Last week my brother and his fiance moved to Portland from Virginia with only the goodies they could fit in their car. Being the altruistic older sister that I am, I took it upon myself to scour craigslist for all the Pacific Northwest has to offer. I found quite a few bodacious goodies for their downtown loft, some they loved and bought and others are making their big design crisis appearance today. And guess what? Not a single item has a bird on it.
First up was this leather sofa, at $900 it was a bit steep, but oh that charcoal leather looks so soft and dreamy. Plus it’s in amazing condition. Also, the number one rule of craigslist is don’t talk about craigslist, but the number two rule of craigslist is this: always talk the sellers down. It’s so important it really should be rule number one, but, hey, I’m not in charge of these things.
Next was this mid century teak coffee table. Since I’m in the market for a coffee table myself, and a big square block of wood is exactly what I want, I was pretty excited about this find. Turns out the table is much to large for their small condo, so it was a negatory. It’s $100. Someone go buy it.
Since I’ve never met anything in white tufted leather that I didn’t love, I was pretty excited to stumble upon this sofa. Turns out the bro and his lady already found a couch just right for them, which means I won’t get to visit this gem in the fall.
Pick your chins up off the ground. This was easily my favorite Portland Craigslist find and for $20 (twenty dollars!!!!) I prayed to all things holy that D & E would share my sentiments. Luckily my bro has great taste in women who has great taste in tables and they bought that mofo. Dear portlanders, this table had been on craigslist for a week. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
If you’re hankering for a piece of brass in front of your sofa after seeing the last dreamy table, they had two of these tray tables, this one here and this one here.
Or get some brass for behind your sofa here
This arc light was priced a bit high (remember rule number 2!) but I still think someone should race out and get it.
I usually defer to ebay for all interweb lighting purchases, but I thought this little gem was just delightful.
Turns out there’s lots of burl wood laying around in Oregon (go figure). I found this tabletop here and this one here
Ok, this is where I pull out the showstopper:
I found and developed an obsession for this rug early on (wouldn’t it look AMAZING under that brass coffee table???!!!). The young couple decided to pass and their loss is your gain, Portland readers. Go, roll around on this rug, stare at it longingly for hours, I will hand write some love letters for you to read aloud to it, the rug will like it, I can tell.
I’ve seen pics of all the pieces D & E have selected so far and it all looks awesome, I can’t wait to check it out in person. As for Portland craigslist: All in all, I found some pretty good stuff up north, you dudes have a pretty nice well to tap into. And to whomever ends up with the rug: sleep with one eye open.
Oh, PS, if there are any amazing secret stores the new Portlandiers should know about, leave a comment, yo.