Has anyone had any luck with Craigslist? I swear, I am so sick of reading in design blogs and magazines how people just stumble across original Saarinen Tulip tables in mint condition for $11. Not in my area! I’m lucky to find a 32 year old dining table from Wickes for less than $1500. I thought I might have found a potential refurbishing project, and even had an appointment for this morning to check it out. The table was a perfect 49″ round with four leaves that extended the table to seat ten–and the table came with all ten chairs! I would have changed the upholstery on the chairs, but still–ten chairs! Alas, the owner called me yesterday after he sold it to someone else. Too bad, because it was originally from Denmark and had only one owner.
We have a small dining area (about 8×10) so we need a maximum 49″ round table with leaves in order to also accommodate a sideboard. That’s near impossible to find in stores today, as industry standard (so I’ve been told) is leaves on tables larger than 52″. As much as I like round tables, I think I need to start looking at rectangular tables, too. In that case, it can’t exceed 64″ without leaves. The trick to all of this is finding a small table with 3 or more leaves so what normally seats 4 can expand to seat [gulp] ten. Like the designer in the showroom said on Monday, “Your dining room measurements suck. Good luck with that.”
I admit, I’m also picky. If I’m going to spend thousands of dollars on a table, by God it better be solid wood. Most everything out there with my size requirements is solid plus veneer. Anything that isn’t costs over $3000 for just the table, which is presently of my budget. I’ll just keep searching Craig until the perfect set from the 50s-60s falls in my lap. I have one other table I found that I really like, but I just don’t know. In case you haven’t read my tagline, I’m scared to death of commitment a wee bit indecisive.
Have any of you had luck with Craigslist? I want to hear all about it. Maybe your good luck will rub off on me.