This Week In Craigslist: San Francisco
While I certainly appreciate finding some West Elm on Craigslist, my favorite thing is hunting for vintage furniture. I have learned a lot about furniture design and styles through my love of Craigslist. I'll discovered names like Breuer or Thonet after I saw them popping up on listings for styles I liked. Learning about different furniture styles has helped me narrow down the search terms to use when I look. I wrote extensively about my process for searching Craigslist here.
But sometimes it takes some imagination to picture Craigslist furniture in your own house. People take notoriously awful, badly-list photos of their items. They stage them in parking lots or storage units, not in a way you can imagine the furniture in your own house.
So for fun, I thought I'd go through my local San Francisco Craiglist and pull out what I would buy if I was furnishing my house today, and the inspiration behind my picks.
Set of eight vintage Thonet chairs ($1800)
As a group (see the link to chairs here) these certainly aren't cheap, but finding a matching set of vintage chairs for $225 per chair is no easy feat. If I had a large dining room, I would one hundred percent go buy these. Thonet chairs are timeless, and can look good with any variety of styles in your home. Here's some inspiration for how great they could look (along with the photo at the top of this post, which I dream about):
Vintage Eames Aluminum Group desk chair ($200)
Okay true story, I actually bought this chair! I needed a comfortable desk chair that rolls, but I wanted something vintage and more interesting than a normal desk chair. After some Craigslist perusal, I found this guy.
The ad said it was an original Eames Aluminum chair. For $200 I was... skeptical. But sure enough, it had original tags on the bottom of the chair and appears to be genuine. First designed in 1958, the Aluminum Group chairs are classics that sell for much more on eBay etc.
Velvet mint sofa ($350)
Leather Chair ($160)
It's totally possible this chair has weird smells or is falling apart, but if not, omg I want it. This chair would bring automatic cool vibes to any living room, and the distressed leather only enhances its charm. As the pictures below show, you cannot go wrong with a huge leather chair. Listing on Craigslist is here.
Vintage juggling pins ($50)
Okay to be clear, no one needs to spend $50 on vintage juggling pins but A. how fun are they??? and B. these provide really good vertical height and visual interest for bookshelves and mantels. Craigslist listing is here. Look how great they look as part of these shelves Emily Henderson designed along with some vintage globes:
Or perched on top of a kitchen cabinet because why not:
Theater seats ($80)
These are probably not comfortable to sit on in a living room, but could look really cool in an entryway or front porch where you'd want to put your purse down etc.
Below you can see they also look great in a store as well (vintage church pews also show up on Craigslist occasionally and would serve the same function). For $80 these could be really fun: