When moving into your first home, especially if it needs a lot of work, you likely don't have a lot of extra money laying around for upgrades beyond the necessities. However, if you are like us are still hauling around some furniture, housewares, etc. that have seen better days...you might even still have that free dresser that was left behind by some college freshman from you days as an RA... (yeah, it's that bad.)
So we have had to figure out creative ways to either update or replace our household items: enter Washington DC area craigslist. Craigslist is a free classifieds website where people can list their goods for sale. KC craigslist is okay, Richmond craiglist again, okay - but DC craigslist is insane!! I am fully convinced that if you have a truck you could furnish your entire house virtually for free. People in this area are fairly nomadic and instead of moving their furniture they list it on craiglist or put it out on the curb.
Here are two recent scores that I am really excited about - Micheal claims I have amazing craiglist luck - I maintain it's total skill. :)
This is a dresser that we bought for $25 - it's a really really nice piece that just needs some love. It has dovetail joints and is real wood. Just going to give it a light sand and restain!
This is a beautiful antique sewing machine table with a Commander sewing machine. It's in amazing condition and the machine still works. I got it for the bargain price of...
...FREE!!! I saw some at the Community Forklift in much worse shape priced around $150 so this was a steal. I was just going for the table to put my sewing machine in but I think I'm going to keep it in tact.
We also bought a piece of furniture today to make my custom closet, look for a post coming up on that!!