Trolling Craigslist… Providence!


Trolling CL Providence

Brian and I went on vacation once to Rhode Island where we wore sweaters on our shoulders and sipped pimms cups. That part of the East Coast is just so pretty and old and everything feels like Great Gatsby all the time. So I was a bit disappointed in the Craigslist there this week, but it could just be a bad week there or maybe there are enough savvy buyers buying everything up. Either way, we found some gems.

trolling CL providence leather chair marble and campaign dresser

1. $25 Brass & Marble Side Table I don’t LOVE you but I do really like you and I can’t seem to get enough small round tables, so this one could go in my collection.

2. $75 Vintage Leather Chair Yeah, this is a score. Give it a pouf as an ottoman, pair it with your midccentury style sofa and call it a day.

3. $180 Campaign Dresser I have yet to find a campaign dresser that I didn’t like. This one is great because it looks like it doesn’t need to be refinished, but if you find one that does calculate in $300 for refinishing (its strangely more expensive than upholstery even though it is easier to DIY).

4. $50 Brass Dipped Side Table You should be $40, but I like your feet enough to include you. If this is a DIY’d table, though, then i’m on the fence. Its still cute, but its better (obviously) if its actually brass.

Trolling CL providence desk rocker and chairs

5. $50 Pair of Mid Century Chairs I can’t tell, but i’m interested, certainly for $25 a piece. Are you real leather? What does your back look like? Would you be cute flanking a credenza in a hallway or dining room?

6. $35 Thonet Bentwood Rocker I’ve never met a bentwood rocker that i haven’t liked. Ask Allen Stone, he even had that one shipped to his house in Seattle.

7. $25 Mid Century Desk: You need a makeover but your lines are simple and your price is low.

Trolling CL providence milo baughman and bamboo dressers

8. $150 Pair of Bamboo Dressers This would only work in the right house (coastal or boho) but two nightstands with storage for $50 is not bad, folks.

9. $250 Milo Baughman Chair I have two of these in ultrasuede (secret: white ultrasuede just looks like white fabric) I got mine for $450 for the pair. So $250 isn’t bad – especially if they are really Milo’s.

Trolling CL providence settee and patio chairs

10. $95 Set of 4 Wire Patio Chairs I think these are pretty adorable. I bought a bunch of these once at the flea market for $10 each and I wish that these were less, but they are still pretty cute and more original/unique than Ikea.

11. $200 Vintage Settee This is a project. It needs reupholstery (gray linen? green velvet?) and refinishing (less shiny? raw finish?) but once done it would be so cute and unique. I love the scale, shape and the woodwork on the back.

Ok… I’m in New York shooting the Cattery today, and then hanging out with Brian and Sir. Charles in Central Park. Traveling with family is WILDLY more fun than traveling alone. And thanks to everyone who came last night to the meet and greet. Y’all made me feel very special. xx

  1. I love those blue wire chairs! I keep hoping for some wire chairs to pop up on Craigslist in Houston but no luck yet!

  2. Rachel

    I heart that rocking chair!

    Would love to see a “how to travel with a young ‘un” post! I know every kid is different, but any tips/suggestions would be appreciated.

    Real jealous of that pretty weather in NYC – especially since it snowed here in Chicago this morning. Doesn’t Mother Nature know that it’s May?

  3. Alexis

    It’s ridiculous how much I enjoy your trolling craigslist posts! Could it be that I’m a craigslist addict? I think so :) I often tell my husband I need to start and join CA (craigslist anonymous). I just love finding insane deals. Recently I got this beautiful walnut mid century hutch for $50 and they delivered it and were practically apologizing to me about it and said, “I hope it’s ok”! :) it was her MILs and she just wanted it out of her house.

  4. Sarah

    Thanks! Love the ultra suede tip!

  5. Kristi Jensen

    I live in Providence and trust me, there are TOO MANY savvy buyers here! I have found some AMAZING things on Craigslist. My last great buy was a green velvet chair with ottomon for $60 that had never been sat on….like ever! We are spoiled…..

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  7. Andrea K

    @emhenderson – Can you troll craigslist in Vancouver, Canada next, please? I think you will be surprised to see that a) there is some weird/awesome stuff, but b) it’s freaking expensive. I’d love to see what deals you can find :)

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  9. um…35 for that bentwood rocker? i guess the one i saw at habitat for humanity for 200 was a little cray then. didn’t realize how crazy, but clearly the answer is extremely.

  10. Deb

    Ohmygosh, I used to have a bunch of those #10 wire chairs in red, on my deck, on Whidbey Island, WA. What a hoot to see them resurface again! Glad you’re having so much fun in NYC; wish I could have adopted that beautiful cat you were holding but alas, I’m on the other side of the country. Thx for all of your continued inspiration!!!

  11. Katie

    Emily, could you share some of the search terms you use to find this stuff? “mid century” OR “vintage” for example.


  12. Lori

    OK, either Baltimore just sucks for Craigslist, people snap things up too fast, or I’m bad at this.

    I’d love a post about how to effectively troll Craigslist. I mean, do you have search strategies or do you just sit there and scroll? Help us, oh wise one!

  13. Jolene

    Always fun! Glad the whole fam is with you – enjoy!

  14. Emmy

    Yay! Happy to see the PVD featured! I second the comment above that people around here scoop up the good stuff really fast!

  15. Sarah

    Emily every time you flank a credenza with wonderful chairs it looks amazing and effortless but every time I consider this in my own home I feel silly like “won’t people wonder why I have chairs there?”. I can’t think of time where that would be a natural place to sit. Maybe this is the home design equivalent of liking an outfit on someone else but thinking you can’t pull it off? Am I cuckoo?

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