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The Best of Austin’s Craigslist

I’m an avid Craigslister.  I sell things and buy things fairly often.  Some of my favorite things in my home were found on Craigslist.  It’s a great way to get good quality while saving money.

Here are things currently (as of this posting) listed on our local Craigslist.  Each photo links to the posting that goes with it.

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So many awesome things!  Even more that I didn’t have space to list – didn’t want to wear you out.

I hope some of you out there can snatch a few of them up!  Anything here that’d be worth putting in your home?

Tomorrow I will show you all the progress that we’ve made in our family room!    Be sure to enter that Simply Spray giveaway if you haven’t!


A Craigslist Find, Your Thoughts on Entry

Here are two of my most recent finds, but believe me, there are more… which I’ll show you in other posts, later.   But, today, let’s look at a chair that I found for our entry!   And, a railroad crossing sign (the real deal with bullet holes and everything).

I’m creating a little vignette, but obviously, it’s just kind of thrown together right now.  I’m still formulating what I want to do in the space.  Here is option #1.

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See the one find?  The pretty great tufted, chartreuse green chair?  It’s from the 60s, and is in almost perfect condition.

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Here is what I’m thinking at the moment – painting the wood on the chair white, hanging the circular mirror that I found at Homegoods, maybe painting the end table, and changing out the lamp shade.  I may even painting the lamp base gold.

And, here is option #2 with a more quirky table that we had on hand and the second find (from the Austin Antique Mall), the railroad sign.


From above.


Since this involves a second wall, here it is from further back.



For this option, we can leave the chair as-is or paint the wood gold.  Change out the lamp shade?  Paint anything else?

Which do you prefer?  Thoughts?  I’d love to hear what you all think!

Don’t forget to enter the Simply Spray giveaway!

I will be sharing an update on the family room soon as well as photos of our desk nook… soon followed by office photos!   Nothing complete, but further along, for sure.


Thelma And Louize – Antique Store

I discovered Wendi’s shop when I bought a dresser from her off of Craigslist.  As soon as I went into her home, I knew she must have more elsewhere – this was clearly a passion.  Her home was filled with eye candy.  I had a hard time focusing on what I went for…  So, of course, I had to find out more about the shop she mentioned that she has at a local antique mall.

It’s a lot like Uncommon Objects, if you recall that mention in a recent post.  It has lots of quirky, interesting things with history.  Check out some of the images from the shop.  I have not been there yet, but plan to go soon!

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Be sure to check her shop out!  Do you love shops like this?  They give a great way to add a sense of history and personality to your home.

What do you have your eye on from these pics?


Two More Craigslist Finds

We sold our entertainment center and have our TV stand up for sale.  Instead, we are switching to dressers.  One day, in the family room, we’ll have built-ins and the dresser will retire to another room.  But, for now, here is what we found.

Both are french provincial style.

The first is a Thomasville piece that is repainted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.  And, waxed to finish it off.  The top is just stained wood.  Original hardware.  Very heavy.  The seller is very sweet and has an etsy shop called Nod to the Past.  Check it out.  She will ship things!


The second is also painted with Annie Sloan paint and is a little more distressed, and a little more detailed.  And, a little larger…  It’s a Bassett Furniture piece.  Also very heavy (solid wood).  Original hardware.


She also sent a before photo of the piece.


This lady is a nurse by day, but also has a shop called Thelma and Louize.  Her physical shop is located at the Austin Antique Mall, but she also has a FB page.   I’ll talk more about her shop tomorrow!

A quick update on what we’ve sold from our home.  We have now sold our large entertainment center, desk and hutch from the craft room, leather sofa set, master bed, master night stands, and a few other pieces.  We still have a few things left such as saddle style stools, two fabric sofas, chandeliers, coffee table, end table, lounge chairs, etc.  And, I’m sure once we get moved in and arrange everything, we’ll have a bunch of accessories that need to go.   Touch base with me if you are interested in any of these items.

Things are going well and we are still supposed to close on the new house next week!

Back to the topic of Craigslist.  I put a link on my FB to this fabulous post by Kelly at A View Along the Way.  You’ll want to check it out.  It has lots of search tips on it.  I also read somewhere (can’t remember now) about Craigseasy.com.  It’s fabulous if you are using your computer to search.  You drag an easy button to your bookmark bar.  Then, when you run your searches, you click the easy button and it shows you the results in large pictures only!

Share any other tips you have, any time!

We can’t wait to see exactly where these pieces land in the new house – I have an idea, but sometimes you just have to see it before you know for sure.


Craigslist Search Tips and My New Secret Weapon

I recently found some pretty fun things (chairs and coffee table) on Craigslist for the new house.  I also featured some other finds in a post on making your decorating dollar stretch.

In the past, I purchased most of my stuff brand new, but I’m learning more and more to be patient and try Craigslist first.  I usually give it a few weeks before pulling the trigger on something new, depending on how urgent I feel about it.

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A few people have commented or emailed to ask for tips on finding great stuff and weeding through the junk.

Here are my tips:

1.  Consider misspellings.  How many times do we mistype.  Most messages sent from iphones even warn of typos.  So, consider that when searching.  For instance, if you are looking for area rug, try arae rug.  You’d be surprised!

2.  Consider synonyms.  How else can you say Chinese Chippendale chairs?  Chinoiserie, asian, fretwork, chippendale, etc all would work.  There are lots of ways of saying the same thing, depending on where you are from originally.  Same with colors.  Don’t just type teal, but maybe blue, turquoise, blue-green, green, etc.

3.  Be less specific.  If you want the Chinese Chippendale chairs like you see above, just type in chairs.  The yellow chairs above were just listed as aluminum chairs.  Vague.  Most sellers do not know all the proper terms to use.  But, you will need to patiently weed through things. However, I’m going to show you a short cut in a bit.

4.  Be willing to paint things.  This opens up the possibilities.

How to get started:

1.  Start with an extensive search.  Try all the tips above when searching and search as far back as you can.  This may take hours to do.  However, I will give you a tip in a bit that will help!

2.  Once you have done the extensive search, just keep up with the new listings under those searches.

Ready for the short cuts I keep talking about?!

It’s a smartphone app! I just got this on my iphone.  It’s called “Craigslist Ultimate.”  The icon is a purple peace sign.  For $1.99, I promise, it will change your Craigslist life!


Above are screen shots from the app.  So, you put in the city, price range and search string just like on the website.  However, the cool part is that you see the images along with the blurb on the search results!  No more clicking on each link to see images.  Only click on the link if that initial image seems interesting and like what you are looking for!

You can also save searches.  But, even better, you can set alerts.  So, it will constantly run your searches and alert you when things are listed that fit that criteria!  No more manually searching!

And… You can favorite things you like.  I favorited some night stands, for example, because I first want to get a new master bed before I know what sort of night stands I want.

How awesome is this?!  (Thanks to Ryan Wooley for telling me which CL app is good.)

There’s one more perk.  Do you ever take a photo of something on your phone for a listing?   If so, you can take the pic and you can then post it on Craigslist right then and there from your phone.

Amazing!!  But, there is one pretty major downfall to this app.  Since it runs searches constantly in the background, it will eat through your battery power.  So, you may find that it’s best not to do the alert system and instead just save searches and run them manually every once in a while.  Unless there is something you are urgently looking for!

Hope that helps with your Craigslist searching!  What are your Craigslist search tips?


First Purchase for New House

We are now under contract on a home in Austin!  Yay.  This is my first purchase (off of Craigslist) for the home.  I plan to paint it, though I’m not certain what color yet.

Gold?  Kelly green?  White?  What do you think?


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Hoping all goes smoothly in the closing of the house.  Though I had lots of help from lots of sources, a very special thanks goes to the following people.  If you are house hunting in the Austin area, some of these people may be good resources.

Corey Hendrix - Great agent located in Cedar Park, responds quickly to emails and calls which is important to me.  He’s getting started in the business so give him a try, especially if you live in north Austin.

Robert and Tricia Nelson -  Broker and reader.  She was of major help and her husband who is broker happily sent over very helpful information along the way even though he was not our agent.  They provided me with important information on prices in the neighborhood that I bought in.

Monica Van Valkenburgh – Loan officer.  Great to work with, low rates, no origination fee.

Kristin Oslchefskie – Reader.  Awesome referrals on agent and lenders.  Very helpful with neighborhoods and builders.

Kim Glasgow – Reader.  Gave great info on builders and referrals on agents and lenders.

I know I left off a number of people, as I had a ton of help from many agents, loan officers, friends and readers.  But, these stood out a ton.  I appreciate all your help!!


Making Your Decorating Dollar Stretch – Craigslist

One of the big ways I make my decorating dollar stretch is by buying what I can on Craigslist.  This simply is not possible for everything, but it’s wise to check CL just in case!

I hope to redecorate every room of our house when we buy a new home, but like most of us, my budget is not huge.  So, that will include repurposing items I own, buying on Craigslist, sewing and then also buying new.

Today, I want to share some items I pinned from Austin’s Craigslist that would help stretch the dollar in every room of your home.

Kitchen/ Dining

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Custom made rustic table $875, 2 IKEA bar stools for $40, 3 bar stools for $100.

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West Elm’s Diamond Rug 8×10 $250, 6 Parsons chairs for $500, Pedestal table and chairs $75

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Two West Elm bar stools $120, Custom dining table $749, Eames bar stools

Please forgive the quality of photos – you get what you get on Craigslist.

Family Room

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Large rustic coffee table $400, ZGallerie coffee table $250, Dresser $500 for set

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8×10 West Elm jute rug $200, Apothecary, 8×8 West Elm rug $200


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Industrial farm light $10 each, Capiz chandelier $125, Orb chandelier $250

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Drum chandelier $350, Iron chandelier $50, Beaded chandelier $500

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Chandelier $100, 8 West Elm pendant lights $50


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AGallerie night stand $275, French dresser, Bed $430

To Be Painted

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Locker set $225, Table and four chairs $275, Pair of Wingbacks $80

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Table and six chairs $300, 6 unique bamboo chairs $1100, Dresser

Trust me, it’s all way cheaper than retail!   How often do you try Craigslist?  Would you use any of these finds in your home?  What is your favorite CL find?

What are your tricks to making your decorating dollar stretch further?


Craigslist– Revolving Furniture

This is where I was at 6am yesterday morning.  Hiking some of the awesome trails near my neighborhood with a friend.


So fun to be out in the cooler air, before it gets too hot!  It’s that time of year when you start not wanting to be outside too much during the day, after about 10am.  So, good motivation to be inside working.

Remember the craft room table that you’ve seen in postings?  Well, the $25 Craigslist table in the craft room just wasn’t cutting it.


Though I was assured it was sturdy and it seemed alright, once I got it home and on carpet, it just wasn’t sturdy enough due to the way it is made.  I had planned to totally redo it by changing out the legs, sanding and painting.  But, then I realized that new legs would run me about $150.  That plus a lot of work.

So, I went to Craigslist again and found this table instead.

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I went to look at it and bought it for $100, thus saving me money and time.  (Table photos are from the Craigslist ads.)

This “new” table is 6 inches less deep, but that is great!  I love it!  Much, much more sturdy!   It’s already in the craft room and the old one is up on Craigslist, though I may end up giving it away. 

As soon as I went to the door of this Craigslist-er, I knew she was a blogger just based on the wreath.  It was so adorable.   Come to find out, she was a blogger, had actually happened to know of my painted chair (what are the odds) and had lived in Utah for a few years like us.  I now follow her blog!  It’s awesome, but I’ll let Katie share the URL in the comments if she would like to.

Our house sometimes feels like a revolving furniture store sometimes.  We have so much on from our home Craigslist right now, from this entertainment center (below) to random décor items to this art from Bombay (below the entertainment center). 


Love the entertainment center and art, but we have no place to put them!

And, this week, despite the things I just named, I also already sold a sofa, chair, and bench!  I just cannot stand to keep things around if I’m not using them and can’t find a way to repurpose them right away.  

Do you all use Craigslist as much as I do?