Monday, September 23, 2013

WHY I LOVE CRAIGSLIST...


Reason 1,453,294.  

I picked these huge mounted antlers up last week.  For FREE!!!


I mentioned I've been stalking CL lately for some new chairs for my kitchen table, and one morning I was doing my usual search for "chairs", "rug", and "chandelier".  On a whim I searched for "antlers", thinking that it's time to decorate for Fall and wishing I had some more loose antlers to scatter around.

This was the first listing that popped up.  As I read the details, I noticed the words "free to a good home."  Well, I couldn't send that text fast enough!  I didn't even know how big they were, in the blurry photo they were just resting in the chair.


I was delighted when I made a special trip across town and picked them up to see that they were HUGE!  Mr. K. told me that the family story was that his Grandfather got these (on a hunt, I assume) in Alaska in 1910.  Mr. K.'s wife refused to let him hang them in the house, so he just wanted to get rid of them.  HUH? How do you get rid of 113 year old antlers with such a great family history?  Well, apparently some people don't have hoarding tendencies aren't that attached to their stuff, and he was happy to give them to me. 

I couldn't contain my excitement and shared with my Instagram friends...


The mounting plaque had a yellowish-shellac finish, but I thought the wood might be pretty with that stripped off.  It wasn't...still too yellow.  So, I just painted it black.


So thank you, Mrs. K., for not wanting these in your home.  I sure do love them.  One man's trash...


P.S.- The striped rug is back in the entry.  The chevron just wasn't working for me there, so it moved to my son's room.   Nothing like a good round of musical rugs!


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27 comments:

  1. That was such a great score, especially with those high ceilings you have - it's perfect over your mirror!!

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  2. I'm sooo jealous and I can't believe someone gave them away for free. Love love love!

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  3. Oh my gosh that's the best score EVER! Jealous!!! XO, Aimee

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  4. Awesome find! I have some huge antlers that I de-mounted (is that a word?) Kind of wishing I'd left them alone...

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  5. SCORE!! SCORE!!!! Love these. Looks like they definitely found a good home!

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  6. Your new "find" is unbelievable!
    What's more fun is your elephant! Love it, we have 4! Long story...not for here.
    You switch things out as often as I do. Love it and it's fun!

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  7. SCORE! Why am I never lucky like that on CL :(

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  8. I haven't had a good free find in quite a while. This was a great one! Love the updated look with the darker plaque!

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  9. Jennifer, I LOVE LOVE it. I want some antlers, and have been looking in our woods for some, but FREE has never looked better than this rack! whoa. Your entry is fabulous. Have a great week!
    xo Nancy

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  10. No way!! The perfect touch for fall in your entry! Everyone in the blogosphere is going to be searching CL! :)

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  11. Now THATS a score!! They look awesome Jennifer!

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  12. A score like that makes stalking craigslist multiple times a day totally worth it!!

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  13. Awesome!! Lady Luck was on your side that day. :)

    xo
    Pat

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  14. You lucky duck!! They look awesome! Love where you put them too. Time to go buy your lotto tic:)

    Laura
    House envy

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  15. Those are seriously amazing. I love that you colored the base black. Looks great above that mirror!

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  16. I still can't get over this. FREE for those is insane!!!

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  17. Those are FANTASTIC!!! What a score! I am still a craigslist weeny and am afraid of going to strangers houses alone. I need to get over that because all you ladies always find some fabulous things!!

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  18. I love them. I found a single antler in the woods once, but this would have been better.

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  19. what a great find and story to go along with it! I've been scouring the free section ever since you posted this on instagram, no luck yet :)

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  20. Shut. UP. They were FREE?!? You are one lucky lady. Now I must add "antlers" to my craigslist search items! Love them!

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