pair of brass peacocks I found at the antique faire for only $30.  They were in great condition and sets like them sell for hundreds on sites like Chairish and Ebay.

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Next up is a set of pyrite (aka “Fools Gold”).  I have been on the hunt for some so I can make some custom knobs.

I apologize for the blurriness of some of these photos, but I think I may have broken my camera. Don’t tell my husband 🙂

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Finally, I found these adorable brass swans at an estate sale for $2.  They made the mama and papa swans I already own so happy.  Their family is now complete!

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So there you have it!  I hope brass stays popular for a while as I am up to my ears in it.

Also, today I am being interviewed by Dagmara at Glamista Home.  Head on  over and check it out.  You should also check out Glamista Home.  She is all about glamour and is right up my alley!

xoxo

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Treasure Hunting Finds

Hi everyone!

Over the weekend, I spent the most enjoyable day searching for treasures at the Alameda Antique Faire.  It was a gorgeous day with beautiful views of San Francisco across the bay!  I went with Shavonda from SG Style and Katrina from Chic Little House and we had the best day! It is the first Sunday of every month and I will definitely be going back again.

Here is my loot.

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I think my favorite find was the pink rattan stool.  It was only $15 and I think I am going to use it as a foot stool in my little one’s big girl room.  I picked up some books for $2.00 each in pink colorways to go in her room as well.  I also added another ginger jar to my collection.  I can’t get enough blue and white ceramics.  I found some prints in bamboo frames that I will probably use just for the frame and maybe frame some Chinoiserie wallpaper.  Finally, I found a fun gold planter with lion head pulls that I thought would be a perfect fit for the fiddle leaf fig plant I FINALLY found at Home Depot.  You can read about my fondness and search for this plant here. I think it looks great!

Overall, the day was a total success.  Only bummer was getting up at 4:30 a.m. to get to Alameda by 6:30, but it was totally worth it!!

Have you found any good treasures or thrift store finds lately?

Happy Monday y’all!

xoxo

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Chinoiserie Style: Blue and White Porcelain

In tend to gravitate toward more traditional design, and the classic combination of blue and white is no exception.  In particular, I am drawn to blue and white pottery (also known as ginger jars and happiness pots).  They are really fun to collect as each piece is unique.  Group them together on a table or bookshelf and you have instant elegance and sophistication.  They also work well in many different color schemes from black and white, to red, to green.

A real antique ginger jar or happiness pot will set you back big bucks.  The good news is there are reproductions all over the place.  I have found some of my pieces at thrift stores, and very inexpensively at stores like Homegoods and Ross.  Online retailers Ballard Designs and Wisteria also have reproductions of these timeless beauties.

Here is my take on this classic collectible.  See below how other designers have incorporated them into their decor.

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I am drooling over this outdoor living room.  Can you imagine decorating like that outdoors?


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I love the photo below because the modern lucite table is such a nice juxtopostion against the traditional blue and white porcelain.


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What do you think?  Do you decorate with blue and white?  With elements of Chinoiserie?  I think it is such a fun thing to collect and they don’t have to be matchy matchy to make a statement!

Have a wonderful Monday!  xoxo

Linking up to the Blue and White bash over at The Pink Pagoda.

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My First Craigslist Find!!

Over the years I have listened enviously to the stories of friends and other bloggers who score these amazing finds on Craigslist.  I myself have never had much luck.  Don’t get me wrong, I have sold a ton of things on Craigslist, but I had never bought anything.  I have always chalked it up to the fact that I do not search Craigslist everyday or that my area just did not have good selection. That was until last week.

I have been in search of a bigger dresser for my bedroom.  I had a small, vertical dresser that did not provide enough storage and did not fit my space well.  I was looking for a low, horizontal eight drawer dresser.  I had looked and looked and was almost about to compromise by getting an Ikea dresser and hacking it, when I found this vintage Henredon dresser.

It was $200 and came with two of the most amazing mirrors that I show below.  It is so well-built and the drawers are sturdy and provide so much storage.  I plan to immediately change out the hardware and possibly paint it down the road.  So many other projects on the top of the list right now!
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Here are the mirrors.  They are vintage faux bamboo mirrors and I love them.  As you can see below, similar mirrors start at about $200.  I would have paid $200 for the mirrors alone.  They were such a bonus to scoring the dresser.  They are a tad boring for my taste so I plan to lacquer them a fun shiny color down the road.

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I have seen similar mirrors for around $200-800.  I just saw these two mirrors on Charish.  The first one is $200 and the second is $875!

 

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Chairish: Craigslist With Only The Good Stuff

Have you heard about the app and website called Chairish?  It is an online consignment marketplace for the design obsessed.  It is basically a Craigslist or Ebay with only the good stuff. You can make an offer or buy the item now.

I am always on the lookout for new design sources, so I am super excited about this.  You can score gently used vintage finds for a fraction of the cost!

You can search by location and for those of us in Northern California, there are many selections available in the San Francisco bay area so you can do local pickup!  Here are some of my favorite finds that are available as of today’s post.

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A Cinderella Story

When we first moved into our home I found this mirror in our garage that had been left by the prior owner.  It was dirty, dusty, a hideous tone of wood, and frankly quite ugly.  Like Cinderella it had been banished to the garage to waste away, its beauty never to be seen again.

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Uggo I know!

However, it had good bones.  It had a nice shape and had some detailed carve work on it.  Being the Fairy Godmother I am, I thought maybe some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint could give it some charm and restore it to its former beauty.

Bibbidi BobbidiBoo with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey and some gold rub and buff, I transformed the mirror into this.

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What do you think?  Quite a transformation and not bad for free!

Have a wonderful weekend!

xo

This Is Why I Thrift . . .

So, I got the Ballard Designs catalog in the mail yesterday.  If you have not checked out Ballard Designs, it is a must, even if just for inspiration!  Some of their decor is reasonable and some is expensive (but hey, then it is a challenge to try and find a knock-off, right?)

As I was casually flipping though it, I noticed this vanity stool.

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It looked oh so familiar to this stool I found while shopping at the Sacramento Antique Faire.

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Wait for it . . . I paid $15 for this stool and could have probably talked them down if I had been in the mood to bargain.  The Ballard Designs version is $300!

This piece is so versatile and the possibilities are endless.  You could use it in a bathroom, in a dressing room, in a living room for extra seating, or even outdoors.  I am thinking I will make a cushion cover and use it in one of my daughter’s rooms as a vanity stool.  How cute wold this be with a custom fabric on it in a little girls room??

For right now, I just thew an extra pillow (Nate Berkus for Target) on top of it and am using it for extra seating until I have a more permanent place for it.

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If you live in the Sacramento area you have to check out the Sacramento Antique Faire.  It is an outdoor antique marketplace held the second Sunday of every month. There are hundreds of dealers from all over Northern California and it is a great source for interior design and is a bargain hunters dream!

I am still delirious over the fact that I got this timeless, versatile piece for  just $15.  I guess you could say I have a case of “Decorating Delirium.”   And this my friends, is why I thrift!

Have you found any bargains lately?   Found a copy-cat version of a designer look?  If so, please tell me all about it in the comments!

xoxo