kijiji’in

I do not have the greatest luck when it comes to Kijiji but from what I’ve been told, practice makes perfect and I don’t practice.

Kinda like grade eight band class and my trumpet…

Anyway, I am always envious of my friends who score amazing stuff from Kijiji, the Value Village and even Frenchys, and I never understand why I have no luck! Then, I realized, it’s probably because I actually don’t spend enough time looking. For that one J.Crew sweater, she* probably sifted through 50 bins. So, with this being said, I am going to practice and share some finds I found on Kijiji Halifax. I have set my filter to a 50 km radius.

To start, I am going to select some key words that interest me. Even though I don’t need anything, it is always fun to browse. And speaking of looking… for frig sake, if you are posting furniture, take a picture!

Lets start with my favourite word:

SCANDINAVIAN

haha, the first think that pops up was:
Vintage IKEA hall table – early ’80s design ($45).
Um, I don’t think this is what I had in mind. 1-$_35

The second (and only other) item was:
6 teak chairs ($240).
With awesome fabric, these would be amazing… and doing the math, that’s $40 a chair. Not bad. 2-$_35

Since there are not a lot of SCANDINAVIAN items listed, I tried TEAK and found 25 pieces of furniture! Here are some goodies.

Wow, this whole title sings to me:
Mid Century Modern Danish Teak Extendable Dining Table ($450).
Darling, if only I had the space. 3-$_35

This is nice too but I am not sure about the leather top. I am also not sure why there’s a question mark in the title:
BEAUTIFUL WALNUT LEATHER TOP DESK CREDENZA TEAK? MID CENTURY ($350) 4-$_35

Why do people not give prices. It makes me angry:
1960s Danish teak credenza with hutch 5-$_35

Moving on… DANISH may be a word used more than Scandinavian. Nevermind, just a repeat of everything I’ve already seen.

CREDENZA: 10 items

Solid Wood Dresser/Credenza **Delivery Included** ($75).
Not loving the colour but liking the price. 6-$_35

At this point, I feel like I am seeings more and more repeats so I am heading in a new direction.

BUNK BED: 26 items

Red Metal Bunk Bed Frame ($100).
I love the red! I had my heart set on solid wood but the colour is calling me. Mike thinks the railing at the top is not 5-year-old friendly.  7-$_35

Argh, not a lot of bunk beds. How about something I would love but do not have the room for: BEDROOM SET: 10 items

Not much out there for my liking but this set was probably the nicest:
Canadian Made Wooden Bedroom Set: Sleigh bed and 2 dressers ($1,850) 

8-$_35

MID CENTURY (these words make me nervous – I feel like a lot of people don’t know what mid century is): 30 items

Mid Century Modern Walnut Occasional Chair (2 for sale) ($200)
Someone took the time to reupholster them in neutral grey rib weave resistant fabric. Bonus. 9-$_35

Eames Lounger (unique mid century replica) – Own a classic ($600):
At $600, this guy is not only offering a chair but a whole lot of explanations: This is a unique find from a few years ago that I refinished myself, and I just don’t have the room for. It does not come with an ottoman. This is NOT an original eames brand lounger, so let’s get that out of the way so you don’t get too excited. However, this is not a ratty vinyl modern chinese knockoff either (Which cost over a grand I might add). It’s real leather except the arm rests and dates from the 70’s. (I guess the knockoff’s started from the get go, and this is one of them.) Now for the oddities: The previous owner’s cat scratched the leather. It’s in the pics, but the leather is picked at (no rips). The base is not fixed like the eames original. The base on this is fairly beat up metal with new plastic feet, and it reclines. I myself like it better. (Have you ever sat in a real one. They’re not all that comfortable, especially with a laptop, or trying to talk to anyone else in the room.) This one is. I find it quite comfy, (you can fall asleep in it reeealllllll easy). The originals are tinted orange. This one is stained with more of a burgundy. It is also kind of creaky (I think in an endearing way), but if you’ve sat in a knockoff at project 9 or attica, it’s not as machined as that. This looks like an eames lounger, but feels like a lazy boy..in a good way. 10-$_35

That last guy’s post got me thinking about how I can smooth talk people into buying my stuff

Bosch Washer/Dryer set ($250): This set has survived not one but two floods! And, although they may roar slightly louder than a kitten, they still work! We (and the guy who assessed them) recommend a new motor for the washing machine however this team would be great for a cottage. Bosch is a great brand and both you and the environment will love them. Call today before they get swept away *again.

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Please let me know what words you search for and if you have scored anything truly amazing. All of the items found above (including my washing machine set) are still available… unless someone else bought them. Good luck!

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*she: Sarah, Amanda, Sabrina, Georgina…

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‘Tis the season for some DIY fun!

We’ve held off on a TV-storage solution for our main room for a year now. It’s an open space with a big white wall on the west side, perfect for seeing the television from the couch, dining table and kitchen. During this time of contemplation, we had the TV on our Ikea Liatorp side table. It was in our pre-renovated living room and it was meant to be left there* for David’s toys. The Liatorp is a great piece of affordable furniture for two kid-friendly reasons:

  1. The television sits high up to avoid direct toy-throwing toddler height.
  2. There is lots of storage, perfect for puzzles, games and bins.

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With this being said, it was showing a bit of wear and tear and I didn’t like how the glass doors showed all of the toys. We wanted something a bit more adult and modern. I stumbled upon a great blog called the Brick House and loved their remake of the ACE Hotel’s Plumbing Pipe Shelving. Mike loved the idea too and we thought we could make our own version however, we quickly discovered Nova Scotia lacks the resources to make this project look as good as theirs. I was also worried it’d be a bit too risqué for such a open space in the house. Chicken.DSC06609Although this project was scratched, I continued following the Brick House blog and one day, I saw their clever Ikea-hack. They call it the Fauxdenza and I instantly decided it’d be the perfect solution for our space. Here’s why:

  1. It floats, allowing our high baseboard to stay exposed.
  2. We had leftover wood from out kitchen cabinets, perfect for the full wrap-around.
  3. Three words, high gloss white.
  4. It hides tons of stuff, including games and the computer.
  5. It is narrow and long – perfect for that wall.

DSC00372-copy1We held off on the project because of Ikea’s overpriced shipping costs plus, our Golf was fully loaded on our last trip to Montreal. Until… Cyber Monday arrived and a friend gave me the heads up that there was free shipping in Canada! Score. We ordered three Akurum fan cab/ top cabinet to refrigerator and two suspension rails.

Mike and his dad did the install, which took less than a day. We are super happy with the outcome and look forward to stuffing the cabinets full of junk.

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Minor adjustments to the doors and this project is a wrap. xomeg

Psst… here is a before shot of the space fresh after the renovation, exactly a year ago.

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* The former living room is now David’s play room.