One of the perks of my new at-home status is that I can shop around at different stores that I normally don’t have the time to peruse. In doing so, I’m finding that it pays to shop around. Literally.
Let me explain. I stopped into a “designer’s consignment store” the other day, and it was filled with all sorts of unique (and overpriced) pieces.
While these pieces are both interesting, they’re both priced at upwards of $1500 each. Interesting, but not that interesting, if you ask me.
I saw a dresser similar to this second one on Craigslist for $100. (Of course, it’s not there now – it must have sold!). Granted, it wasn’t an exact match, but definitely similar, and I’ll take similar with a price difference like that!
Like I said, this “Designer’s Consignment” store was filled with some
weird one-of-a-kind pieces.
Duck sled anyone?
I did like these vintage baseball glove and catcher’s mask though.
What’s interesting, is that I found virtually the same table, in three different places, with three very different prices. The Designer’s Consignment store had it for $200 (but alas, I have no picture, my bad).
Another shop I stopped by had it for 50% off – only $30.
This one has a little more detail, but is priced at $100.
I’ve seen these types of tables on Craigslist as well, so it definitely pays to shop around.
Speaking of Craigslist, I might have to make this a regular series – “Friday Craigslist Cray Cray”. I can’t help myself – there is so much good material out there!
Do me a favor – finish coloring your Easter eggs and take the poor baby out of your photos before posting about your moving sale. Although he is a cutie.
And then there is this carved heart chair – be the first in your neighborhood to own this one of a kind piece for the low, low price of $275! Too bad you can’t cozy up with your sweetie in this Love Chair…
Have a fantastic weekend!!
Cassie @ Primitive & ProperApril 12, 2013 at 12:45 pm
welcome to the daytime thrift club, baby!
Sarah @ Thrifty Decor ChickApril 12, 2013 at 1:31 pm
How exciting for you! It is pretty awesome to get the browse without the crowds! 😉
Kim @ Savvy Southern StyleApril 12, 2013 at 1:44 pm
How funny the pictures on Craigs List are. I consign some things at a designer consign shop sometimes and some of the prices in there are crazy, but her store actually does very well. Hey, if she can get more for the stuff I bring then good for me, but I do think some pieces are way over priced.
Ellie VanCasterApril 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm
Omg what a price difference-you really do have to shop around.
Have a good weekend.
Lisa @ Shine Your LightApril 12, 2013 at 4:57 pm
You find the most hilarious pics on CL!! That chair for that price???? Really?
I just bought a coffee table yesterday at Salvation Army for $39.90 – it's so heavy and such a great piece of furniture! I still can't believe the price!
AdrienneApril 12, 2013 at 5:46 pm
I love this! I get really annoyed shopping at my local Good Will that has items prices so outrageously high. Really, I should take some pics. I looked at a set of 3 really dated pictures in frames, probably retailed for $19.99 10 years ago–Good Will had them priced for $20 each. Ridiculous.
Craigslist is also pricey around here. Its the Washington DC area I guess.
KristelApril 12, 2013 at 6:08 pm
I once saw a table like the first one, and they were asking $25 for it, dummy me did not get it, and I'm kicking myself for it since!! I have missed out on some great pieces on Craig's list because we could not pick it up in our small cars, but the hubby recently got a pick up, and I cannot wait for big purchases now. I'm all for some CL funnies, you will be amazed at the weird things people post.
SarahApril 12, 2013 at 6:36 pm
I have that EXACT table, the second one with more detail. I most definitely dd not pay $100 for it either, it came off of my neighbors tree lawn on trash day. I have no shame 🙂 I painted it very pale blue and it is perfect.
[email protected] CharmApril 12, 2013 at 11:20 pm
These consignment shops drive me crazy…I really don't know why anybody would pay those high prices for used furniture. That was a great deal on the $30 table. You got me laughing out loud with those craigslist pics:)
The Creativity ExchangeApril 16, 2013 at 3:32 pm
Wow, you're right, those prices are so crazy! We have a local consignment store that prices things so high that it's laughable. They sell it though, which is even crazier! I am drooling over that x dresser in the first image! Wow!
SheilaApril 17, 2013 at 3:12 pm
Yes it is soooo true that some consignment shops think they have merchandise that's worth WAY more than it is. However, I was noticing your drum table comparison. One thing you should know is that the table for $30 is veneer and the $100 table has real wood with a leather inlay, making it worth more than the $30 table, probably the reason for the $100 price tag. Of course you probably knew that. A person can't judge on price, it's important to know the value of a piece. Also before you buy a piece of vintage furniture you need to know exactly what you are wanting to do with it. If I were buying a piece to makeover with paint or something, I would choose the $30 table. I would not buy the $100 piece unless I intended to keep it just as it is. Refinishing it would drop the value immediately. Anyway, just my humble opinion, not that you asked for it. Such a great post. I love thrifting. It is so thrilling.
JennyApril 17, 2013 at 8:39 pm
Great points Sheila! Since I posted this, I have seen even more of these pieces – some painted, that were really charming! I love thrifting too – looking forward to garage sale season!