Trolling Craigslist… Indianapolis!

I know nothing about you, sir Indianapolis, but I like your vintage finds. Lets troll …

Trolling CL Indy Indy CL vintage lamp

1. $50 Vintage Desk Lamp Not a show stopper but a super cute architectural lamp that could work in your modern space. It kinda looks like a sad robot but maybe he just needs a good home.
2. $15 Vintage Steelcase Desk Chair Always a classic. This chair could use a recovering, but with $15 its off to a good start. I’d think that it would be under $100 (and could be as cheap as $40) to recover, with only needing a yard of fabric. Good deal.
3. $100/set of Breuer Arm Chairs These guys need recovering and refinishing, but they are classics and can be really pretty and comfortable. You’ll have to invest a bit (maybe $60 per chair + refinishing) but could be worth it.

Indy CL Set fo Eames Shell chairs

4. $800/ Set of Eames Shell Chairs Expensive, sure, but BEAUTIFUL. That color is insane and their classic shape is something you can’t get bored with. Snatch those up.
5. $75/ Set of Hairpin Stools So cute. I was just saying yesterday that the hairpin movement might be reaching its peak (not to say that I don’t still love a classic hairpin but I’m just ready to not see them EVERYWHERE). But these guys have the foot rest ring thing which makes them look totally vintage and slightly more unique. Plus they are a great price. Too bad one of your friends will be sitting at least a foot higher than the others. But maybe there are three of you that are really tall and you have a really short friend and you’ve been looking for a way to even all of you out – emotionally and physically.

Indy CL lots of vintage chairs

6. $150/ Set of Vintage Folding Chairs I have a thing for vintage folding chairs. I think it’s from living in New York and loving/needing temporary furniture (furniture you can fold up and put away when people aren’t over so it doesn’t crowd your 200 square foot apartment).
7. $45 Pair of Woven Mid Century Chairs I’m never sure what to do with two chairs – throw them around a breakfast table, or flank a credenza with them, but these two are pretty cute for the price.
8. $35/e Folding Cane Chairs Again with the folding chairs! These are real cute, though. A little more unique. Put them around a Saarinen table (or the knock off from CB2 or Ikea) and call it a day.
9. $40 Pair of Industrial Stools If you got some industrial style going on then these two adorable stools might be for you. Especially for $20 a pop.

Indy Cl vintage dude couch

10. $900 Vintage Leather Sofa Does a bear buy vintage in the woods? YES!!!! Buy this. I realize its $900 which is not nothing but its worth it for this beauty. It looks like the leather is in the perfect worn condition, the shape is interesting (are you a Chesterfield or are you mid-century?) and while $900 is a lot of money, this would be at least $2400 in a store.
11. $15 Wire Patio Chairs Now next to that sofa these are looking kinda puny and sad. These chairs are easy to find and therefore easy to create a set. They are also easy to spray paint. I’ve bought a lot of them before for an outdoor project because I think there shape is cute and modern. For $7.50 each that is not bad, folks.
Happy Tuesday, folks. Where to next?
  1. Kirsten

    Love that you trolled Indianapolis! The circle city has lots of great vintage finds :)

  2. Amy

    San Diego!!! :)

  3. Sarah

    Thank you emily for the post. Still lovin these.
    Got the lamp you suggested,after you suggested it, when you did SF.

  4. CS

    Since you went to Indianapolis….I thought I’d see if you’ve heard about Columbus, IN (a smallish town 45 mins from Indianapolis) because it is very well-known for LOTS of amazing mid-century architecture and design. I grew up there loving the buildings (the library is to die for) and it is no surprise that mid-century modern is now my fav as an adult.

    Here’s an NPR article on it –

  5. CAT

    You kill me. You should open a store on Etsy – with the salespitch you gave on those different height stools, you could sell anything! If the whole design thing doesn’t pan out for you :) you should try selling ice to Eskimos. Hilarious.

  6. amb

    I love this series. Maybe Vancouver, Canada next?? That’d be awesome.

  7. Loribeth

    That couch makes me want to curl up in the corner of it with a cup of coffee and a cigar.

  8. Tara

    Thanks for spotlighting my hometown!! Wish you would come for a real visit!

  9. Kathryn

    Raleigh, NC, please!

  10. Ruth

    England! Do a Gumtree search for us, pretty please! :)

  11. Jo

    Any specific suggestions (anyone?) for refinishing the Breuer chairs? I have two, and they have been just sitting, staring at me. Mocking. My mind goes a million ways with the upholstery. HELP ME. I want to use these sweet little comfy chairs. Please & thank you.

  12. Maria

    Hi Emily you are my all time favorite designer. And little Charlie is super cute. But I wanted to know what do you type in in the search bar for craigslist? What are your key words. Thanks

  13. Marie

    St. Louis, MO please!

  14. Meg

    I was also going to suggest St. Louis!

  15. Emily


    • Mara

      Yes yes, Miami!!

  16. Kate

    Come troll Santa Barbara CL for us! In my experience, things listed are often inexplicably overpriced.

  17. Hannah Rose

    Want that leather sofa so hard!

  18. Katie

    New haven, ct…. Pizza and mid century finds!

  19. Kat

    YES! Indy has some great vintage finds.

  20. Are you still writing that post about how to choose flooring? I’ve been looking forward to it!
    Also, Vancouver!

  21. KateR

    Thanks for doing a spot on Indy. It’s a great place to live or visit. Loving that sofa! I was in need of some inspiration this morning… and to come across a posting that had finds from my city was just what I needed! I fall in love with so many things online but they are always located in cities that receive a lot more coverage (Chicago, etc.). Maybe you could do a spot on another charming and overlooked city… Louisville, KY. Thanks!

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  23. Ashley

    Houston Houston Houston! Because no one believes we possess anything but livestock and oil.

  24. Katie

    Love these posts. Do Baltimore!

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  26. katie

    I’d LOVE to see one for Tampa Bay, FL.

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