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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Craigslist Love

 I heart Craigslist (most of the time). Whenever I am ready to switch out some displays at the booth and deep discounts at the mall don't do the trick, Craig and his list take care of business. One of the best parts about Craigslist getting to meet fun people who have great ideas (and obviously great taste) for vintage items. Here are a few pictures of my favorite Craigslist sales, two of which were sent to me after the sale:

The happy chickens in their new home! 

 An awesome repurposing for this turquoise Radio Flyer.

A vintage classic, though hard to ride on hills. 

This last photo is of a longleaf pine cabinet that went to a couple who were redoing an a 1930's home; they bought this to build into their bathroom. Wish I would have gotten an update of how it turned out, as I love to see how these items find use in new spaces. 

Last week, I had another Craigslist victory - I couldn't let the cat out of the bag until today though; the gentleman who purchased this great farmhouse cabinet was buying it as an anniversary gift for his wife. Awwww, what a sweet man to buy sentimental salvage for his lady! 

He was pretty much set on the cabinet, as his wife said she was in love with it and wanted it for their 1930's home that they purchased in Austin and had moved to San Marcos just this past Monday - talk about wanting to see pictures of the before and after! I will do my best to track some down to share with you. 

The day after I email with him, I receive another email from a lady who really wanted to come see the cabinet. I write her back, letting her know I have someone coming already to look at it, but tell her I will let her know either way afterward. She eagerly writes back saying she looks forward to hearing from me. I thought it was interesting that I had the cabinet listed for at least a month with no hits (other than spammers who want to know if the cabinet is in 'new condition'), and then in one day I get two legitimate inquiries. But the cabinet is a solid piece, so I didn't think too much about it. 

Fast forward another day: while reading another email from Gregg, I see his website tag for his South Austin music venue. I click on it and read about how he and his wife started the place in 2004...and then it hit me that the other lady who emailed me about the cabinet IS his wife! 

When I next talk to Gregg, I told him that his wife emailed about the cabinet. He wanted me to write her back just before he came to pick it up to let her know that it already sold. Sneaky! I love that he wanted a good surprise for her and I can only imagine how excited she was when she discovered that the man who beat her to the cabinet was her husband. 

Gentlemen, take some tips from Gregg! Listen to your lady and buy her something that will stand the test of time - a chippy farmhouse cabinet. I have another one in the garage in case you are interested...

Have a chic week,

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  1. LOVE that story - I bet she was so excited when she learned it was all hers!! Do you buy on Craigslist too? I do a little of both!

  2. Sarah, what a great story. I love a romantic guy! I'm glad you've had good success with Craigslist because I've been reluctant to list things on there (although, I have bought from the list).


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