Trolling Craigslist … Dallas/Ft. Worth

Trolling Craigslist DFW

Y’all know I have a thing for Texas. It started with ‘Friday Night Lights’ and then I went to Round Top Antique Fair, which really sealed the deal. So Texas and Coach Taylor, this is for you.

Milo Baughman Chair Bamboo Stools

Vintage side table: I wish there were two SOO bad, but this is a great little piece with great hardware for $80.

Pair of chairs: If that leather/vinyl is in good condition then these are great. If it;s not then skip. But the color/shape and style is pretty great for $225 a chair.

Milo Baughman chair: Just buy this. I’m emotionally exhausted just looking at it. Oh, if there were two. This isn’t a steal but everything that is Milo Baughman is a fortune so I’ve just accepted it at this point.

Bamboo stools: These are crazy adorable and total steals. Buy them and reward your butt by sitting on them.

Vintage Side Table and Desk Chairs

Pair of ¬†Regency side tables: I’m hoping these are real burl wood — not Formica. But they are pretty great, friends.

Burlwood side table: Now this one looks real. Again, I wish there were two, but the color is great and it could sit nicely next to a sofa (not a floating one, I’m assuming the back isn’t awesome).

Rolling desk chairs: These aren’t INCREDIBLE but they are pretty damn cute for $75. If you are on a budget, these are a total steal.

Vintage Brass Mirror and Shelf

Brass mirror: This could be cheap in person, but an interesting, sculptural standing mirror is always a good score.

Brass shelving unit: Very few houses can handle the ’80s quality of this shelving unit. But if you have a big bright white or gray room with a mix of modern and vintage pieces, then you might be able to pull it off.

Sectional: You had me at weird-shaped chaise. This bad boy will be around $1200 – $1500 to reupholster, which isn’t AWESOME, but it’s still way cheaper than most big box sectionals.

Vintage Dining Chairs and Bamboo Credenza

Bamboo credenza: I’ve never seen a sofa table like this and I’m officially ‘pro’ this sofa console. This could easily go a color that would be super chic as well.

Set of six dining chairs: Not for everyone, certainly. But six of these for $50 is a CRAZY steal. Sure, they are going to be $80 – $100 each to reupholster (and 1 1/2 yards of fabric each), but that is still a pretty inexpensive custom dining chair.

Vintage Coffee Table and Kind Bed

Coffee table: I’m trying to figure out how to customize this so it doesn’t look so tacky ’80s. Do you paint it and put a big piece of marble instead of glass? Do you buy a piece of wood and have it covered with worn leather instead of glass? It’s VERY tricky and you can fail easily, but for $15 it might be a fun challenge.

King size bed frame: Buy this for $50 and paint that sucker. If you want to have fun you could paint the molding inside a different color 0r put a different finish inside those shapes … Mirrors? Maybe a little porno. Upholster the inside? Could work if it wasn’t too fluffy … Or just strip and wax it and keep it pretty wood. (Just make sure you get all the shine off of it because the style with the varnish is what is dating it so bad.) I would probably most likely do a matte finish in a current color — forest green, coral, navy, peacock, hot pink (if it’s for a guest room), black if you are a bad ass … I could go on and on …

Thanks, Texas. I miss you and your hot sweaty nights after long days of antiquing.


  1. Ann Liebler

    Hi Emily, I love your work and think you have a great eye and instincts! I realize Detroit/Ferndale/Royal Oak might not be on your craigslist Trolling;) but if you were curious I would love to see what gets your attention. As I mother of 5 children I have spent some late night hours up with the baby and trolling myself. I live in Birmingham MI, a suburb just outside the city of Detroit.

  2. Kate B

    I’m still rooting for BUFFALO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I live in Fort Worth and YES there are always amazing finds on our Craigslist! Thanks for sharing your favorites:) That sofa table is FABULOUS by the way – would be super cool in white or something!

    xo, amy

  4. maija

    Western Massachusetts needs your help! Help us poor students find the gems!

  5. Christina

    Pittsburgh please!!!!

  6. Jenna

    Emily!!! I just love your craigslist adventures!! Now that you are in TX, will you PLEASSSSE make your way to Austin :)))). Thank you so so much!


  7. Sarah

    Still loving the posts, even if its not my area (SF)…. Yet

  8. OMG I love you!! I’m in dallas and that gold etagere is so close…I can almost taste it!!

  9. Melanie

    I’m rooting for Pittsburgh. You must have the best eye ever~!

  10. Love this series!! CL is so fun to search and nothing beats finding that amazing piece for a steal!

  11. ha! those are my stools :)

    I sell vintage in Dallas…and love your blog and your work. Thanks so much for being you!


    • Sarah

      Would you consider shipping for a fellow Em Hebderson groupie in San Francisco?

  12. Jessi

    yay Texas! Thanks Em! We sure miss ya!

  13. Jen W

    Loving these posts. Boston or Providence next please!

  14. Hill

    Please, Please, Please Denver, Colorado!!!!
    And can you sort through the pet listings for a puppy too?

  15. Jess Hartnett

    New Orleans, please!!!

  16. Please consider doing some CL hunting in Alabama (preferably Birmingham). It’s a CHALLENGE. Either that or I’m treasure-blind. Help a girl out!

  17. Jenna

    I just found your blog and IT IS MY FAVOURITE THING EVER!

  18. Annabelle

    Cool, so I know with this post you’re probably covering Texas but you know Texas is so big, is there any chance you might do a trolling Craigslist Houston? Thanks for all your posts, love reading it all.

  19. Lacey

    I love these. I work at a vintage/new/used furniture shop in Austin (Vacancy Road!) and you are a huge inspiration for my styling in the store. I thought I was the only one who was a perfectionist at book stacking :) ha! As far as these Craigslist posts, could you give us some advice on keywords you use when trolling? Or have you already done that?

    have a great day!

  20. Kristin

    Still rooting for good ol’ Milwaukee!

  21. Kate

    San Antonio, Austin, San Marcos could really use some attention. You can probably lump us all together since we are close to each other. But if you only pick one, I say pick San Antonio. :)

  22. Emily

    Stay in Texas, Houston please! I’ve found some great things via mister Craig and his list. :)

  23. Bonnie keaton

    You totally made my day! I sell vintage pieces here in Dallas and my burlwood end tables and gold mirror made your list! I can brag about this right??
    You and Morgan (TBH) are a huge inspiration! Thank you =)

  24. Jo in NZ

    Please, please do the New Zealand equivalent of craiglist, TradeMe!

  25. Rachel

    I love this post. Only problem is, it made this Texan living overseas super homesick! Love your blog…

  26. I’ve been eying those green chairs on my local CL for a week now… somehow I feel as if you’ve just validated my entire design aesthetic :) Many thanks!

  27. Love that you took a look at Dallas’ cragslist! I met you at Round Top, and that is actually how i first started following your blog. :)

  28. Jennifer K.

    Emily-you’re freaking me out a little with the Craiglist posts! I’m a dealer in vintage stuffs in Atlanta; and when you looked at the ATL CL a few weeks ago I had earmarked almost all of your choices!
    Now-I’m originally from Dallas-(weird fact #1)-and I recently sold a pair of those same exact Drexel nightstands and a 9-drawer dresser (the line is called Woodbriar and it’s circa 1978) that I had refinished in…dove grey! Just like the one above! I also recently sold a single of those (again) exact same office chairs but I reupholstered it in black & white (weird facts #2 & #3).
    Aaannnnd I currently have that exact brass etagere for sale…so if anyone in ATL wants one I’ve got it….hahaha (weird fact #4)!

  29. Whoa! Looks like I need to hop back onto Craigslist. My husband and I live in Fort Worth and are always looking for a stylish deal. Apparently, I’ve been missing out on some ridiculous finds! Thanks for sharing.

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  31. Love your style and blog! The yellow leather chairs and bamboo console table you featured are mine, thank you so much! I have an etsy shop and ship nationwide if you or any other readers are interested.

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