Thursday, November 1, 2012

Best Craig's List Find Yet!

For the past year or so, every time I went into Ballard Design, I would drool over this little secretary.  I love the curved top, the chicken wire on the door, and the little key.  It was way over of my budget (over $1000) but Ballard has really good sales so I hoped that by the time the floor sample sale came along that I could snatch it up.

It's no secret that I browse Craig's List every day.  I have a list (seriously) of things and words that I do nightly searches for.  People ask me how I have such good luck finding stuff on Craig's List but there isn't really a trick to it.  You have to search often, daily if you can, because the good things go quickly.


I almost couldn't believe my eyes when this popped up in my search.  It's nearly identical to the secretary that I've been drooling over at Ballard!  The pulls are different and obviously the paint but those are simple to change.  I was sure that I had found it too late and there was just no way that it was still available.  It was too late to call but I just knew if I did call that the seller would say it was already gone.


But when it popped back up in the search 5 days later, I knew it was meant to be!  It was in the back of my car the next day.  And I saved about $1000!


Whoever painted it did a terrible job with the distressing and I don't like that they painted over the pulls.  I haven't decided on a color yet (I'm thinking something darker) so she'll stay this way for a little bit. 


I just love it!!

22 comments:

  1. lUCKY DOG!!! It is sooo perfect!!!

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  2. I've never checked out Craig's List so it looks like I need to! This is gorgeous! Congrats on the find!

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  3. The condition looks really fantastic too. I wonder why the seller was getting rid of such a beautiful piece?! You're lucky that they were, that's for certain! I can't wait to see what you decide to do with it.

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  4. You're SO right....this is the BEST find! What a precious piece of furniture. Way to go girl!

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  5. I look at Craigslist daily for gems like this.

    I just scored some wicker rocking chairs for $30!

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  6. You have the best luck with Craigslist! Beautiful piece!

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  7. This is an amazing find! Do you always look in your area or other Craigslist areas?

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    1. I usually just search in my city. Sometimes results will pop up from surrounding areas but I honestly don't want to drive too far to get things.

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  8. Such a stunning piece. The pictures don't really show the poor paint job although I look forward to seeing what you do with it. Enjoy :)

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  9. Gorgeous - what a great find. I think I'm going to start checking Craigs List.

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  10. That's a beautiful find!!! Congrats:))

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  11. That is fantastic. The wood looks really nice too. I wonder if you could strip it and stain it darker. Super score and love how you have styled it with the wreath. xoxo

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  12. Its gorgeous. I am about to make a list of pieces I want and sick my husband on the daily searches. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  13. It's beautiful! A little luck and a a lot of persistence sure paid off!

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  14. I love it!! I'd love to have something like that in my house! :)

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  15. Honestly I wouldn't change a thing - I love the distressing! I'm a Craig junkie too - I used to do a weekly series on my blog of just great deals on Craig. It's amazing what you can find. Congrats!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  16. Wow that's a good find! It's beautiful! On a random side note, where is your cute wreath from?

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  17. I also love your cute boxwood wreaths! Did you buy the materials from save-on-crafts.com to make one yourself? I can't find them on that website already made. :)

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  18. Can you give us your key search words? I usually search "shabby chic" and "pottery barn".

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