Craigslist Finds: Weekend of July 27, ’19 Edition (Chairs! Chairs! Chairs!)

I will be the first to admit these posts have not been coming as frequently as I’d like. With summer activities, errands, the normal adult blah blah blah, posting has become harder to get to this year for sure. But something that has also made it difficult is the picking on ye olde list of Craig have NOT been that great. So I’ve actually intended far more entries than I’ve delivered BECAUSE the stuff out there just wasn’t that great. Thankfully, at LONG LAST this weekend had a bumper crop of finds that we could sink out teeth into! Well, me mostly, Keith has been at work on a table so there will be a post coming in that soon enough!

The post says there are like 200 of these, so if you happen to be kitting out a cafe or hipster restaurant, then BOOM! If you just need dining room chairs, that’s less than $100 for 6 chairs!!! At $15 a pop, even if they aren’t all in fab condition, these are still sturdy AF, stylish chairs. And you can do whatever you want to them if the blonde wood isn’t your thing bc at that price? You’re not getting anything near this cool at Walmart.

This isn’t fantastically inexpensive, but this is still way less than you’d pay for an accent chair of comparable pedigree, and according to the accompanying blurb for this post, this is an actual original vintage piece from 1972! ” Designed by American architect Thomas Lamb for Plydesigns in 1972, this rare and unique chair still boasts the tag and company branding on the seat’s bottom. Made of molded blonde wood and black coloured leather upholstery. Its sleek design does not sacrifice comfort.”  

These come around every year or so, and they truly are a Canadian classic. These are a little beat up with some scuff marks, but would be fab on a patio or front porch instead of traditional outdoor faux wicker blah, or even useful as extra sidechairs for when company comes over. Considering these are 50 years old and part of the permanent collection at the Musee de Beaux Arts… The story (cough *bragging rights*) you get to tell about the provenance of these chairs and their contribution to Canadian furniture design history is worth $100, no?

This chair just looks effing cool. It’s cool, okay? Perfect for an awkward space beside the fireplace in your living room or a landing in your house that needs something more than a houseplant, this angular low rider is just the ticket! Will also work as clothes chair in bedroom. Or tanning chair in screened in porch? I could go on…

The upholstery leaves something to be desired for sure… But the bones of this are awesome and this is a fine price to pay for an upholstery project for the summer! I would probably try to figure out a way to cover over the existing fabric because that cushion shape might be hard to replicate , but a throw could easily update if you don’t have the patience and the wood is in perfect condition. Good bones, man!!!!!

Porch. Fabulousness. Now. Best for houses with kids over the age you still think it’s a good idea to try to stick your head through elastic chair webbing? It looks black but is actually a very dark army green. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Also, have you noticed a large percentage of these chairs are at a magical $150 price point? Must be something in the acquisition air that makes this the winning number…

Normally each piece is a one picture show, but the side shot vs the front shot had to be included because you don’t get the full vibe of these chairs with just one. The upholstery is spot on Art Deco inspired, and given the living room these chairs seem to be in, they don’t exactly seem like they’ve been lovingly used as trampolines by any toddlers recently, so I’d bet they’re both in pretty good nick! A potential reupholstery project for sure, but you could even change just the backs and leave the main seats as is! Gorgeous!

A friend was complaining recently that we hadn’t posted in a while (he was right) as he and his wife are big Craigslist Finds fans who have their current MCM dining set in their house because of us… This steal of a deal reminded me of them! 4 chairs and an extendable dining table at this price and the chairs are PERFECT as is, you won’t even need to recover right away. The table alone is worth $500+, so I doubt this find will last long. This is a STEAL for the investment piece that this set is. A dining room redo in one go!

That’s it for this weekend but we promise we will be back soon with a Keith’s latest table project update!

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Craigslist Finds: Week of May 25th, 2019 Edition!!!

Oh haiiii everyone! We are back, and repping Toronto hard after our Eastern Conference win last night with the Toronto Raptors! I had a split second thought that it would be amusing to provide you all a selection of sports focused furniture that YOU TOO can have at home, in your basement… But then I realized how much I hate that kind of tacky crap and would never have it in my house, so why the energy? Not that a sofa featuring my favourite NBA team wouldn’t be a really exciting addition to the furniture collection…. Just… not my collection. Or any collection I’d advise anyone to actually buy! #letsgoraptors #keepitonatshirt #sweatshirtsarenicetoo

That being said, the list of Craig is BUMPIN this weekend with deals, you guys! It’s been quite a while since I’ve seen deals like this, so tuck in! AND get in touch with these owners ASAP if you see things you like because I guarantee these sweet, sweet deals are not gonna stick around for long.

These dining chairs are $75 each and are being offered as a set of 2 or 4. Can’t go wrong with a Thonet bentwood chair, ever!! PLUS you can recover them with 2 different kinds of fabric if you want: one for the seat and the other for the backrest. YASSSS.
Floor Lamp With 3 Bulbs,Red,Adjustable – $40 This would easily cost $150 if you bought it at a vintage boutique downtown, and this classic retro style works in pretty much any room you can put it in! Steal of a deal at $40!!!
Mid-century modern walnut cabinet hutch – $225 This is such a gorgeous piece, and perfect to dress up a dining room, hallway or even a den . Love that MCM detail on the side with the legs. Faboosh! And you’re not going to find anything less expensive buying new, nevermind the quality of this piece vs something at a comparable pricepoint.
MCM Coffee Table – $50 Whoever is getting rid of this, they obviously aren’t interested in getting what it’s worth, so… Their haste is YOUR gain! Comparable pieces form the sixties are selling for 3 times the $50 price tag on a good day, so do not wait and pick this up!! STAT!
$375 for 6 MCM high back chairs These are yet another MCM stealy-deal (are you getting bored of me saying this? I’m kind of bored of saying it, but there were SO many good pieces today this is ONLY some of it) that are teak but with a dark stain. Another potential reupholstery project, we’d actually keep the fabric if possible, it goes SO nicely with the aesthetic

This is our top 5 for the day, but there were so many more we couldn’t keep them all straight! Happy hunting, y’all!

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Spark Some Joy: Craigslist Finds 2019 Is Here!!

We know, it’s been months. We took a hiatus. Plus Christmas. And Netflix.  We totally are taking advantage of the latest fad in home organization by mentioning the Tidying Up phenom that is Marie Kondo. Don’t hold these pieces of furniture up to your face to see if they spark joy as they might crush you or at least some bruises.

Couch + Chair – Brand new! Mint!! – $800

Unless sitting on these is like needles or something that aren’t evident in the photo, why wouldn’t you for $800? Loving the modern silhouette of that couch and matching chairs  =  a reason to get some new throw pillows!!!

A beautiful piece and you can hide your beanie babies in that there hidey shelf on the bottom left!!! So no, you DON’T have to get rid of them just yet because they will increase in value one day and then who will be sorry when they don’t get to retire in Costa Rica on the money from your limited edition rainbow bear proceeds? Ya, thought so.

Mid Century Teak Bar Cabinet – Scandinavian Modern Design – $399

You could easily spend this buying new, and how efficient is it that the top folds out and creates extra drink serving surface area??? Extra space for no extra cost!

LOUIS POULSEN PH 5 PENDANT CEILING LIGHT FIXTURE – $495

Blue West Elm mid century modern chair – $100

The real deal brand new is going to run you north of $1,000, so why don’t you save yourself a bit of cash, tidy this one up and then invite all your friends over to gawk at your very architecturally impressive light fixture? No touching. Just looking. It’s vintage.

If this lovely little number doesn’t spark some joy then you need to get yourself to (Instagram photos of) a beach STAT! This will easily fit in to all the rooms AND it’s already newly reupholstered so you can just pretend it was totally you who did that last weekend in a whim and aren’t you just the craftiest? Flamingo: a classic that’s always on trend. AND THERE’S PIPING!!!!

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Craigslist Finds: Week of September 17th, 2018

There was so much and not enough to choose from this weekend: people went nuts posting yesterday so it took longer than usual before we even got through everything listed just from the 15th! Here’s our faves in no particular order.

With vinyl sales continuing steadily, care of audiophiles, hipsters and musical purists, why not extend that vintage love to the piece you use to play your records, man?? Yes, there are other players you could get, for far more or less money, but if you have the space and aesthetic inclination, this piece really is the way to go.And it’s less than $500!

If we didn’t have dogs (that we let on the furniture, all the time) this would already be in our living room, legit. A gorgeous piece that is built to last in a timeless style that can fit in to a plethora of decor environments for under $1,000. DO IT.

And this coffee table would actually be totally perfect with the couch above. Can you believe it’s only $150? We like this piece because it’s already kind of dinged and messed up so even you continue to ding or mess it up, that’ll be part of the look instead of a blight on your living room scenery that you will forever notice and never forgive your cousin Dave for causing. Avoid the passive aggressive family get togethers and embrace a table that just gets better with every red wine stain it accumulates!

Cheap and cheerful, we love this for its portable size and versatile lewk. Perfect size for a condo, and perfect price for not breaking the bank!

Even though they aren’t the real thing, at two for $100, you’re still laughing. These Le Corbusier-inspired classics never go out of style, and are an excellent accent for any living room or sitting area!

Yes, we know this style isn’t for everyone. Especially if  this is giving you flashback of your mom’s 1980’s balloon drapes. BUT, that being said, you could easily mix this piece up with some glass nesting tables and a modern chandelier and be the envy of all your ‘contemporary/transitional/beige-style’ friends (zzzzz). THIS. SOFA. IS. EFFIN. FABULOUS.

But just in case the floral explosion is too much, this is a great option that afford you the chance to still go to town with the throw pillows. Perfect for a pop of colour, and at not even half the cost of what this piece would normally cost! Would actually go really well with that condo sized coffee table! New living room for less than $400. Not bad for a Sunday shop.

6 chairs AND the table for under $1,000 is an absolute STEAL. This find will not last long, and even if the upholstery isn’t to your taste, these are some of the easiest chairs out there for you to try your hand at some DIY upholstery (though we quite like the stripe/weave combo, tbh). A super find with a design pedigree like this is the reason we spend so much time looking through all this stuff for you: too good to be true exists sometimes, so get er done!

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BFD’s Craigslist Finds: Week of April 24th

Lots of spring cleaning means lots of finds. So many good things. Lots of project pieces this week with lower price tags which is nice, though obvs the full monty is also a nice surprise too.

Reupholstery project hello! This would be fab in a graphic black and white printed fabric, like Marimekko style…

Yes. Exactly. Paint the wood red or maybe green…

If this is light pink, this is fabulous. If this is beige… less fabulous. BUT with some kick ass colourful cushions it’s a cool chair that only costs $50. Looks very comfortable. Good for cookie eating.

That table is awesome, and hey, this is a pretty stylin set up for $200. Will be surprised if this one hangs around for very long, esp now that it’s getting warmer out and people are being all gardeny n stuff.

This is a basic dining set. But it’s also a good BASE. For a paint project. Paint it all white and add a graphic colour splash to the table, or maybe something like this with triangles…

Just get crafty with the paint tape like this design from Nine Red’s DIY blog post.

I dare say this is fabulous. It’s covered with stuff, so it’s not the best picture, but it’s $20 and it’s 80’s chic with the white and metal mix. It’s pretty obviously a good idea to buy this table.

Just get some new seat cushions for this and you’ve got a conversation corner in an awkwardly sized kitchen. You could paint this table top too!!

Get some of these and you’re golden. And velvet.

And while we are doing 80’s chic, we might as well throw this lamp into the mix. Iconic but totally would work as a bedside table or at a mirrored desk where you make very important 1980’s decisions on your swatch phone.

 

You can have one now. And call waiting. All for yourself.

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Craigslist Finds: Family Day 2017 Edition

Holy crap peeps, it’s a bumper crop this week. A plethora of possibility! Seems like the gorgeous weather over the past 3 days has been impetus enough for people to open up their garages and attics and get photographing to clear out all of those treasures you didn’t know you needed yet! Don’t worry, we’re on it.

A good price for the pair and easily coordinates with any decor style, if you’re looking for some extra living room seating but can’t really really commit, these are a great transitional option, that would be awesome with some graphic throw pillows for extra zuuusje. (from the verb zuuusjing, as in this plain white bathroom sure could use some zuuusjing up! Alternative recos for spelling welcome)

Knowing how redonkulously expensive RH is normally, this is a pretty sweet steal of a deal for a home office, and you know this thing is going to last through whatever wear and tear you can throw at is based on the fact that it’s built like a metal (brick) sh&*house. A little on the pricey side in terms of the type of things we normally feature, but this is a good opp to get a high quality, sturdy piece of furniture for a fraction of its normal price.

LOVE LAMP. MAKE BUYING OF LAMP. This lamp urgently needs to be a part of your home because it is so unbelievably badass and would be perfect in you living room, on a bedside table or in a reading nook. Your other furniture will be jealous, but don’t worry, they’ll get over it in time… as long as the lamp invites everyone to play on its spaceship every once in a while.

Nice for some dips n nibbles when entertaining. Love the 70’s vintage vibe and these would go well with a plain white china set as a colourful accent.

Something about this plate is just crying out for you to paint or decoupage a dinosaur into the scenery. Add a little joie de vivre to make this seemingly non-descript plate on the wall a bit more fun for those who take the extra minute to find your cheeky artistic surprise! Tee hee.

 

These are a few years old but still a favourite style of ours from the more style-infused pieces that Ikea has come out with over the past 5 years. At this price for two, these are also a great option for CRAFTING!!!  Try out repainting, sticking an accent piece of wallpaper on the doors or maybe even a marble faux finish. Bonus: They also look stylish the way the are, and those little ceramic pulls are still totally adorbs without going shabby chic overload (vom).

Not sure how this is still available, but the price for just the chairs alone is a steal, so get on this one before it’s gone! Pretty sure it’s only a matter of days if not hours. Can you say re upholstery dream project?!?!

Kitchen island or console table say whaaaaa? Portable and able to match pretty much any decor style, this is a practical work/eating/drinking addition to any kitchen/dining area, and a minimalist modern alternative to a chunky console table behind the couch or in a naked hallway that isn’t too obtrusive. Plus, hello? It’s $75.

Yeah, we don’t know how this is still available either at the price. We have something very similar at the bottom of our king sized bed and this is a great way to do the t shirts/socks and underwear thing without having the furniture in your bedroom obtrusively take over your space (cause it’s sort of like it’s part of the bed). Love love love those recessed handles. Faboosh!

Happy Family Day bargain hunting!

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Craigslist Finds: The Christmas Countdown is On!

So it’s officially less than a month away from the most magical time of the year for light lovers, tree smell sniffers and gag gift givers… Nevermind the decor judgers and grudge holders, they all come out of the woodwork at this time of the year, whether we like it or not. But not to worry, the list of Craig’s got your back, of that you can be sure. And that fabulous new set of chairs you got for the dining room? Oh yes, very expensive, got them at a pop up shop on Queen that’s gone now, can’t believe you didn’t see it. *wink*

They seem repro, but not bad for some outdoor furniture, or even indoor if you’re so inclined. Easy to add to pretty much any style of room except French Provincial. Which, if that’s what you’re still going with and you don’t live in Provence, you’re going to need more than a few chairs to sort out….

MCM, Viscol, Double Bed Frame with 2 Matching Night Tables - $425

MCM, Viscol, Double Bed Frame with 2 Matching Night Tables – $425 

Not bad for a matching set! Yes it’s a double, but where are you going to find stylish MCM furniture for your guest/kids room at a comparable price? You’d spend this much buying new and then some. Perfect for a smaller sized space that you want to use, but don’t want the harmonica song loneliness of a twin bed…

Can we first just point out how nicely this piece is staged? You don’t get quality pieces like this at this price looking this cool very often, so 11/10 for curb appeal. This could be a fabulous addition to a bedroom set or dining area, maybe even a hallway console? It’s not the cheapest piece we have ever featured, this is true, but it’s still very competitively priced for MCM walnut and an excellent starting point if you’re wanting to spend some money adding some more permanent pieces to the home collection. Just make sure you have coasters. Cause you KNOW Uncle Steve is going to put his drinks on this and walk away.

Again, great styling… Seems to be the same person selling multiple pieces, and having excellent taste! This is a genuine Scandinavian piece so you can’t go wrong when it comes to quality and reputation. This could easily be in a bedroom or living room depending on your storage needs. And easy to vacuum under. Yes, I just wrote that.

Sofa / Day bed - $200

Sofa / Day bed – $200 

Love this with the bent wood arm rest and legs, but the arm rest also moves to become the pillow when you remove the back pillows to convert this into a bed. Good for a multifunctional room that needs to be an office by day but a potential someone’s too festive to drive home crash pad/ snore escape locale. Would be easy to make or have covers made for the cushions too! A nice palm leaf print, perhaps????

Need extra guest chairs? Got some extra red, orange or yellow paint? Maybe even some Scandi inspired light pink or mint paint to switch up the everyday home palette?The world is your DIY decor oyster, for $30. Uncle Steve can put his glasses all over these and who gives a sh&* about the rings? Wipe em right off your shiny upcycled chairs an focus on more important things, like finding out who has been feeding the dog tinsel.

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