This is a tale of a girl whose longings for a campaign dresser were fulfilled one Saturday when she got out of bed before noon. This post could also be titled “The Early Girl gets the Dresser.” Dang-it.

A few weekends ago, Montana and I decided to sell a bunch of furniture that didn’t fit and check out the Restore and some yard sales. Ever since some AWESOME friends moved into a smaller place and gifted us their treadmill (best day ever) I had been trying to use it fairly regularly. I’m pretty bad at self motivating though. What I am good at is collecting a huge selection of DVR’d shows that I have trouble finding time to watch. When we first moved in, we put a TV in the basement on a TV stand that had previously been in our condo living room. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see it over the top of the treadmill so it needed to go on the wall. The TV stand was also in too nice of condition for the basement where some weights might accidentally scratch or dent it.  Somehow I can’t find a picture of it from either our old condo or the basement. Blogger fail!

We also decided to sell a really nice desk that the previous owners left but for which we just didn’t have a need. We plan to do built-ins for our office eventually but in the meantime the office is packed with bookcases and a desk we already had in the condo.

desk

Luckily both the desk and the TV stand sold quickly and for close to asking price giving us $275 in cash to use for furniture that we needed!

Our Saturday morning started with a quick trip to a yard sale right around the corner and we scored! This solid wood dresser and mirror set became ours for $29! Sure, it’s an ugly tone but nothing a little paint can’t fix.

The mirror immediately went above our fireplace mantel. I’m not sure it’ll stay there long-term but it works for now. Yes… that ceiling fan is hideous.

A few miles of our house, we have this magical land of forgotten treasures known as the Habitat for Humanity Restore. MAGICAL I TELL YOU! Basically, the Restore is Craigslist in a warehouse where volunteers take donations from contractors, businesses and individuals and then sell everything at a huge discount off retail. Proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity. Win-Win! Sometimes they have aisles full of gorgeous marble tile or pedestal sinks. Other days they have nothing awesome at all, which only adds to the thrill… you never know whatcha gonna get! You can usually count on them to have a few complete sets of kitchen cabinet, lots of doors, some random furniture and old sofas that need to be reupholstered. The vast majority of stuff is used but every once in a while you find things like $400 lighting fixtures with the tag still on for $50. Hoollaaahh.

This fine Saturday they had the mother-load. I could have filled a Uhaul with everything I wanted. But… I exercised self-restraint and stayed within my $275.  Here’s a sampling of what I was strong enough to walk away from that day.

Restore Loot

Ok moment of truth. I wanted that sewing table BADDDDDDD but someone scooped it. This place is competitive!

Enter the campaign dresser.

If you’re a decor blog lover or a pinterest lover, then you know that campaign furniture is BIG right now. Now, I’m the last person to be trendy (honestly, even my mom has told me that I’m frumpy) but I have been dying for a campaign dresser. Montana thought I was crazy because I wouldn’t leave it unattended in the store unless he promised to stand by it and not let anyone touch it.  In the picture it actually looks like it’s in much better shape than reality.  The drawer rails were shot. It had probably 20-year-old plastic cracked drawer liners stuck inside, pieces falling off… but IT WAS MINE! All for a cool $40 thankyouverymuch! (Random sidebar: maybe I am obsessed with them because they’re called “campaign” and deep down I feel nostalgic about past campaigns I’ve worked on? Do I need a shrink?)

Then I found this cherry buffet in great condition.

I’m going to call it a buffet, but to be honest I’m not sure how its meant to be used. I don’t usually like bare wood other than in really dark rich tones, but this is going to stay as it is. It was marked at $125 but I negotiated it down to $75 by also buying…

…this hideous chair also for $75. (It was also marked at $125 originally). A friend of mine that I showed the chair to and shared my plan to reupholster it begged me to let her buy it for $150 so she could keep the chair as it was. Please feel free to comment and tell her how hideous it is in its current state. 🙂 Now $75 seems like a lot for chair that needs to be reupholstered, but its super comfortable and even still had the original tag on it from Pier 1. I looked at their site and most chairs in this style go for around $375 so I think even with the work I’ll have to put into it that it’ll be worth it in the end. I’ve already picked out fabric which I scored on clearances during Labor Day sales.

Of course all this new loot means our house is filled back up with projects, as if we didn’t have enough to do.

What’s your favorite second-hand deal you’ve purchased? Any secret tips for finding great stuff? What’s your preference between Craiglist, Yard Sales, or Thrift Stores?

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