The selection on craigslist in and around my area is usually pretty disappointing, but I peruse it often anyway just to see if anything good pops up. I've found a few great pieces, specifically this great mid-century dresser for my brother.
I stumbled across a few listings from City Limits Bargain Shop in North Augusta that caught my eye. My dad and I were going to be running errands in Augusta anyway so I thought it'd be worth a quick stop.
This sign greeted us when we pulled up. We thought, well this will be interesting... (FYI, apparently 'butt dust' is a dry meat rub for barbeque.)
The store was not very big inside and there was only a small selection of furniture. Then the saleswoman said her husband could take us to the warehouse if we wanted to look at the rest. I was game, so we trekked out back and I could not have been more pleasantly surprised.
Needless to say, I was in heaven! It was awesome. And for the most part the prices were very reasonable. They especially had a large selection of dining chairs. Sadly I didn't find a set that would work for me this time but this place is certainly going to stay on my radar. I did, however, find some great casual/side chairs for myself and my brother.
A couple of weeks ago I'd stopped in to look at Bargain Hunters Antiques & Consignment, which was preparing for it's big grand opening the next day. There was a beautiful desk that I knew my brother would like. It was priced more than what he would typically spend on an unplanned purchase, but I knew it was right up his alley so I texted him a picture on a whim. By the time he'd texted me back to ask if they'd negotiate, I was already on my way back home. I tried calling and emailing but got no answer. We figured it just wasn't meant to be. When I told him I was going to be near there he told me to check on the desk because, and I quote, "I need it in my life." I was pleasantly surprised not only to find that it was still there, but the price had been dropped to what he'd originally wanted to offer. Destiny, people. Destiny.
I also got this pair of mid-century chairs for him at the first store for only $60.
These are the chairs I got for myself at City Limits. For now they're parked at my dining table and I actually really like how they look. I'm still on the hunt for upholstered dining chairs, but I think these would make a great addition flanked on each end. I'm excited to find a fun fabric to recover the seats, but I like the wood finish so I'm happy not to have to refinish it. And it was only $20 for the pair!
Obviously, I love furniture shopping for myself, but there is something really special about finding a piece for someone else. And my brother is even more particular than I am, so this really feels like a small victory!
Have you had good craigslist finds/failures? Or stumbled upon an unassuming store that turned out to be a treasure trove?