Sunday, May 15, 2011

Shopping Craigslist: Vintage Patio Set

I love to shop yard sales and second hand shops for furniture, but without a car of my own, I don't get to go thrifting very often.  To me, Craigslist.com is the next best thing.  Or, maybe it really is the best option since you can window shop online at all hours! 

Since moving into our house almost 5 years ago and having a yard for the first time in over ten years, I really wanted a patio set.  As with most big-ticket items, money was an issue.  Sets that we could afford were not sturdy enough for our needs.  Joe is a big guy.  So are most of the men in our families.  We needed something that we wouldn't have to replace the following summer. 

That first summer passed without us finding an affordable outdoor table and chairs set.  At the end of that summer (and each one after), I vowed that I would save up all winter long to get a sturdy set the next summer.  Yeah, never happened.  Other (more important) things came up. 

Every once in a while, I find the time to browse the furniture section on craigslist.  Last Sunday, after Grace was in bed, I browsed the listings hoping to find a dresser for the big girl room that I want to get started on very soon. 

I didn't find a dresser that I liked, but I did end up seeing a listing for a Vintage Wrought Iron Patio Set, $100.  I clicked on the listing and saw this: 




Joe was still awake, so I showed him the listing asking if he thought he'd be able to stop and look at it on his way home from work the next day.  So, we set up an appointment to take a look at the set.  Since the address was on Joe's way home from work, he went alone to check it out and decide if we would purchase or not. 

I was so excited when I looked out the kitchen window and saw Joe's pick up truck full of our new (to us) patio furniture!  Here's a picture of it after it was hauled out of the back of the pick up: 



I love it!  I'm so glad we waited until we found the perfect set for us and a price we could afford!  Round table, 2 chairs, 2 benches and they even included a heavy umbrella stand.  This is so much more my style than any of the patio furniture sold in retail stores right now.  It's an older set (not sure how "vintage" it really is), it could use some cushions, an umbrella and maybe a new coat of paint in the next year (or maybe two).  I'm thinking yellow!


I'll be linking this post to the following blog carnivals and linky parties: 


26 comments:

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Oh, I agree, I like this so much better than all the expensive ones they have now. This is very sturdy and will last! What a bargain for $100. Good for you! Can't wait to hear about your BBQ's this year on the patio set! :-)

tammylovesdishes said...

Very nice! Kudos for your patience and finding just the right set!
Tammy

Cassandra {Sleeping or Sewing} said...

Ah!!! What a great set!

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Great set and great price! You sure don't see many with the curved benches. How cute is that?!!! Enjoy it this summer :D ~Michelle

Callie said...

Love this set! The bench is my favorite part....that and the price! Love CL!

Olive Cooper said...

Oh my, I love it. It is so interesting with all the different seating. I bought a 1960's wrought iron patio table and four chairs that is black with fading paint and thought I would re-paint it but I am liking it chipping away. It looks like it was pink! Your set would be fabulous yellow. ♥Olive

Susan said...

Beautiful!! I LOVE it!!! Congratulations on scoring a fabulous find!
Susan

Butterflies & Seashells said...

I love it!

Benita

Wani said...

What a steal!!

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

Very neat! I would love to have a set like that. Great find!
~Kimberlee
{Accuquilt Giveaway} 

Heaven's Walk said...

Beautifully vintage! And what a great deal! Love the curved benches. Gotta love Craigslist! :)

xoxo laurie

dogsmom said...

The benches are great. You can use them as a serving area too, so there is more room on the table to eat and converse but the food is close at hand. That was a great price, but did Joel haggle at all? When I send the guy out to do something like this for me I'll always ask him, were they flexible on the price?

My Cottage Charm said...

Hi Alison! YOu guys got a great deal...what a pretty set...thanks for linking it up! :) I think it would be pretty painted a pretty yellow or even a pale aqua blue. (that's just me though..I love a pretty pale aqua...you can add pink or yellow..so many colors!) Sorry, I was rambling in my own thoughts there! lol
Thanks again for linking up to my party and congrats on your beautiful new to you patio set! :)
Hugs
Missy

Nook & Cranny said...

Great vintage find for $100. There are many possibilities with the color of spray paints out there today.
Thanks for sharing.
Michele

LV said...

You made a good choice in this patio set. It is different than most and will serve you well.

Scribbler said...

Love it!

GardenofDaisies said...

Looks like you got a great deal!! Yellow would be fun!

Diann said...

What a great set! And a great deal. And since the set is older, that means it was built to last. Very nice! thank you for joining TTF. I hope you have an awesome weekend!

Janet said...

That's a great find! I like the idea of yellow as well.

SandwichINK Real Estate Info for the Sandwich Generation said...

What a lovely addition to your outdoor garden decor. So nice. By the way, have you ever heard of freecycle. I have friends who started with Craigs List and then discovered Freecycle and loved it even more. :) Have a great day.

Blue Creek Home said...

Good things come to those who wait!!!! I love your patio set - the benches are just too cute!
And the price was great.
Thanks so much for sharing it at Treasure Hunt Thursday.
Rhonda

ThriftyAnnabella said...

That's a great set and in such great shape.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Love your new set and you got an amazing deal on it!!!! I think yellow would be very cheerful. Linda

Junker Newbie Stephanie said...

Great job, fantastic deal! I love craigslist (when I'm not waiting for a buyer that never shows!).

Visiting from Mom Bloggers Club :-)

Patio Furniture said...

That's a great set and in such great shape. Very neat... it nice..

Patio Furniture Cushions

offset patio umbrella said...

Love this set! The bench is my favorite part....that and the price!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...