Thursday, March 11, 2010

jessica's lincoln nebraska craig finds (aka this shit was hard)

today i had the distinct pleasure of trolling around the lincoln nebraska craigslist. fuck me that shit was ugly. but i am pretty sure i managed to pull off another success. jessica asked for rita konig/ruthie sommers inspired things. easy for me since i heart those bitches too. not easy to find in lincoln however.

here's what jessica wrote to yours truly:


Hi Jenny,

My hometown Craigslist (Lincoln, NE) is pretty grim. You're pretty much SOL unless you love "solid oak" or are looking for a particleboard computer desk. My style: I love Rita Konig and Ruthie Sommers. Looking for: a headboard for my bedroom, coffee table, lamps, artwork.

Thanks! I adore your blog!


ok jess...first up is:

1920's victorian couch- $?? they didn't list the price, so it could be 40ramillion dollars. but i think you should inquire. it is lovely. and it's like 6 feet long.


i managed to find 3 headboards in a sea of puke that i thought you could make work.

this one:
king headboard- $60 (since you didn't tell me what size bed you have i had to guess) this one is upholstered but you could re-upholster it using this link.

i was inspired by ruthie sommers own bedroom:



this one comes listed with the following 2 pieces (there are 5 pieces total but the owner only posted 4 pics) but you could probably split them up but all 3 pieces are great individually, they just need some shiny paint.
queen size headboard, dresser and armoire: $750 total (but again, ask for one piece or to come down in price) i saw this headboard painted creamy white against a dark gray wall, maybe?

really could be fabulous with paint and shiny new hardware:

same with this piece. and think outside the box!! use the headboard in your bedroom (duh) but then this piece below your flatscreen. and the armoire in the hall or bathroom for linens, or in the dining room or kitchen for extra china storage..


king or queen brass headboard- $100. could be glam with some serious bedding.


brass and glass coffee table- $45. very cool. the epitome of lady decor. and so cheap!!

vintage art deco bar cart
- $50. so so good. so so rita/ruthie.


vintage wood chair
- $10!! so cute, so cheap. totally paint it, recover it in some swanky fabric and rock that shit rita style.


2 awesome oriental lamps
- $100 each, pick one and offer 50. so cute.



set of bamboo side tables
- $75. OMG! get these, paint them black and add some shiny chinoiserie hardware from muff's!!!


bamboo table and 4 chairs- $95. love these. these are aching for some black paint and a graphic cushion. pair with a modern table. genius.



antique secretary
- $125. perfect as is it looks like. maybe some different hardware? love it.


antique sideboard- $50. this is unique and could be used as a bar or as a buffet in a small dining room or even in a bathroom for towels and toiletries. just needs some paint. or even as is i think it's rather lovely. or if you're really adventurous have someone carve out a hole and plop a sink in there. your bathroom just got rita'd.

antique drop side table- $75. i would use this as a bedside table or lonny style with a bunch of plants in a sunny spot (see next pic).



ok, so lincoln nebraska's craigslist isn't that great. but i hope i managed a few finds for you jessica. what do you all think?

35 comments:

Abbie said...

Seriously... that bar cart is fantabulous!

aquirkydelight said...

You knocked that mother out of the park! Now I want to make you do Chicago.

Prince Edward Bonethrobber said...

Damn Wench! Get these children off your teet. Pay up, bitches!
Lincoln?? Are you kidding, me?! I almost had to look up where it was! - my mind was stuck on logs and it was downhill from there. And Austin, Texas??!! Cowboys, Tequila and Longhorns. Sounds like a proctology campaign!
You have some skills, sweetheart. My crystal ball (made of black onyx, bitchessss) says you will soon be called My Favorite and My Be$t

court. said...

WOWZA! May I put in a request for some swanky, modern, chrome goodness from Miami's craiglist? It would be interesting to see what you pick for my very empty bach pad.

The mad woman behind the blog said...

You, my dear, are amazing. So here's bigger challenge, b/c girl, I'm a CL PRO: husband, check, job, check, workout partner, check, house, check.
Now I need a new house so I can go play in the delightful market that is SFBay area, the HOME of Craig!
Oh, I'm so inspired. Maybe I need just a couple of things to spruce up the old place.

Bailey @ peppermintbliss said...

Tenacity girlfriend, that's what this is.

Ms Smart said...

Dang, you are good at that.

I need a cool floor lamp for my living room. What do you think tiger lady? Pasadena, CA (Los Angeles area). I have dark wood, red silk chairs, brown leather. Think urban condo - modern, fancy, artsy, a bit of leopard, French interior kinda. I also need an art area solution.

Keri Batchelder Hoffman said...

If I didn't just buy a bar cart I would have drove to Lincoln to get that one. Buy. It. Now.

A Perfect Gray said...

you are so good. awesome eye. those swoopy lines on that bar cart are so wonderful...

Lila said...

I love those headboards! Gotta say, great research!
Lila Ferraro
Queen Bedroom Sets

The Neo-Traditionalist said...

Oh my goodness---$75 for two bamboo side tables!? You have got to be kidding me. That's it. I'm moving to Nebraska. XO Katie

remodel_addict said...

I am totally wowed. Never thought you'd be able to find anything as cool as these pieces. Wish me luck buying! xoxoxo Jessica

Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

W.O.W!! I want the bar cart!!

LindsB said...

That doesn't look like a sea of shit to me- those are some great finds!

Kate said...

What do I think? I think this new craigslist feature you're doing is the best thing ever. Love it!

Leah said...

score! i live in austin & loved the austin cl post too. of course, constantly looking. check out these babies: http://austin.craigslist.org/fuo/1637580486.html. i think they are RIDICULOUS, $80 for BOTH. wish i could buy everything i like or had a garage to put it all in! thanks for the cl posts.

boops said...

someone owes you a major muffin basket!!!! *you should be making moola off this*

my favorite and my best said...

boops- they better be gluten free muffins.

leah- those chairs are amaze!

Anonymous said...

i love seeing your search results. i hope you continue to incorporate this into your blog!

hello gorgeous said...

Yes! Those bamboo side tables are definitely a hit.

Rachel said...

Great finds!! I love that couch, the bamboo side tables, and that bar cart (are you kidding me? it's awesome!)

bluehydrangea said...

You did it again!! You need to charge for this service, it is awesome!!

La Dolfina said...

You are pretty awesome and I love these posts!! I think you are on to something and should think about starting a business doing this for people. It's obviously a talent you possess. It's not easy for most of us to find these hidden gems on Craigslist. I'm really impressed :)

Tamstyles said...

great finds...love the cart.

susan said so said...

Again, I spent far too much time digging around my local (louisville, ky) craig's, and came up with nothing. You've almost got me convinced it's out there, if only one knows how to look... almost convinced, but not quite. I'm still thinking it's probably magic.

If you're not going to start doing this for money (which you so definitely could and should do!) then maybe you could share your secrets? Or is it really just relentlessly digging?

Nah - magic, for sure.

xox,
Susan

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

You wouldn't know Lincoln's Craigslist is wanting based on what you found - LOVE the sofa, and she NEEDS the brass bar cart, like, yesterday!

Feel like a bit of a dip asking you about the rattan set I found, when you already posted on some, clearly doable.

I think a rule needs to be imposed that anyone who seeks your advice must send an update on what they went with, and after pics - Mmm Hmm!

Beach Vintage said...

God, I am gobsmacked. Dont know where to look first I was scrolling so fast down the page...

AppleTree said...

I think the way you make money off this gig is to do a show about all the great cl stuff you find for clients. Can Supermike make you a youtube star?

cuz if your clients are shopping off craigslist they probably don't want to pay for a designer.

then diy network will pick it up and bang you are a television goddess.

Tammy@InStitches said...

She needs that headboard, it's perfect. I used to be addicted to CL, I had to step away.....

Redesign Diva said...

Ditto what AppleTree said...

but do get paid...you are a personal shopper and I know this took some time..soo...

remodel_addict said...

FYI The sofa is $450. And the bar cart is MINE!

Dreams of Perfection said...

The bar cart & the bamboo side tables. She's seriously out of her mind if she isn;t all over them.

sarah, flourish design + style said...

oh my god I want that bar cart. Seriously fabulous.

nkp said...

I love the beds you came up with, I think with some tlc they could be fabulous!

4 bedroom houses for rent said...

Wow! great!! those beds are so unique !! good job done!