High’n Low

It’s no big secret that Craigslist is jam packed with overpriced junk but every once in a while, there are pieces that make my heart beat faster. Treasures that with a little bit of love, paint or new upholstery can be as glamorous as any designer label item. Now, I don’t always have the time or the space in my home for yet another piece of furniture (thanks hubby, for pointing it out so patiently 🙂  ) but I find it fun to imagine how some of the items could be easily transformed into something fabulous, and expensive looking. Like this wingback chair in great condition:

wingback 50


that could be totally reupholstered into this beauty!

Wingback after


Or this next sofa that has been sitting unsuccessfully on Craigslist for the past three weeks (it’s weird that I know that, right?… 🙂 ) Even though it has great bones, that equestrian theme happening seems to be putting buyers off…

sofa english roll arm50


…but if someone would be willing to reimagine it with an ivory linen upholstery, voilà! a timeless, classic English rolled arm sofa:



This pair of garden stools is literally a steal!

garden stools 60 pair

60$ for the pair

They could look great as side tables or garden furniture, or just pretty things to look at under a console table.


{I found this picture years ago and they’re using very similar ones.}

These stools retail for minimum 100$ a piece, slightly more if you’re lucky:

garden stools new

685$ the pair

With these images in mind, I must admit that Craigslist shopping is not for the faint-hearted or the impatient. One could spend days, even weeks without finding the right piece, at the right price. Plus, reupholstery doesn’t come cheap and some people would rather buy certain things new, which is fine of course. What about you? Any thoughts?



P.S: For anyone living in the Chambana area that wants to grab these babies, they are still available here.



  1. March 2, 2016 / 4:42 pm

    It is impressive how much money can someone save just by looking at the right place at the right time! The example with the two stools is impressive.

    • Eva Contreras
      March 14, 2016 / 8:51 am

      Exactly, plus it’s all good for green design: reuse, recycle and repurpose, baby!