Finally Back in Town!

Wow! I feel like I have been all over the place this summer! I am so excited to be able to be back home (well, my temporary home while I wait for my REAL home to close escrow!) and excited to catch up on everyone's blogs! I haven't been able to blog for a while now!

First things first... I started off with this whole out of town deal with a little trip with my husband to Santa Barbara to stay with his parents. Little did we know it would turn into a whole shopping extravaganza! We pulled in Friday night and my husband says, "you better get on Craigslist and get some garage sale addresses together. I don't know if there are going to be a lot of garage sales in Santa Barbara, but we should give it a shot.." Because we were in Santa Barbara, I definitely didn't have high expectations because it is such a ritzy little city, so we assumed that most people just give away their unwanted items to Salvation Army. We sure did misjudge! I had never been to better garage sales in my life! There were SO many garage sales and people were selling GREAT items and at really good prices. Too bad Santa Barbara is 3.5 hours from where we just moved to! SORRY I didn't take any pictures! Everything is being stored at their home in SB but I will definitely take pictures when it gets moved down to our place.

After coming home and hanging around the house, I (of course) decided to check out the city's Craigslist. There wasn't a ton listed, but everything that was listed were some fabulous craigslist finds! So frantically I emailed all the listings I was interested in (I hate it when they don't put phone numbers in their ads!) and patiently waited for a response. The three things I was most interested in were 1) A Rachel Ashwell Settee (If you have followed my blog, you know how LONG I have been wanting a long sofa settee!) 2) A matching set of 2 antique chairs and a small 2 seater settee 3) A Rachel Ashwell big comfy sofa (perfect for our loft!) SO to make a very long and stressful story short, it was the same woman selling all three of these items and she emailed back the next morning saying she had SO many responses to these items that she was going to take bids and the highest bidder would win. You KNOW she was loving this! I've never had craigslist turn into a live auction before! So, we went over to the home to take a closer look at the items and of course fell even more in love. I know I promised to make the long story short, so I will just tell you now that I "won" all three of the items thanks to the woman who happened to take a liking to us!

I didn't take any pictures of the items I bought, but I found the same settee in a magazine:

And here are the pics from the actual craigslist listing for the chair/settee set.. they are really BAD quality but you can at least get an idea:
The comfy couch we purchased had never been used (I guess she kept it in some random room) which is a big bonus because I'm not a huge fan of "used couch" buying. The couch is the one pictured at the top of the blog. It's not the actual picture but it's pretty much the same couch.

SO that was our Santa Barbara weekend in a nutshell! I can't wait to move it all in! Next on the list? A baby grand piano!


My Petite Maison said...

Congratulations, you found such fantastic things. I absolutely love the settee - well I love it all. You must be on top of the world. You go girl!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

Wow, those are some fabulous finds!!
Gotta love garage sales and Craigslist!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

How wonderful! They look really lovely, and I can't wait to see how they will look in your new home. That couch at the top has such a comfy cozy look to it. It looks soft and cushy. I have a feeling you're really going to enjoy all your new things!


Anonymous said...

I am so excited for you I can hardly stand it. You must be thrilled, I can hear it in your post....LOL!!! Some things are just meant to be.


tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Ho-Leeeeeeeeee Mo-leeeeeeeeeee!
Woooooooooooo hooooooooo fun & fabulousness!!!

M ^..^

Amy Sutter said...

I love craigs list!!! I was just looking at it the other day and I didn't find anything fabulous finds close to what you found in your area!! Lucky dog :)
Thanks for entering the drawing on Aged Vintage papier, all can enter!
Amy Sutter

Mo said...

Wow, that settee is AWE-some! Score! I think I'm missing out by not searching Craigslist. Will have to add that it to my daily Bookmarks. Congrats on the great find!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Wow what great finds! I remember you wanting a settee! And that sofa ...I LOVE it! That is just what I want! I can understand why she sold them to you...if I was selling stuff and a sweet young couple came by I would sell it to them too!

Cottagecheap said...

Can't wait to see pictures. We may both be blubbering idiots with all this 'house closing' thing going on!

Good luck!

Joanne Kennedy said...

Wow! You sure did good on your shopping trip!

Makes me want to go up there just to see what I can find. I only live about 2 hours from Santa Barbara.

My brother lived near there for awhile and I would go visit him and come home the same day. It's a beautiful drive up there from here.

Glad you had fun.



Oh my gosh!!! You are so lucky, I love everything you purchased, it's going to look sooooo pretty!

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

Wow....That is a beautiful set OMG!!!
Lucky you.....Where are you moving too? Out of Cali? I bet your house is going to be to die for.
Have a great weekend~Sheri

Victoria Lynn said...

Those are all wonderful things you were able to get - what a lucky find! That settee is fabulous! You'll have fun with it. How exciting! Blessings, Victoria Lynn

Lee Laurie said...

The furniture that you bought is so beautiful! That was a great find! Your home is going to be lovely! Cant wait to see pictures.

Debbie Kay said...

Wondered where you were and happy to hear you are back with so many awesome treasures. Don't you just love bargains that turn out to be treasures? Hope to see pictures soon.

Lots of love,

Debbie Kay

Priscila said...

Im glad your back! Im also glad you found exactly what your heart desired! Its fun when you find what you want huh? :)

emily said...

Wow what great finds!! So beautiful! Congrats to you! Can't wait to see it all together.

Shannon @ Silver Trappings said...

Wow! Absolutely gorgeous! I loooove that settee!

I just found you today and have saved you in my favorites


TattingChic said...

Those are some fabulous finds that you got in SB! I hope we get to see pics of them in your place soon, I'll bet they will look great!

David and Shalynna said...

I love this blog. It's so fun to look at all of your different finds. I'm friends with Jessica Curtis, and found your blog through her. You both are so good at decorating. :)

Desiree said...

Hi! A little late to the party, but I have a couch similar to yours-and I looooove the aqua colour you painted yours! Can I ask what colour/how you did it? I haven't quite decided what I'm doing with mine yet so still looking for inspiration! Thanks! Desiree