Secondhand Surplus

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Kicking myself....

A couple of weekends ago I had a moment to stop at an estate sale, I didn't have much time, and I also at this point really don't need anything.
I spotted this little bar cart/ wine rack and thought it was great, priced at $20. I didn't grab it since I was in a hurry, and as I stated before, I no longer have any room in my house for furniture.
Well, today when I was looking on the Surfing Cowboys site, I spotted this picture of the exact same bar cart, my heart dropped into my stomach(and is still there) $750, is what this Paul McCobb bar cart is going for. KICKING MYSELF.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mama's New Chair

I am now the proud owner of a comfy Overman pod(?) chair. I picked it up off craigslist for $30, and I was told that there is an ottoman that goes with it, that she is trying to unearth for the depths of her basement.(not holding my breath)

Monday, November 9, 2009


I had Saturday morning to myself and chose to spend it shopping estate sales. A couple were a bust, but a beautiful morning alone and only spending $6 it was a wonderful time.

From the top, I found a whole box of old paint by numbers and these are a few of my favorites, all for a buck. The same sale I purchased a stack of vintage fabric, a small vintage red pillow, and a vintage slip cover for my daybed, and a small metal basket(not pictured) for an additional $2.

Last, but not least, at a different sale I found a pair of Eames DKX (wire) chairs for $3. I only picture one because the other is at the doctors right now having a few spot welds done.

One chair had the seat pad and the other had the back, so I put them on one chair and used a lot of vinyl cleaner and conditioner and the pads are looking pretty good, the finish on the chair is not however. I will probably sand and repaint the seat white and the legs black, and try to get it back to its original beauty, but I like to wait a while and live with the patina, but I won't be able to get it back. So I feel like I made out like a bandit, and I am in love with all of my new treasures.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Mad for Plaid

...And there it is in all of its glory. My husband hates it, I think its great, we are both glad it was free.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

craigslist find...

St. Louis MO ;$150
Not the best price, but still a pretty cool rocker.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Trend Notice...

I have decided that since I scavenged a camel back tartan plaid couch from a neighbor, that this will become a fall and winter trend.
photos via Domino mag, Flor, and flickr.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Plants Inside...

It is time that all the plants get brought inside for the winter. I have so many plants that it is hard to find space for all of them without looking crowded. I searched for some inspiration and came up with these via desire to inspire. If I didn't already have too many plants I would be spending today looking for two of the huge Fig plants in large beautiful pots.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Craigslist find...

St. Louis MO; I'm listing this couch for the comedy factor; $1000. Yes, you read that right, someone thinks they just won the lottery with this old couch, $1000

Monday, October 12, 2009

Craigslist find....

St. Louis MO; $50
I love this, the whole thing, from the avocado shag carpet to the wood paneling, and I am imagining the picture above the couch is some great landscape print on crappy cardboard.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Shell Chairs...

Shell chairs. Sorry no links, just trying to clean out some saved pictures from my file.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Decorating for Fall

I got the itch to repaint our front door the other day. I found a great deep gray called cracked pepper and kept the trim white. The door has been paint by me a few times now and was most recently a bright green. The door didn't originally have any visual interest, so I attached the trim pieces to give it a little more detail.
I also switched out all of our furniture, so that I can refinish the mid century set this winter. I dug up some pillows to compliment the paper lanterns I had left from last year and we picked up a few gourds from a produce stand. And now it looks like a completely different front porch.

New Rug

I found a new wool rug yesterday at a thrift store for $10,and I love it. It is just in time for fall, so soft and warm underfoot. I believe the the original intent for this was to be a mattress topper (?). It has large elastic bands at each corner that look like they would keep it from shifting. I would have no need for such a large mattress topper, being that we still sleep in a full size bed. Instead I spent last night running my feet over it, while our 3 dogs soundly slept.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


Some random pictures that I had saved, via Doorsixteen, DesiretoInspire,Flor, and not sure exactly where the other two came from. Not really related in any way, other than nice to look at.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Craigslist Find...

St. Louis MO, $65; marble top with wood base
I love this coffee table, and if I didn't already have a marble coffee table I would be on my way to O'Fallon to pick up this beauty instead of writing this post.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Bullet Planter...

My husband and I just celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary, and for quite awhile now I've been looking for a bullet planter. I have to say that I'm not sure that I had ever even seen one in real life, until recently.
I was on my way home one afternoon and out of the corner of my eye, in all its glory was the bullet planter of my dreams, right there on some one's front porch.
That evening talking to my husband I explained my disgust, for whom ever let this planter sit untouched, upside down, being used to keep rain out of a bird cage. After my rant I moved on and didn't think that my husband had even really listened to my complaint, until our anniversary rolled around and I received that very planter of my dreams.
My husband the very next morning with a very loose description of my route home, tracked down that planter, and three different times knocked on that door, trying to get his wife the planter of her dreams. Turns out the owner was out of town and he had to wait for the message to be passed along, that someone had shown up on her porch, trying to buy something that clearly was not for sale.
In the end it all worked out, it was a great gift and wonderful anniversary.

Thursday, September 24, 2009