Tag Archive | "Craigslist"

New Thrifter Blogs Worth Checking Out

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Recent styleNorth convert Aleysa wrote to give me a head's up about her new blog the Listings List, a curatorial peak at Toronto's online classifieds. Like Take this Sofa and Montreal Digs, Aleysa scours the local classifieds -- in her case, Toronto -- for high style at low prices. Aleysa appears to have a pretty good eye and she isn't just looking at furnishings, she's even digging into car and bicycle listings. Give the Listings List a look. I also had a note from thrifting enthusiast Connie who has created a facebook page called Furnish it With Vintage dedicated her finds and transformations. Good luck ladies and keep the inspiration coming!

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So Nice to See You Again

Saturday, December 22, 2012


The gorgeous, white, chinoiserie cabinet, above, featured on the January 2013 cover of Canada's Style at Home wasn't always white and didn't always belong to Bijou and Boheme blogger Christine Dovey. As the Style at Home article notes, the cabinet was a Craigslist find, which is double plus true. I found it on Craigslist in its original coral pink, below, which worked very well indeed and did not feel especially feminine in the brick red spare room belonging to my former partner and I. But after a move downtown we didn't have space for the piece and so back to Craigslist it went and that's where Christine found it.

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Take This Sofa: Best of CL Toronto

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


I've never met Claire Pfeiffer but I love her! Claire is the founder of a terrific little blog called Take This Sofa, in which she scours Craigslist Toronto for the best of the best, a job that makes her readers lives a whole lot easier. Claire sifts through all the CL chaff and brings us the wheat. What I love most about Claire's blog is that she's not just looking for "cheap," she's hunting for value. The Baker sofa shown is $4,000, which definitely isn't cheap but new it retails for $13,500. The Tom Dixon copper suspension lights are on CL for $220 each as opposed to the original retail ticket of $700. And the tiered vintage rolling cart is $125 which is a lot of look and function for the price.

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Real Style on a Real Budget

Sunday, December 25, 2011


Today's post is a Christmas present to myself, the big reveal after a one-month makeover of a home in Oakville, Ontario. My client, Nikola, is a 28-year-old bachelor with a three-bedroom, detached home in a newish development. The location screams suburbs but Nikola wanted a space that was "modern and trendy, incorporating 'unique' vintage pieces and original art," according to the brief I distilled from our initial meeting. The client's wishlist included a revamp of the living room, dining room and master bedroom, if possible, on a budget of $5,000, which would include my 30 per cent decorating fee.

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Craigslist Deja Vu

Thursday, December 15, 2011


This morning I saw an ad on Craigslist that really took me back. This Duncan Phyfe is a dead ringer for the table that became my first big refinishing project, my trial by fire. Because of its condition, the table above is selling for just $30, which makes it an ideal candidate for someone like me with more ambition than brains who wants to get his or her hands dirty and learn a helluva lot about refinishing. And while I'm definitely tempted, I don't have the space or inclination to take this on right now. What about you? You might end up with a something you can be proud of, I know I was when my table, below, finally emerged from the fire.

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