A while back, I wrote a “Craigslist in Indiana” post about wonderful furniture for sale in Indiana (where many of my friends and family live).  I thought I’d do a similar one for DC because our Craigslist is the absolute best I’ve ever seen (except for NYC).  I purchase a lot of my furniture through Craigslist.  I know a lot of people get weirded out by 2nd hand furniture, but if you love vintage and antique furniture like me there is no other option.  I always have my 2nd hand furniture thoroughly cleaned, and I only purchase from homes that are clean, smoke-free, and animal-free environments.  If you’re in the DC area, I beg you to PLEASE go buy one of these amazing items (because I don’t have room for them)!

  1. My first find is a fabulous African mud cloth sofa for only $150!


I can picture it styled like the image below (found on the fabulous interior design blog Noznoznoz).


African Mud Cloth Office Chair

2. These tufted, grey club chairs would be mine, if I didn’t already own tufted, grey club chairs. $250 for the pair. They’d look great across from a leather sofa or to create a small conversation area in the corner of a room.  I also LOVE their modern legs.


3. This gorgeous queen-sized antique brass headboard and footboard is only $75!


It could be styled similarly to this antique brass bed by Lauren Liess interiors (a local DC designer).

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Lauren Liess Design (image from Houzz.com)

4. I’m also digging this midcentury modern dining table for $95.  It’d be a great statement piece.  I’d probably get rid of the chairs that come with this table in favor of something like these ghost chairs for $50 each.


Can you picture that dining table styled like this picture by Megan Blake Design (another local DC designer)?!

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5. My FAVORITE kind of dining chairs: bentwoods! They are classic, and they look lovely in their natural wood tone or painted in a bright color.  This set of 4 is only $100!


I have natural bentwoods in my own dining room, but you can see some fun, colorful ones styled below by Dayka Robinson Designs.

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6. This last one might take some convincing, but I’m POSITIVE that in the right home these vintage nightstands ($80 for the set) would SHINE.  Don’t even dare paint over that chevron wood detail!


Although the above nightstands are not midcentury modern, they would still look stellar in a sleek space similar to that below (by Blake Civiello Architecture).

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**Just a tip for your own future Craigslist searches: Craigslist has four options for browsing their server (list, thumb, gallery, and map).  I always choose the “gallery” button.  It displays large pictures of the items, so you don’t have to scroll through a list of tiny thumbnail images.  It makes browsing much faster!  This particular post only took about 30 minutes of browsing and writing with that function!