I do not know what took me so long to jump on the Craigslist boat. I had never bought anything off Craigslist until just a few months ago, but now I have purchased three terrific pieces of antique furniture and I am not about to stop. I think I am addicted!
The 1940’s secretary/desk in the photo is my latest purchase. (I know it looks kind of like a china cabinet, but it is not.) I bought it on Sunday for a mere $125 and it is gorgeous. It was originally listed for $300 for two months and then it fell off the listing. A few weeks later it was back on for $175. Now I was really interested. If I am going to shop on Craigslist, I want a bargain. I was definitely not going to pay $300 for this piece. In fact, as I was talking to my husband about possibly buying it, I told him I only wanted to pay $100.
Then I waited for almost another month to call about it after it was listed for the second time. That way I knew they would bargain. A few days before I called, I saw a photo in a magazine of almost the exact same piece in a gorgeous historic home in New Orleans. That sealed the deal. It looked so beautiful and elegant in that photo and I knew I had to have it. I told my husband I would go up to $125.
When I emailed the seller, I asked if the price was negotiable. No sense going to see it if it wasn’t. He said he wouldn’t go lower than $150. I thought about it for the day and then made arrangements to see it. Because I already loved it so much, I thought, “What the heck, it’s only $25 more than my highest limit. I’m going for it.” So we went to see it and it was so pretty!
I had originally thought about using it to display my majolica collection. When I saw it in person, I knew that my whole collection would not fit in it, so I hemmed. And then I hawed. And then I hemmed some more. I told him it didn’t look like it would fit the purpose I wanted to use it for. But I still stood there looking at it. The owner was in the middle of getting his house ready for sale and much of his furniture was already gone, so I knew he wanted to get rid of this big piece.
So I finally said to him, “Is $150 still your lowest price?” He said, “How about $125?” Bingo! He hit my price without me even having to ask!! I said, “You’ve got a deal” and whipped out $125 before he could change his mind and we loaded it into our trailer.
When we got it home, I tried some of my majolica on its shelves. (That’s the picture I took of it in its temporary holding place.) I was right, I still had about 15 more pieces that wouldn’t fit in it, so I am not sure what I am going to use it for, but at least I have it. The middle top drawer folds down to make a desk. The one in the magazine photo had it in the foyer with the desk down and a small stool under it. I may end up doing that, too. We’ll see. In the meantime, I have a delightful piece that I am going to cherish! Now back to perusing Craigslist for another bargain!