Trolling Craigslist… Omaha

Trolling Craigslist Omaha

Just because I’m moving and having a baby does not mean that I don’t have time to troll Craigslist. Nay. I mean, does a food addict stop eating just because they are in a day long seminar? Does an athlete not go on jogs just because its raining? Does Kim Kardashian stop putting on mascara just because she doesn’t have a mirror?

You, busy life, can’t stop us. You won’t.

So I trolled Omaha, but wasn’t totally impressed with what I found … some good stuff but certainly not Pittsburgh standards. But its all part of the game … the gamble … the sport that is online shopping.

Lets play.

Brass Bed Chrome Chairs Omaha

1. $200 Brass Bed Price isn’t blowing me away, neither is the bed itself, but in the right room this could look super chic. What I like about it is how square and modern it is  … well for a brass bed.

2. $25/pair Retro Chrome Chairs Oh, that’s a super good price for two adorable office chairs. They don’t seem like they need recovering, but if you did them in the same color obviously they would be super cute as well (and an upholstery job like that shouldn’t be more than $80 – $120 each.)

Free Sofa MCM credenza Omaha

3. FREE COUCH Not bad for free. Reupholster it and get rid of that skirt. You’ll need probably 12 – 15 yards and the labor should be around $1000 – $1500 – possibly WAY less if you got some connections.

4. $550 Mid Century Credenza Meh. I’m stretching. It’s not that great for $550. This should be $230 because its just not unique enough – and we are in Omaha, people.

Vintage Chairs and Pair of Lamps Omaha

5. $100 Mid Century Office Chair Bummer that its vinyl but that wood is awesome.

6. $100 Brass Upholstered Side Chair Just in case your husband thought you were normal – surprise him with this super 80′s and very exciting chair. It’s not for everyone – maybe only for a couple of people (in the world), actually, but its pretty rad.

7. $35/pair  Vintage Indian Lamps They need the right context, for sure. I’m picturing them with a black and white striped modern sofa, a colorful kilem rug (or boucheriette rug) and some tassled pillows. OR keep it more refined flanking a clean lined linen sofa and an antique persian rug … The price is right for the pair, but watch it with the shades – those bad boys could add up. I use Replacement Lampshades to buy all my online shades.

8. $40 Industrial Desk Chair Color is cute. Seat is easy to recover. Grab her if that color works in your house, but otherwise skip that lady. Go for a simple color on the seat and pull it up to a white lacquer desk.


Card Catalog and Chair Omaha

9. $150/each Vintage Card Catalogs Because where else are you going to store your card catalogs for your home library? Sadly I do remember these from elementary school and junior high and things that we needed. I’m not even that old, guys. In LA these pieces are so expensive, not that this is a steal  because it ain’t. But its cool and authentic.

10. $20  Vintage Tufted Swivel Chair Pretty adorable for $20 don’t you think? Snag that bad boy … like yesterday. xx

Where to next? Montreal? Philadelphia?

Check out all the past Trolling Craigslists if you are an addict like me …

  1. Erin

    I was so excited that you did Omaha (being a Nebraska girl myself). But you’re right, if that’s the best of the best then it must be a sad state on Craig’s List there. I can say that Omaha has a totally kick-ass midcentury vintage store in the Old Market area called Hutch. They post all their new stuff on Facebook and they get some beautiful pieces. I’m gonna assume that the midcentury aficionados take their stuff there instead of selling it on Craig’s list.

  2. Morgan

    Indianapolis, IN???

  3. meg

    I love the Pittsburgh shout-out! It really is such a fun town.

  4. KAIT

    these craigslist posts of yours are definitely some of my favorites. such clever ideas on how to update/use items i never would have thought of myself!

  5. Marlena

    Madison,WI, please!

  6. Lily

    Toronto please! We Canadians need some love too :)

  7. Heather

    Houston please!

  8. Kitty

    Why is it I love your craigslist posts even when I live no where near the said city?! Love them every time! Minneapolis next??

  9. YES- great idea do Montreal! Maybe I’m biased ’cause I live there and then I can snap up any of the things you mention.

  10. Alexandra

    Charlotte, NC!!!

  11. Cassidy

    I love these features! Such a cool way to interact with your audience . . .

    I actually followed one of your leads for an office chair in Atlanta . . . it had already sold, but the guy was like, why am I getting so many phone calls?!?! I told him a famous designer included his ad in her blog about awesome Craigslist finds and he was amazed . . . and he wished he had asked for more $$$ :)

  12. Anitra

    Boise! I got a rad MCM table and chairs for $200! Seats 6-8 too!

  13. Atlanta!! Troll Atlanta sometime soon, please! :) xo

  14. Tracey

    Yes, Philadelphia!

  15. Laura

    Do Savannah, GA! I’ve been trolling myself to find some cute kitchen chairs but I don’t think I have the eye to see the good stuff through all the junk.

  16. Hudson Moore


  17. Anna

    Montreal please! We have some amazing finds, but the prices are sometimes less so :(

  18. Bailey

    I love these posts! I know I have shouted out Spokane, WA before, but there or Seattle would be amazing!!

  19. Neil

    Philadelphia please!

  20. Carrie

    PHILLY!!!! please please please

  21. Amy

    Cincinnati…please, pretty please with sugar on top!
    Can you please list tips on how you search Craigslist? Do you use specific key words?

  22. Colin


  23. Kristin


  24. Don’t be such a snob — good, bad and questionable taste exists everywhere, and the BEST cupcakes can be found in Omaha right next to a veg- + child-friendly Thai restau, which shocked us (but shouldn’t have) as midwestern unis are plein de int’l students. (Jones Bros Cupcakes and Mai Thai in Aksarben, fyi)

  25. caroline

    Do you ever get freaked out by the possibility of bed bugs in used furniture? I used to be a CraigsList/antique store/fleamarket fan until a friend infested her apartment with a sofa she bought on CL. Now I am sadly super, super paranoid and wouldn’t even consider it :(

  26. Wendy

    Phoenix, please!!

  27. Valerie

    So have you ever thought about offering a service responding to, “hey, I found this piece, it’s $XXX – is it worth it? and if so, what, if anything, would you do to it?” …cause I have one of those kinds of questions!
    (I can’t get enough of your style – thank you for the inspiration!!)

  28. Anneliese

    I vote for Albuquerque/Santa Fe! Listings get kind of crazy here, especially in Santa Fe!

  29. Omaha is the city I Craigslist in (though not the one I live in), and I’m glad to see I’m not the only one that can’t find anything really awesome. Most days things are ordinary or overpriced or both. I usually find much better stuff at New Life Thrift or The Annex.

  30. Jenny


  31. Cynthia


  32. Angela

    Raleigh/Durham, NC!

  33. Shasta Mitchell

    Come to Salt Lake City!!

  34. Courtney

    Minneapolis! :)

  35. Lisa

    Minneapolis please

  36. barb c

    philly please!! we need you!!

  37. kelly

    Orlando, please! We need an infusion of Style by EH down here :)

  38. Danielle

    pleeeeeease do the Hudson Valley!!

  39. Steph Connor

    Philly! Philly! Philly! Please :)

  40. Lindsay

    Richmond, VA!

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  41. Lindsay

    Montreal, please!!!! For all us French Canadian readers! :) I’m sure there are some interesting things to be found in this city.

  42. Laura

    Hi Emily! So happy you trolled Omaha’s Craigslist! I moved here a little over a year and have found a number a treasures via Craigslist (including, to my surprise and delight, an original Knoll Saarinen dining table). Craigslist in the Omaha area does seem to be feast or famine, and right now it does seem to be famine time :-)

  43. You are KILLING me me some pics of how that house is coming along!! I’m living vicariously… :)

  44. sarab

    Yes yes MONTREAL! :)

  45. Jess Hartnett

    New Orleans!

  46. Gaidig


  47. Jessica


  48. Tanya

    Ooooh, Philly Philly Philly! Pretty Please!

    That 80′s chair is something else, definitely. And the couch has pretty cool lines, and I would outsource the upholstery of the hard parts, like the cushions, and do the easy parts myself.

  49. Lorne Z

    Toronto! Help out a Canuck stuck in the snow!

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