Trolling Craigslist… Portland

Trolling Craigslist Portland

Maybe I’m feeling homesick, or maybe its just one of the best cities in the world but it seemed time to go to Portland. And much like your expectations for the rain, Portland doesn’t disappoint. Lets get shopping.



Trolling Craigslist portland vintage desk chairs mirror rocker

1. $50/pair 80s Rolling Chairs I think it’s because office chairs are usually so expensive IF they are comfortable that every time I see a vintage upholstered rolling chair with good bones, I want it. Yes this will be $150 at least to reupholster but then you have two matching dope office chairs for WAY cheaper than new.

2. $125 Art Deco vanity My love for Art Deco is not waning. You need the right house and the right styling, but this is a sweet little vanity.

3. $50 Brass Mirror I mean … this guys is the Liberace of mirrors. SOOOOOO gaudy. But also crazy cheap and makes such a statement. Just make sure its a statement you want to make.

4. $100 Bentwood Rocking Chair  Grab this guy. I love a bent wood rocker. So classic, sculptural and timeless.

trolling Criagslist portland vintage sofa and chair

5. $95 Wonderful Vintage Sofa I like how they titled it ‘wonderful’. Like, are you sure? It does have VERY good bones and lots of fun diamond tufting and chesterfieldian qualities, for sure. This bad boy would be at least 1K to reupholster, needing at least 15 yards of fabric, but if you are in the mood for that project then you are going to yield a fabulous result. Gray linen?

6. $15 Awesome Vintage Chair Oh you are at once hideous and awesome. So 80′s in a Kelly Wearstler style way. This chair needs a serious update with an awesome fabric. Could be a crazy floral pattern, or tone it down with a solid emerald-green linen. So comfortable, so stylish, just needs  A LOT of love and a good vision. And some dough. Thats all.

trolling craigslist portland set of rolling chairs and mcm chair

7. $25 Mid Century Side Chair Cute little office chair. Nothing fancy but cute.

8. $30 Set of Three Rolling Chairs Again with my office chair obsession. These aren’t bad as is, but if you freshened up the fabric (even just black) that could look good. Be wary of how beat up the plastic arms are. But for $10 a piece you kinda can’t go wrong.

trolling craigslist portland brass bed bamboo rockign horse


9. $50 Brass Headboard This headboard is either disgusting cheap brass or a super fun cheap way to dress up your guest room. Those lines are wacky, certainly but i could see them working in an Anthropologie style room. Curtains with ball fringe, a floral throw at the end of the bed, a mid-century style nightstand and a white hyde rug. You can do it.

10. $20 Mid Century Side Table Not sure if this is a Saarinen or just an Ikea knock off. Obviously one is worth WAY more than another. Either way I can’t seem to get enough small round modern side tables. They instantly make my eclectic rooms look more modern and pulled together.

11. $80 Bamboo Rocking Horse $80 is a bit steep for this guy, but if your nursery is lacking that sculptural element that screams ‘playful vintage’ then snag this. I’m picturing little Charlie looking up at me with sadness in his eyes, saying, ‘Mommy where’s my playful sculptural element?’. You mustn’t neglect ones gratuitous childhood vintage nursery fantasies. Nay.

Where to next, folks?

  1. Landrie


  2. Angela

    Durham, NC

  3. Elita


  4. cynthia

    I love Portland, too, but I only know it as a visitor.

    What is the “right house” and “right styling” for Deco? I see lots of dressers like that on my local CL and love them as well. Also, worth paying more than $125?

  5. yay! I have been waiting for you to feature the city of roses!!! Hopefully these are not all scooped up already I could go for that headboard!

  6. Della

    Come north of the border to Canada! Toronto.

  7. Sally

    Richmond, VA!

  8. Laurabeth


  9. Elizabeth T.

    HOUSTON! Pretty please :)

  10. You should do Denver! Give Colorado some design love that it definitely deserves :)

  11. Em

    I second the Milwaukee request!

  12. Vancouver, pretty please!

  13. Samantha

    YAY! I’ve been waiting for this one. The sofa and the rocker have been on my radar for a while… and I don’t even have kids. :)

    • Dee

      Samantha, same! I hadn’t seen the sofa yet (soooo tempted…), but I had pinned the rocker long ago. Kids aren’t even happening yet, but it’s so beautiful.

  14. Chelsi Krause

    Oklahoma City pretty please!

  15. Kelly L.


  16. christine

    Seattle, for sure :D

  17. Julie

    Dallas, TX

  18. Anna

    Have to vote Atlanta… Maybe your Craigslist-fu is better than mine. I have 0 luck!

  19. Gretchen

    Albany, NY. I’ve found some good stuff, but I’m curious what you would find.

  20. Jenny

    Try my hood: Grand Rapids MI and/or nearby Holland MI. Home to Herman Miller, you are always sure to find some good MCM gems. Aside from that you can find a lot of great cheapies because people tend to not know what they have in these smaller towns (perfect example: I somehow found an adorable campaign dresser even though it was titled “laminate chest of drawers” – ha!)

  21. Melanie

    Dallas DALLAS Dallas… pretty pretty please!

  22. Wendy

    Send some Craiglist love to Phoenix, please!

  23. Mina'

    How about going international and pick Barcelona :)

  24. Samantha

    Richmond or Fredericksburg, VA!

  25. Jessica

    Emily, I really love this series and get a little excited every time I see Trolling Craigslist…

  26. Terry

    I live in Portland and have been eying that orange sofa for months now. The price has dropped quite a bit and I am very tempted (just need to convince the husband). I have seen a lot of bentwood rockers in PDX for sale at a much cheaper price than $100, so my advice is to pass on this one and wait for a better price.

  27. Candice Marie

    Houston =)

  28. Maria


    • Dona

      I second that! Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs please. We need some relief and something to look forward to after being devastated by all that snow.

  29. Kim

    San Francisco Bay Area!

  30. Kim

    Never mind! I haven’t visited your blog in a few days and there it was…San Francisco! Thanks!

  31. Robyn

    Come on Emily,

    It’s Houston’s turn!!!! We have been waiting so long….


  32. Elisabeth

    Yay Portland!! I haven’t been trolling Craiglist lately (one can only hoard so much furniture in an apartment)…But I kinda love that mirror! It is SO gaudy but I think if it was painted a fun color it would be pretty sweet. Hmmm…Maybe I shall have to look.

  33. J Perkins

    Love your ‘trolling craigslist’ so much! Sacramento please….!

  34. Sandy B

    Love Portland, but when did they co-opt Austin’s Keep Austin Weird slogan?

  35. Julian

    Now I can’t shop Craigslist without thinking “Emily would like that!”.

  36. Sabrina

    Mommy, where my playful sculptural element? Perfect.

  37. Callie

    Thanks for doing portland! My husband grabbed #7 for me! Great price for a little project chair. My husband and I love furniture projects so I think we’ll end up refinishing the wood and recovering the seat. It’s pretty beat up. I LOVE your style and work and am excited…in a kind of weird stalker way…to have a chair you helped me pick out! Ha!

  38. Sarah

    Birmingham, AL please!

  39. Dina Jardine

    I have some chairs on there I want to SELL!

  40. tammyCA

    The waterfall vanity and tufted couch are very cool.

  41. Erin

    I miss Portland so much! Plus it’s CL is always full of amazing deals!

  42. Elizabeth

    Ann Arbor, MI!

    • nasseem

      Yes, or Detroit!

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  44. Kansas City please :) Maybe you’ll have better luck than I do.

  45. Colleen

    Cleveland Rocks! Let’s see what sort of goodies you can drum up :)

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  47. I wish, so much, that you’d do a trolling craigslist: columbia, sc. I know it’s so small town comparably. :) But I’m so hopeful after reading your blog and I go to Craigslist and … nothing! Such a bummer.

  48. Staci

    Keep it close to home and show San Diego some love!! You’re site is awesome – it’s my new daily blog stop while I sip my morning cup o’ tea.

  49. Rachel

    I think you will be proud that I recently scored a Drexel dining table for $95 that just happens to be part of their Perspective line designed by Milo Baughman!! I couldn’t believe it when I saw it. It definitely needs to be refinished and didn’t have the extra two leaves but considering the same table (refinished with all parts) is going for $6,000 on 1stdibs, I think I did pretty well. Plus, it’s so pretty AND Milo Baughman for under $100! Thank you Portland CL. You have been good to me.

  50. Tracy

    Had to send this to you — $25 Chesterfield sofa in Buffalo, NY! Needs reupholstering but what a super score for someone, right? Blue velvet would’ve been totally “you.” :)

  51. Well, I just high-fived myself for snagging one of those bamboo rockers last month now that I see it’s been EH-approved! (Although I thrifted mine for $10, which is feeling like quite the steal compared to $80…!)

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