1. Small Oak Desk and Chair - $135
This isn't something I would pay full price for, but it's cute and has a lot of potential so why not haggle? Another technique is to just wait a while - if it's still there in a few days it's your chance to strike OR they might lower the price on their own. If you took this baby home, how cute would it be to paint the drawer faces white while leaving the drawer pulls wood? While you're painting, why not try a chevron or other graphic stencil on the top??
2. Old Wood Chairs (Set of Four) - $60
At $15 a chair, this is really decent. This seller described these chairs as "shabby chic with a lot of character." It could translate to super shabby / rustic perfection or just be junky. I love a banged up piece of furniture, so I might be inclined to keep them as is. BUT if you really don't like it why not paint them each a different color for a fun eclectic look. Blue, green, yellow, and orange?? Like Anna Spiro did here.
3. Magazine Rack - $5Yes please! I love how strange-but-in-a-cute-way this little guy is. It would make a great nightstand or end table in a tight space. If it looks all banged up in person - don't be afraid to repaint or to re-stain it. For such a quirky piece with nice proportions a a great price? Worth it.
4. Rocking Chair Sette - $495Ouch, too much. I just wanted to post this because I thought it had some GREAT detail and would look AMAZING with a little reupholstery. If you kept an eye on this, it might go down in price. My favorite part of this listing was: "We are restructuring our living room into a parlor game room and would love to sell it to someone who appreciates this piece and who will enjoy it." Aw - this is what craigslisting is all about :)
For those of you new to Homeless Housewares: I don't sell these things - I just think they're great buys with a lot of potential. Hopefully you're inspired to search your local craigslistings, OR to find these pieces, search the San Diego craigslist furniture listings using the titles above. Hopefully you can snatch these up before someone else does!