My Haunting Of Craig’s List Pays Off

Yesterday was a phenomenal day of great finds on Craig’s List!

FREE Couch!

The evening before I had seen this amazing piece on Craig’s List, posted for only 34 minutes…

My hubby liked it too. Here he is, testing out the comfort level by taking a nap.

My hubby liked it too. Here he is, testing out the comfort level by taking a nap.

I nearly cried when the woman responded and told me it had already been taken. I asked her to keep my info and let me know if the other taker fell through. I really, REALLY wanted it.

I love the details on this couch!

I love the details on this couch!

(and sorry, I’m still having issues with Windows 10 being overly helpful and impossible all at the same time…thus sideways photos)

The sofa was produced in the 1930s and I believe the woman referred to it as 2nd Empire…

Just LOOK at these feet!

Just LOOK at these feet!

In any case, she emailed me the next day after the first person didn’t show up. I hightailed it over there. She even had to neighbors take it out down the back steps, through the rain, and loaded it into my van for me. How cool was that?

I will be re-stuffing the seat cushion with a new foam piece cut to order.

I will be re-stuffing the seat cushion with a new foam piece cut to order.

Lovely 3-Tier Table

With some of our homegrown gourds on it

With some of our homegrown gourds on it

I had been keeping an eye on the Antiques section of Craig’s List. I was hoping to find a couple of small tables to put plants on in the dining room, and one to hold drinks, books, et cetera in the living room. This table is a bit too big for the living room, but it works fine in the dining room.

The tables like this had been in the $100+ range, but this one was listed for $60 and the guy was willing to take $50. Success!

Magnificent Free Chair

It was early evening when I checked Craig’s List again and noticed this chair had been posted in the Free section some three hours earlier…

I believe that Maxwell approves of the chair

I believe that Maxwell approves of the chair

The post was written sort of from the chair’s point of view, so I had to reciprocate in kind. I sent an email that read…

Dear Chair-

You look beautiful. I can see you have weathered many years and need someone with vision. I am that person. I promise that I will learn how to tighten your springs, and I already am well-versed in the art of re-upholstery. You will sit in a position of high esteem in the front parlor of my 1899 Victorian next to my Eastlake chairs and 2nd Empire couch.

I will be happy to pick you up tomorrow, around 2pm if that works for you, in between cleaning a house, picking up library books, and dropping off my youngest at her music class. Or after 6pm if that would be better. Do let me know if you would like to come live with me!

Love the details in the wood!

Love the details in the wood!

I figured it had been three hours and someone would have already claimed it. But it turns out that she had had a couple of no shows and was offering it ‘first come first served’. I told her I was on my way.

The springs are toast, and the piece desperately needs refinishing AND recovering

Right now it is gracing the front entry, but I have a plan. I will refinish it first with some brown faux embossed leather fabric I have, fix the springs, and then put it where my swivel chair (which also needs to be re-covered) is in the living room. I’ll work then on the swivel chair, and when it is done, the front entry can have this lovely piece back. Unless I decide to put it upstairs in the office as a guest chair.

When re-upholstering, you simply use the old fabric as your pattern to cut out your new fabric by.

When re-upholstering, you simply use the old fabric as your pattern to cut out your new fabric by.

In other words, it is quite versatile and wonderful. I love it!

I remain amazed at what amazing things people are willing to simply give away. It makes me thankful as well, and more than willing to return the favor. This past Sunday we donated an older model tv (still in perfectly functioning condition) to a local charity, along with at least five bags full of good clothes the week before.

I think that, for now, I’m done with furniture collecting. At least until I deal with the pieces I have. After that, I will reconsider!

Now if anyone has a kidney-shaped desk they are willing to part with…I might just change my mind…!

Gourds and More Gourds

Oops! I posted the other day without including any pictures of the gourds we have grown so far this year. Here are a few pictures to remedy that…

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