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Well, I moved! Again. This one was practically painless. In fact, I often felt like I was just waiting for something to go wrong. How pessimistic, right? But as we all know, moving almost never goes exactly as you planned. But this time, it really did. I had some great friends to help and the move went off without a hitch. After moving all day Saturday, I went back to M’s house one last time to get the dogs and the last few things. I had promised her earlier in the week to not make the goodbye that big of a deal. She’s not into getting sentimental. After all, we’re still friends and it’s not like I’m moving across the country. But, after living together for 7 years, it WAS a big deal. But I had promised. So we hugged one last time as roomies and I headed to my new place, 2 pugs in tow.

I unpacked the rest of the night, ran to Subway for a quick dinner around 8:30, and then I made the huge mistake of sitting on my couch. It was all over. Seriously, ya’ll. That couch is the best FREE item that has ever crossed my path – but more on that later. Sunday I got all the unpacking done and I even stuck it out and hung the curtains in my room and set up all my Christmas décor. It is December, after all. I wanted to get as much time with the glow of the Christmas tree as possible! I would leave it up all year if I could, y’all.

So, back to the place. Here are a few blurry iPhone shots I took Sunday after I cleared all the boxes out. I plan to take some better ones with some natural light later on.

Kitchen looking from the living room:

kitchen

Right side of Living Room:

living room 1

Left side of Living Room:

living room 2

Please excuse the black lump on the arm of the chair. It’s just a very sleepy pup.

So, yeah, not bad, eh? Now that I’ve posted some pics, I wanted to give you guys the dirt on how I went from having 1 side table and some shelves to furnishing my living room in less than a month. All, I have to say is Craigslist is the bomb.com. I started off with a general list of things I was going to look for. I also emailed this list to my Mom who also scoured Craigslist in her neck of the woods. Here was my original list.

Comfy Couch
Comfy Chair (with ottomoan if possible)
Floor Lamp
Coffee Table
TV Stand
4 Bar Stools
Freestanding Coat Rack

And here’s the list with the details on how I found it and what it cost:

Comfy Couch: FREE from Craigslist. The lady that posted it lived in a tiny condo and had already bought a new couch. She just wanted the old one OUT. So, she posted it for FREE to whomever would come pick it up. After making sure it was comfy and in decent condition, I promptly came back the following Sunday with some strong friends and a truck and loaded it up! The couch is a Bassett Furniture piece, very well made and she originally bought it for $1200 about 12 years ago.

Comfy Chair AND Ottoman: Originally from Ikea, found for $125 on Craigslist This one goes to my Mom. She found it, sent me pics, roped my Dad into picking it up and bringing it to me, and even talked the guy down another $25. I do plan on getting a new slip cover due to some stains on the arm but throw a blanket over it and I’ve got at least another few months to mark that one off my list. This chair and ottoman retails for around $400 at Ikea!

Floor Lamp: $5 from Craiglist. I met a hippy lady in a Trader Joes parking lot for this one. A little sketch but the exchange was legit. I already had the shade. No original retail amount known but I’m guessing this was probably a $40 lamp brand new.

Coffee Table: Found at Ikea in the “AS IS” section fully put together for $19. It was a floor model that had a couple knicks and dings. I bought a $3 sample pot of red paint at Home Depot and gave him a facelift. He (the table) is not perfect by any means but he will do for a while till I feel like upgrading. Originally retailed for $35.

TV Stand: FREE from my dear friends Erin & Tate. They are cleaning out an office to turn it into a baby nursery for their 2nd bambino. So, when she offered up a set of shelves, I immediately thought they would do as a TV stand for a while until I find a piece I feel like purchasing. So, I picked them up on my trip home for Thanksgiving. She also gave me a sweet lamp for my little side table I had not originally planned on needing. But it’s come in quite handy! The shelves were probably about $50 brand new.

4 Bar Stools: 2 were FREE from my friend Sally. She moved recently too and no longer needed them. So, I took them off her hands and set out to find 2 more so I could have a set of 4. I found 2 of the same height and style in the Raleigh area for $40 on Craigslist and I sweet talked my Mom and Dad into snagging them for me. So, I got 4 stools for $40 essentially. They were originally $40 each according to the price tags on the bottom of the 2 bought stools. So I basically had a buy 1, get 3 free situation going on!

Free Standing Coat Rack: After looking nonstop for one of these on Craigslist, I decided I’m just going to keep my eyes open for one the next few months. For now, the 3M hooks on my wall will work just fine.

So there is the probably-way-too-much-information break down of my living room and all the goodies I got on the cheap. A living room that would have originally cost $1885 based on the estimated original prices, cost me a measley $189. So basically, I got my living room for 90% off!

There are definitely some things I’m still on the lookout for, like some art for above the couch, that coat rack, and possibly one more chair for extra seating (which a coworker might give me for FREE). But, I was able to pull it all together rather quickly. There is also a GIANT window not pictured above that I would like to DIY some curtains for. But all in due time.

Speaking of DIY, I’ve gotten my craft on and have a few which I’ll be sharing soon including my mail/key organizer and some art for the kitchen. But it will be at least a week or so. I’ve been roped into asked to take a trip to New Jersey for work next week. So, I’ll be living out of a hotel and fighting Jersey traffic for a few days. But I will be back! Maybe I will even squeeze in a post while I’m gone.

Have you guys scored anything on the cheap lately?? I would love to hear a good consignment/thrift/Craiglist story. I always wear mine as a badge of honor for my thriftiness. As should you!

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Back in the day…

The Life List

* Ride in a hot air balloon *Have a meal with someone famous *Walk across the bridge at Grandfather Mountain *Visit Paris and go to the top of the Eiffel Tower *Adopt a rescue dog *Send my parents on a trip funded by only me *Walk/Run in the Cooper River Bridge Run (April 2007) *RUN the entire Cooper River 10K (3/27/2010) *Run a half marathon (aiming for 12/11/2010) *Watch an entire scary movie without hiding my eyes or screaming * Become a Blood Donor (2/5/2010) *Go horseback riding on an actual trail out west *See the Grand Canyon *Take a cross country road trip *Sing kareoke *Backpack around Europe *Visit New York during Christmas to see Rockefeller Center (12/6/2008) *Go on a cruise with my BOMBAYS *Pull the handle on a slot machine in Vegas *Swim with dolphins *Buy an outrageously expensive handbag just b/c I fell in love with it *Attend an awards show of some sort *Win a prize on the radio (Dec. 2007) *Go to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN *Fall in love and stay in love *Become a mom *Become the coolest aunt ever *Dance with my Dad *Learn to Hula Dance *Learn Italian and use it in Italy *Read the Bible cover to cover *Witness a miracle (All of 2009-the year of watching miracles happen) *Move to the beach for retirement *Volunteer regularly for a year *Buy a house and pay it off *Leave a $100 tip for a $10 meal *Go sailing on a sailboat *Learn to surf *Be completely swept off my feet *Go white water rafting with my family (6/3/2010) *Go parasailing *Tour the White House *Return to Haiti (4/3/2010)