Mostly, Craigslist, and I say this as someone who loves (some may say is obsessed with) it, is a big fat waste of time. Occasionally, though, you search and there are so many good things. Since lately I’ve been finding some real gems, I’d thought I’d post these so that someone local can snap them up!
I’ve been pretty laid-back this year about decorating for Christmas. In part this has to do with the whole ‘front stoop’ situation, since right now the front step’s sorry state detracts for anything I do outside, and in part it’s been because there isn’t any snow yet. Something about greenery paired with dead grass just doesn’t get me in the decorating spirit. But this week, the kids are off of school, insisting on wearing Santa hats indoors, and generally inspiring me to kick up my holiday cheer levels, so I’m in search of decorating inspiration!
I constantly feel like I’m making no progress in finding things I love for the house, but then I decide to do another post on recent vintage finds and realize I’ve actually found quite a lot of things in the past few months!
I know that design and lifestyle blogs are for featuring pretty things, and easy DIYs, and nice, finished images of aspirational rooms, but today, I continue my (apparent) series from Monday on vintage regrets and mistakes. I found this bed (now nicely finished and in my son’s room) for $25. Yes, the wood was damaged in places but I’ve read enough internet to know that “Painting is an easy and cheap way to refresh old furniture!” And now I’m here to tell you that anyone who tells you this is BUILDING A HOUSE OF LIES.
As promised in my post about some of my favorite recent vintage finds, here are (some of my many) vintage purchases that I regret. Writing this hilariously revealed to me SO MANY of my personality flaws. Overconfidence in abilities to do everything by myself? YES. Glossing over important details because I want pretty thing? CHECK. Buying something because it is cheap, even though I don’t need it / it will cost a lot of money to fix? YUH-HUH. Trolling auction sites while having a glass of wine? YUP (maybe not a personality flaw, but friends, don’t drink and internet – it never ends well, and for me, it ends with useless furniture). Now, you’re probably thinking, that photo up there doesn’t look TOO bad. Nice turned legs, cute little brass detail on the keyholes. Looks like a sweet addition to an antique house. WELL, YOU WOULD BE WRONG …