Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Craig's List Series #11

This series of posts features Craig's List finds from my area of the country, South Jersey/Philadelphia.  Even if you don't live in this area, and most of you don't, I thought it would be fun to show you some interesting and unique pieces and what they are worth.  If you are in the market for rare antiques or just trying to gain a knowledge for what pieces are worth, I strongly suggest you visit Craig's List and scour the antique category.  

Most sellers will try to give as much information about a piece as possible.  So as a regular visitor to CL, I've gained a knowledge of terminology and time-period, as well as an understanding of which pieces are rare as opposed to those that are a dime a dozen.  For this series, I'm showing you the ones I think are either rare, very interesting, or an extremely good value. 

Please note:  Unless otherwise stated, I did NOT purchase any of these items.

Welcome back to one of my favorite series here at My Domestic Bliss.  Actually, it's the only series at MDB, but it's one that you all seem to like, so I'm gonna keep doing them!

There's been a lot of bad press about Craig's List lately, so I caution you to be careful when buying or selling.  It can be a great resource either way, you just need to use some common sense.

I have some great things to show you, so let's get started!

This antique vanity with tri-fold mirror was listed for only $50.  I can SO see this paired with a sweet little upholstered bench.

A gorgeous French-style chest for only $150.  Look at the condition of this thing!  Doesn't look like there's a scratch on it, and I love the grain of the wood.  The hardware is also stunning.  A steal if you ask me!

I see tons of secretaries listed on CL and they usually go for around $300.  This one was listed for $195.  Obviously not an antique, but I love the uniqueness of it nonetheless.  And if I were in the market for one, I would totally have snatched this up.

Also looks like it's in perfect condition.

A more traditional style secretary, this piece was listed for only $50.  It needs a little work, but could easily be fixed.  I love the serpentine drawers.  

Anyone in need of a sideboard would be crazy not to take advantage of this deal.  While the owner has disclosed that it has a few scratches and knicks as well as a sticky drawer, at $20 I think those could be overlooked!

Equally beautiful and cheap are these next two servers, listed for $30 and $40 respectively, the latter in need of a new handle.

Along the same lines is this beautiful China Cabinet listed for just $50.

As well as this one, also listed for $50.

People, you just can't get any cheaper than this!

And this china cabinet is ridiculously cheap at $100.  Look at the gorgeous color of the wood and the detail in the glass doors.  Also love the feet.

I know many of you are like me and can't resist an accent table.  They are just so easy to find a home for and at this price you can't go wrong.  An antique empire side table for $90.  Again, love the wood grain and the condition looks amazing.  

A sweet pink armoire, perfect for a nursery or little girl's room and listed for just $25.

I fell in love with this music stand, but didn't want to cough up the $100.  Still a good price and how cool is it?  So many different uses.

I was SOOO tempted on this next one.  I just fell in love with the traditional look of it and it would have gone perfect in just about any room of my home.  A gorgeous black hand-painted planter listed for just $50.  Kicking myself now...

This huge mirror was a steal for only $45.  

A bronze chandelier for only $50.

Love it!

A king size Pottery Barn quilt set, including shams and skirt for only $40.  A good deal even after you factor in the cost of dry cleaning.

I will finish up in typical fashion, saving the best/creepiest for last.

A pair of decorative casket handles - $35.

well, they are decorative....


wait for it.....

it's worth the wait.....

trust me......

A funeral body carrier!

I promise, I'm not making this stuff up!  Not sure why it's referred to that way - looks more like a casket to me.  

Unfortunately, there was no price attached to this one so it's anyone's guess what it went for.  Who am I kidding....

Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this installment of my Craig's List series.  

I hope you are enjoying a great week.  We are snowed in up here in Jersey and I'm still in my pj's!  Gonna make a nice breakfast soon.......for dinner!


Allyson Pecilunas said...

I love all of your craigslists finds we don't have anything nearly as good here. I am dying over those china cabinets! Gorgeous!! Ill have to keep searching here. Have a good day!

Allyson Pecilunas said...

I love all of your craigslists finds we don't have anything nearly as good here. I am dying over those china cabinets! Gorgeous!! Ill have to keep searching here. Have a good day!

An Oasis in the Desert said...

That was a really fun tour. Haven't done too much browsing in Craig's List, but The Man does & has sold a few things. You're right, the last 2 items were kind of creepy!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi sweet lady...

Ohhh...I just love your "Craigslist" posts, my friend! Although I must admit...that I am usually sick by the time I go through all of these beautiful pieces...and at such great prices! Sick...that they are sooo far away or I would swoop some of them up! Hehe! Thank you for sharing these awesome Craigslist finds with us! But I do admit that the casket carrier thing is a bit creepy...interesting...but creepy! Hehe! You're too funny, Girlfriend!

It's been awhile since I've been by for a visit! I do hope that my note finds you and your sweet family all doing well, Darlin'!

Wishing you the very best in our new year!!!

Chari @Happy To Design

Becca said...

Wow! I'm totally impressed with all of your Craiglist finds !! I've been casually looking for a secretary (with serpentine drawers) for awhile ... can't believe it's only $50! I wish I lived in your area ... our selection is not nearly as good. Thanks for sharing!

Emily said...

I wish they weren't so far away! My mom has an identical antique secretary desk, serpentine drawers and all. I would love one of those china cabinets!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I love these posts especially when you get to the creepy one at the end. I seldom have seen anything on CL, but I am sure the secret is to check it often as I am sure all of the good stuff gets snapped up immediately!

Thank you

Melissa Miller said...

Wow! Really pretty stuff. I adore the french chest. Gorgeous! :)

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

Oh, oh how I WANT that vanity!! I have been looking for something like that for my daughter. I never thought of Craigslist. I will have to keep my eye out. Thank you for stopping by my kitchen and for your sweet comment. Have a great rest of the week!!

Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

Oh, oh how I WANT that vanity!! I have been looking for something like that for my daughter. I never thought of Craigslist. I will have to keep my eye out. Thank you for stopping by my kitchen and for your sweet comment. Have a great rest of the week!!

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Kim! I can't believe you are so close to your due date! Your little one will be here before you know it! I am keeping you in my prayers for a smoothe delivery.

These finds are amazing! I know I would have bought the black and gold planter for sure...I see those similar at market and they are well over $100 wholesale! You are so lucky to have such great stuff in your area. I am going to check out craigslist now...I'm sure there won't be anything good

Take care!! Kristen

All That Glitters said...

Girl! I can't believe your baby is almost here!!!!! kiss him for me!!!!

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

I am amazed at how much cheaper things are on your CL then ours! Those are some fabulous pieces.

You must be so excited counting down until your little boys arrives. You are in the single digits now!

Lynda said...

I'm moving to Pennsylvania!! If you check Houston's Craigslist for furniture, you'll find ridiculous prices for used furniture! After a few pages I said forgetaboutit!!!

Shelia said...

Hi Kim! Oh, I just love CL and your area has some great things at great prices!! We don't have those great of prices here! Oh, it would be hard not to snatch up all those pretties!
Now that funeral carrier, hmmm...I see the handles! :)
It does look antique, doesn't it?
Hope you're doing well.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Andrea said...

I have never shopped on Craig's list, but I really need to start. Those are some amazing (and strange hehe) finds!

Vanessa said...

Ok...that is sooooo not fair! That sideboard for $20 is EXACTLY what I have been looking for to put in my dining room! You are inspiring me get back to hunting for treasures on Craigslist. I have found a few good things before but just haven't looked much lately. Thanks for this fun series!

Darlene said...

So many amazing deals. Don't you just wonder about who would have a body carrier to sell, and who would want one? YIKES!!

Kristi said...

that is TOOO funny!!! And LOVED that gold and black plant stand too!! I absolutely LOVE your little mans room! Can't wait to hear all about his arrival!! So happy for you!! :)

An Oasis in the Desert said...

Hope you are enjoying being snowed in & have plenty of bread, milk & TP. You know, the important stuff. I have given you a little award, so come over and check it out.

Paula@SweetPea said...

I love this series. Thank goodness I am not in the habit of searching Craigslist because I think I could get into some serious trouble!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

Wow! Look at those finds. I'm seriously dying over the sideboard. It's gorgeous. I have been searching for months for an old dresser at a reasonable price on CL. Trying to stay patient.

Gloria said...

First of all: I LOVE b'fast for dinner; Second of all: I will do without the casket handles and casket, thank you; Third: I can't believe you find all of these glorious deals in Jersey! I NEVER see stuff like this for sale in CT!!! I don't think I know HOW to "search" properly on Craigslist... it all looks complicated/all mixed up to me when I go on there. When you are sitting there, in the next few days, waiting for Cole to arrive, please email me and let me know how you do it!!!!! I MUST be doing something wrong, because YOU are the Craigslist Master!

Pamela said...

Loving those finds! Well that is except for the last two. Ewww!! The $100 china cabinet was my fave.