thrifty thursday: a craigslist tufted velvet sofa

I have been so excited to share my newest find with you this week {could you tell??}.

It all started when my little girl decided to color on our white sofa last weekend. I love my white couch, but not when it comes to wandering crayons in the hands of a 2 year-old.

our living room
We'd been planning to get another set of slipcovers for the couch, but I didn't want to spend the extra money {$50} for just the convenience of an extra set.

So anyway, on Friday, my mom came to stay {and brought blackberries and a BOX of peaches with her!}, and she and my Granny watched the kids all Saturday afternoon.

With our free time, Rob and I {okay, okay, I} decided we would go furniture shopping for fun. Oddly enough, we had never really done major furniture shopping in our 12.5 years together! We have had three brand new pieces of real furniture in our marriage, a leather couch, a desk, and a set of bunk beds, and they all came from Sam's. :)

So, we go furniture shopping. First to the La-Z-Boy store, where I walk in the door and immediately choke when I see the first fabric couch on display for $1300. $1300?? For my kids to destroy? I'd have to be crazy, or wanting to hide some money from the government or something.

And oh my goodness gracious, who can afford a $2000 recliner anyway? What?? A chair that costs as much as my first car???

We did one round and quickly made our exit. Ahem.

That was pretty much the story for every store we went to. Go, sit on a few car-priced sofas, try to avoid the salespeople {impossible}, and leave thinking new furniture purchases truly might never be an option.

And what's worse is that I didn't actually find a sofa I liked. I must be weird, because I didn't see anything I loved out of hundreds of couches.

The best deal I found by far was online from a local furniture store:

And for $700, she apparently was a real steal {remember the 2k recliners???}. But she only came in cream fabric. I'm not daring enough for that risky business.

So I mentally give up on buying new furniture. And after seeing what was out there, I was more than okay with that. We need pre-owned furniture. And something cute. :)

The shopping exercise was a good thing for me.

And so, what do you know, I search Craigslist again and find this just listed:

The seller says it's 8 feet long, in great condition, and no stains.

And it's $50. 

$50. For the price of new slipcovers, I can get an antique tufted velvet sofa. That looks like my favorite couch.

I email, expecting it to be sold, and to my surprise, get an email back saying it isn't yet.

I show the hubs, and he is in love, people.

If you ever want a used piece of furniture, it seems that all you have to do is take your husband shopping for the new version. He will have never been so happy to fork over $50.

Rob loves the picture of it. I love it too. But is it comfy? Will such an old couch really be in good condition? I mean, it's old.You know Craigslist people.

We arrange a time, and go to see it the next morning.

And it's not just in great condition, it's in incredible condition.

I went in almost hoping to find something wrong with it so he could come down from $50 {I'm cheap, I know}.

But it was perfect.

We sat down.

It was softer and more comfortable than 90% of the couches we sat on last weekend. And did I mention it was in perfect shape? ;) It was 50 years old, the owner told us.

Velvet. Tufted. Sofa. For $50. Not $700. This was like a blessing from Heaven!

We were sold. :D

And if it weren't good enough, he asked us if we wanted this {for free}:

Hmm...why, sure, we will take a free antique headboard. :)

We brought them home, and I loved the sofa even more:

I know it's still a light color, and it's not washable like the other, but for $50, I think we'll see how it fares in the living room.

Right now the kids have the white couch and the leather couch, and the soft couch belongs to mommy and daddy. :P

I'm debating whether to sell the white sofa. I still love the way it looks in the living room. And all three pieces still fit well. And all the crayon came out with bleach, which is the biggest benefit of the white sofa.... :D


Decisions, decisions. ;)

Do I sell the white sofa we bought used as well and pocket the difference? Or do I keep it on standby for other rooms? I'm not sure yet.

Either way, I'm glad furniture stores exist. Someone else buys new, takes the hit, and I get to save {sometimes 50 years later}. :D

Q: Have you found a great furniture deal on Craigslist? I love a good find!


  1. I love some Craigslist! When we first got married I furnished pretty much our entire home that way....and it remains the same ;) ps I'm new..... Love your blog!

  2. I want the white sofa if u sell it:)

  3. Girl I am with you, we have been trampsing in and out of furniture stores for months looking for a couch. It is our first time buying new furniture ever, we are going on 17yrs of marriage. I just can't bring myself to pay those prices, and the sales people who think they are helping are just pushing me further away. I wish I could just walk around and look, when I find it I'll let you . Anyhow i'm a craigslist junkie for that very reason, praying a steal oops up like yours soon. LOVE your beautiful couch.

  4. I love shopping second hand. We have furnished the whole livingroom for $125, sofa $50, tvstand and matching end tables, $50 and a great leather chair and ottoman for $25....yes $25! And with 5 children, if something gets scratched or stained, no worry. Although it is rarely the secondhand items they stain.

  5. Woman, I don't know what kind of crack that guy was smoking, but I'm sure glad he was smoking it for your sake because that sofa is the bomb!

  6. I'm glad I'm not the only one shocked by prices at furniture stores! I went shopping a few months ago to find dressers for my sons. I could not find 1 dresser under $400! I couldn't believe it! After a few weeks of searching we got creative and found another solution that has worked just as great!

  7. I'm totally the same way about furniture - I can NEVER find something I love that is brand-new in the store (especially for the ridiculous prices!). However, when I go thrifting or craigslisting or flea marketing I can almost always find something that I really love for waaaaaaay cheaper than brand new.
    Great find! This post was super-inspiring to me to get back out there to thrift stores and flea markets to shop for me home!

  8. Wow what a great find! That's like a new with tags j crew dress at the thrift store, but even better! i love how it goes with your overall style for the living room too.

  9. I'd love to see a picture of your whole living room now with the new couch in it...then we can discuss whether or not you should keep the white couch. ;) I also have white furniture in my living room (along with a leather couch) and the white drives me crazy at times. Yes, you can bleach it, but HAVING to bleach it CONSTANTLY is a pain - and you do have to bleach it constantly when you have kids. :)

  10. so happy for you!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. So cute! I love a good deal! And yes! We got our sofa/loveseat set on craigslist. We had a big puffy olive green sectional that we loved the look of but just weren't crazy about the sectional for our living room because it was weirdly shaped. We wanted to try to find the couch/loveseat version for a good price but were having a horrible time finding anything in the "we-have-4-kids-and-2-dogs-so-its-only-a-matter-of-time-before-something-happens-to-it" price range. Lo and behold, Hubs found the set on craigslist for $5!!!!! It was only 6 yrs old and the guy's wife had ordered new stuff that was coming in a couple days so he just wanted it gone. We checked it out and the only thing wrong with it was a dog had chewed on one of the wooden legs a TINY bit. Our wonky sectional is now sittin' pretty in our basement family room :)

  12. bahaha, yes, I'm glad too! :P

  13. that's crazy! $400 for a dresser! I believe it after this weekend! lol! Glad you found a solution!

  14. ohhh, let me know how it goes! :D

  15. Thanks! I'm excited!

  16. I'm with you all the way on that one. It's nice to have a brand new looking couch every time you wash it, but it only lasts for a few weeks... lol!

  17. let me know how your search goes! :D

  18. $5??? that beats mine like crazy! go hubs!! love that!

  19. When we bought our first (and current) house it had been completely updated. All my appliances were new. But we had no fridge. So to Craigslist I went and I found a fridge for $40. The only trouble was it had no shelves. So I bought $5 shelves at walmart and it works just fine. It's the oldest looking thing in my house and I always showing off during a house tour. ;-)

  20. That is incredible! What a beautiful couch and a rockin' find! I say hold onto the couch for a few months; it might come in handy for the holidays?

  21. What an awesome find! You should be soooo stoked! Haven't searched CL in a while, but this motivates me :)

  22. I get so much more excitement finding a bargain than paying expensive store prices, I'm totally a cheap skate in a good way. I yard sale mostly for my kids clothes, coupon, and stay on our local swap site to find good deals! I love your couch it is a great deal and you can feel better about spending $50 than $500 :)

  23. Wow, beautiful sofa! & decor.pillows.. I refurbish garbage entire house except linens n to love that..


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