7.13.2011

Confessions of an Addict

For those of you who know me it should come as no surprise when I say that I have a little bit of an addiction. And try as I might, I just can't kick it. Hell, I'm not even sure I want to. It feels too good to give up. No, I'm not talking about your run of the mill drug addiction. I'm hooked on the hard stuff. Literally. I'm talking about furniture. More specifically mid century and danish inspired furniture. Eames, Herman Miller, Knoll, Heywood Wakefield, Bertoia, Saarinen and Pearsall all make me weak at the knees. And like most addicts, I'm constantly yearning for my next fix.

Enter Craigslist. In the world of furniture addiction, Craigslist is your friendly neighborhood dealer. Always around, never really forcing you to shop his wares, but constantly in sight and in mind so as to keep you reminded of what could be awaiting you should you decide to pay a visit. There is a total love hate relationship between the addict and Craigslist. When the wares are good, you love and praise Craigslist for providing you the high that comes with nabbing a fresh find. But when supply is low and you find yourself wearing out the refresh option in your browser you begin to despise Craigslist and all it represents. You need your fix and it's Craigslist's job to provide it!

Despite our give and take relationship, I remain loyal to Craigslist and probably always will. Sure I step out on my dealer of choice every now and then and peruse the wares of a garage sale or two. But in the end, I gravitate back to the one who consistently provides me with the greatest high. Craigslist is familiar, it's always accessible and it's fairly reliable if you know what you are doing. We are lucky enough to live in a city that has a relatively strong mid century community. Unfortunately, not all Oklahomans are so lucky. But with the right amount of determination and the willingness to accept your addiction it is possible to find quality pieces of furniture pretty much anywhere. In fact, the majority of the furniture we have in our house was found and purchased through Craigslist (a few photos of below). Sure some finds have been greater than others, but in the end I enjoy the hunt and feeling of bringing my prize home so much that I relish even the smallest find. So, in proper addict fashion allow me to close this post by saying to all of you that my name is L, I'm an addict, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
















I picked this beauty up for a cool $20 bucks. It is in fantastic shape, came with the original manual and the speakers sound amazing.Most definitely one of the finer things I've picked.
















While doing my daily browsing one day I came across an ad for some gaudy coffee tables. These things were so tacky that I had to take a closer look at the photos. Good thing I did because in the background was a pair of mid century chairs that fit in perfectly with the amazing dining chairs we already owned (more on the dining chairs in a later post). After a bit of negotiating, I believe we settled on $150 for the pair. A bit higher than we would normally aim for, but the chairs have served us well.























This lamp was a great find for $10. The orange, toothy fabric on the shade really sold us on it and it looks great with the rest of our living room decor.























Growing up I always loved the white orb light in my grandmother's house. I came across a listing for a grouping of large orb lights and jumped into negotiations. In the end I picked up two lights for $30. The light was hung in a matter of days and is a massive improvement over the IKEA light that it replaced.
















Though one of our smaller finds, we thought these salt and pepper grinders were pretty great. We found these, the drink cart they are resting on and a small arc lamp at a garage sale that I found through, you guessed it, Craigslist.

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