The Hunt Continues

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  August 29, 2013 — 8 Comments

My main motive for antique shopping earlier this week was to find a nightstand or two for the master bedroom. There were several promising contenders.

I liked the lines of this one, and even though the tag said it was painted maple I liked that the glossy finish would have set it apart from all the other wood in the room. It was perfect in every way but the price–$90 is just too rich for my blood.

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This one was also quite lovely, but I didn’t think it came up to snuff in the toddler-compatibility department. I could just see Jack (or a cat) knocking the whole thing over in one fell swoop. Plus it wasn’t marked and I hate hate hate having to ask about prices at places like this. So much pressure!

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I loved the lines of this bentwood and cane side table, but even though the price was great at just under $30 it just wasn’t tall enough. Side note: I keep a tiny tape measure in my wallet at all times for occasions just such as this. I measured the height of my bed a week or two ago and decided that I need nightstands that are 24″-30″ tall. Most are much shorter than that, and we don’t even have a boxspring! Nightstand and bed manufacturers need to get together and coordinate their efforts.

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This one was also promising. I liked the metal legs, the clean lines, and the dark faux finish on the wood top, but at $85 it was a no-go.

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Here’s the sewing table I ended up buying for the dining room in its natural habitat, with a slightly blurry Jack giving an enthusiastic kick to show his approval. I’m glad it came to live with us.

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I’m starting to get a little frustrated in my nightstand search. I just want two tables that are round, 2′-2.5′ tall, not too easy to tip over, and preferably not made of wood. And under $50 each. Sometimes the hardest part of decorating is being patient. I know from experience that I just need to keep my eye out and wait for the right piece to find me, but boy do I wish I could speed things along! Patience, grasshopper, I whisper to myself as I stroll the aisles of the thrift store.

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8 responses to The Hunt Continues

  1. I don’t have an ikea near me, but have had some of their stuff delivered. I think their delivery prices have come way down. Try this: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30125697/
    The shipping to me (missouri) would only be $11 for two tables. The klingsbo table looks alright, too. I can’t attest to either’s quality.

  2. or the ulsberg! or the nordli!
    Good lord, there’s a million of ‘em! I need an ikea built near me, stat.

  3. I’m going to ikea this weekend! If you see something, gimme a text!

  4. There’s a company called “love blue bag” out of new orleans. You may have seen them on craigslist, but they drive to ikea houston weekly, and will get whatever you want, and it costs just 20% of whatever your total would be. Its a really great deal, I got a rug and like 5 pillows delivered for like $6.

  5. Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap August 30, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Wow, I didn’t realize Ikea shipping had gotten so cheap! I’m going to have to check some of those out!

    Amelia, I’ve used BlueBag a few times in the past but the last time they told me there’s now a $50 charge for home delivery. The only way to bypass it is to pick up from their New Orleans showroom =(.

    • Oh darn! That makes sense though, they delivered my rug and pillows in a empty uhaul van, probably from their shop in new orleans, for like $6, there was no way they were making money off that order.

    • Oh darn! That makes sense though, they delivered my rug and pillows in a empty uhaul van, probably from their shop in new orleans, for like $6, there was no way they were making money off that order.

      Also, where do you go to look for your tables? I’m trying to find a decent love seat for my spare room, and I have no idea where to look.

      • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap September 1, 2013 at 9:06 pm

        On this particular occasion I was at Aladdin’s Lamp on Government, but I find most of my things on Craigslist or at estate sales. You can sign up on estatesales.net to get emails letting you know about them!

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