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Posted by GreenDesigns
Sun, Aug 12, 12 at 2:02
|I've been keeping an eye on my local Craigslist for some older furniture that can be reupholstered. Pickings seem to be slim right now for something nice. There's plenty of beige microfiber blobby stuff, and red microfiber blobby stuff, and some really ugly stuff......
#1 Ugly American at it's finest...it takes me back, as in a bad acid flashback..
2. Wood is good....Add some more... odd little wooden protruberances..... Good for firewood, I guess.
3.Siezure inducing plaid....and the lumpy style only makes the lines line up strangely, which makes your eyes bleed worse
|Almost everyone here grew up in a house that went through an Early American phase. Of course that was in 1975 and the sofas are long gone. Funny that someone is still parking their a#% on one and now have decided to go on to brass and glass and think they can sell the EA! |
Somewhere I have a picture of me sleeping in a chair with the coolest EA patterned slipcover....
As far as seizure inducing...most people with seizures aren't triggered by flashing lights, crazy patterns....that is a very specific type of Epilepsy. I have an Epileptic child and I am more bothered by those things then the kiddo.
(Not offended by your post just injecting a little fact)
|Here is one from our local CL. Could be the sister couch to greywings post above. Described as "beige microfiber". Looks like it might eat you. But what the heck, it's FREE! |
|My find from 3 years ago. It was in terrible shape - worn frayed material and very ugly. I re did and love it. I also have the matching arm chair. |
My house is around 100 years old with 10 foot ceilings with all natural oak woodwork. Modern furniture just not fit the house.
|#1. It's ALIVE!!! |
#2. I feel certain everyone has known someone with this couch at some point in their lives.
#3. Bonus, because it's a sleeper. :shudder:
Asking price for all three combined: $225.
|this is just so wrong, in every way. But it's free! |
|Our local CL wasn't too bad today. Usually they're more like the ones you see above. I typically search on "vintage" or "retro", so I get stuff that's amazing but $$$ or else these above.|
|I actually had a couch just like that first one back in 1978.|
|Oops, the picture didn't post. Oh well, CL karma is out to get me. I inquired about a vintage coffee table I saw today that has been there for a month, and it sold TODAY. That's what I get for thinking someone's couch is ugly.|
|I should be cleaning, but couldn't resist posting this doozy: |
''Moving and need to sell my sofa.
The best feature of this sofa is that it is comfortable!
From non-smoking household. Non-pet household also (a rover or kitty has never been on this).
No odors or unsightly stains.
What I like about this one is that it is 7.5' long... you can actually lay down and sleep on it without your legs hanging over.
Asking $125 cash.
Act soon as this won't be listed forever.''
Don't be so sure about that...
I think this has everyone beat!..And they want $900!
I think this has everyone beat!..And they want $900!
|OMG, I got a good belly laugh out of these posts, a real LOL that brought my son down to see what was so funny. And the text on all of these listings probably includes the word "BEAUTIFUL"!|
|I'm posting the link to this one, so you can decide whether the unfortunate spelling of 'comfortable' is a mistake, or related to the spots.|
Here is a link that might be useful: Free Sofa Bed and Love Seat
|"unfortunate spelling", OMG, too funny. I went onto my local CL looking for something to contribute, but most of them were actually usable, some would need slipcovers or reupholstering, but except for the pub-backs, nothing really wildly ugly. Saw a couple of wing chairs I would like to call about, like I need more stuff.|
|I love that they usually say "great condition", and "comfortable"...and I think "I know what that means", so I dont' click on them anymore. But every now and then I must have a weak moment, because I do click. |
My contribution is not one of the Michelin Man sofas that seem to flood my horrible local CL, but rather one that reminds me of a car fire...I can't seem to take my eyes off of it and I keep thinking about it...but, why?
Maybe I imagine it with the wood painted in a high gloss black. And somehow it will look great in my house.
Maybe I keep thinking how my crazy lime green wingback chair turned out so nicely in my house and now I see remakes of it (same color and style) selling for $6k in high end stores....and I just know I can hit the furniture lottery again...but I don't think this sofa set is it.
And if you are interested, it is $800 for all 3 pieces. I guess the sofa is 2 pieces.
|Nothing too terribly bad on my CL at the moment. These are a bit shudder inducing though ... |
Even the dog seems to be saying, "Help meeeee ..."
The 80s called. It wants its sofa back. (No, wait - it doesn't really.)
The seller has actually described this as a "BADASS" sofa. I'm pretty sure I don't want to associate Bad/Ass/Sofa in the same sentence.
This may look better in person, but the photo makes it appear to be consumed by a flesh-eating bacteria.
|That last one would look much better if it had pink velvet.|
|The commentary is making me laugh even more than the sofa pics. I'm sure I could come up with even better examples from our local CL but I chose this one because it includes a pet peeve - displaying their trash all over the object being sold or given away. Seriously? You can't even move the baggie of Fruit Loops and sippy cup before taking the picture?|
|Check out this one, for $2500 you get both this "Beautiful Silk Velvet Green Couch" AND the 2 pillars! SCORE! |
Description: "...is in New Condition, has been covered for years. NO PET HAIR OR SMOKERS........The Green Pillars goes with the couch $2500. The Couch is 80"in Long
The couch is in excellent condition as you would be buying a brand New One."
|Found another good set, gold this time! All for only $699.|
|Forgot to post the picture again after hitting "preview" :)|
|I was going to stop posting because this is just too easy. But then this caught my eye. Originally $3600, now $200: |
|All I can think about is the person who bought these when they were new. Wonder what they thought when the delivery truck pulled up and unloaded it. Did they just love it? Did they freak out? Somehow I think the more ornate the sofa, the more the person probably loved it.|
|"Do ya think they'll notice the bloodstains?" |
"Nah ... we scrubbed really hard."
|Is it odd that I see this as a female teenage wallflower from the 1950s, and as such, I kinda feel sorry for her? |
|This thread is turning me off chesterfield sofas! But I love them!|
|Here ... a palate cleanser. ;-) |
But that sofa goes so well with the rug!
|Haha, Thank you SunnyC! That's going to be my next sofa!|
|I started this thread because of the overwhelming amount of dreck....and I do mean overwhelming amount.. |
It ain't easy being green...
Advertised with "Free Delivery"...buy they aren't up to paying someone to take it away just yet. (This one was a possibility to reupholster because of the lines, but it's a separate pillow back, and those slide down behind the seat cushions and I hate dealing with re-arranging the cushions everytime I want to sit.)
Imagine if the picture was actually in focus....
"Very comfortable & looks great!" If you have a Twiggy behind and need coke bottle glasses maybe....
"New fabric!" I'd hate to see the old then....
Retro 80's look!
Recline in comfort....as long as you keep your eyes closed.
Another bit of hard evidence that "custom" does't automatically equate with high quality or tastefullness....
More Ugly American...
OK, I confess, some might think this ugly, but I actually LIKE this one. It's vintage cool, especially with the built in ashtray in the loveseat...But I just don't have the right space for this.
I even like the colors in this as well as the shape, it's very "today"..if they'll come down on the price enough to pay for me to redo it, we might have a winner.
|"Great, sturdy, comfortable couch! Best couch I have ever own." Aw, geez, now I feel really sorry for them if this is the best and they think it's "sturdy".. |
OK, the fabric knocks you upside the head....but the lines on this are pretty cool...it's also a possibility, but it's 100 miles from here, and they'll have to send some better pics of the structure first.
"97 inch long custom made sofa in excellent condition." Yup, more quality "custom" work.
Sofa for sale, Charming Southwestern design. No holes, stains, or tears.
Incredibly comfortable, and each end recline" Charming? Charming? Um, OK.
"Like new" Return it to the manufacturer as a defect then?
Proof that hunting for "vintage" stuff doesn't always give you treasures! And a close up of the fabric to entice you even more!
And, fodder for future years, just to prove that ugly couches are NOT all about 1975...."Brand New, 2 pcs., Couch & Love Seat. Factory Direct. $549 Buy now."
|GreenDesigns, I'm sorry but that leather trio, especially the love seat and chair are SCARY! Like something from a bad sci-fi movie. I give you credit for starting this though, I haven't laughed so much in a long time!|
|Green, that last one is decent but seems very large. Not sure what year that would be from, though.|
|Only $325, and it's been in the family since the 40's or 50's... |
|Squirrel damage?! |
"Love seat (small couch) is plaid with nice wood trim. Recliner Chair ("burnt orange" color) and would make a very nice reupholstery project. Some squirrel damage"
You couldn't wake the guy up to get a picture?
I don't want to know what "cusions" are.
NICE COUCH WITH CUSIONS
|Uh -- does this loveseat look like a pair of elephants, or is it just me? |
|geokid, maybe lazy a$$ husband is included, haha!|
|Here's another winner.... "Blue 2 seater loveseat" |
I wonder if that heaping pile of garbage comes with it?
|I am always amazed at the saggy leather sofas or the leather sofas with the stain from where your head rests. Let me see if I can find such finds in my local CL...|
|Not to get off the subject of sofas .........but why not clear the stuff off the item ? I see that alot.. |
Need a coffee table??
|Oh, my - these are just too "good" to be true! hahahahaha! Squirrel damage? Swooping antique designed in the 50s for fainting wives? WTH?? |
Is it just me, or can anyone else almost smell some of these while viewing the photos? I feel a little like I need a very long session with a neti pot ...
|"Orange One Seat Couch. Excellent condition. Use tailor shop, rarely sat on. |
Hmm. . .last I checked a "one seat couch" was called a CHAIR!!
WHERE is my flame-thrower when I need it!!!
For 98% of these, I'd buy them just to use the Flamethrower!!!
|Per owner: "The couch is honestly not the comfiest but I've been using it more for show." |
I'd be afraid to see what their comfortable furniture looks like. . .
Here is a link that might be useful: Listing
|SunnyCottage ... but now imagine that Chesterfield sofa, butt-spring from a few years of being sat on, a bit faded and stained, with the button dimples full of cat hair and Cheetos. |
|Hey, I am trying to eat my lunch here. But these are funny and disgusting!!!!!!! |
|More early american loveliness, this time in a complete set for only $895! |
A beautiful Early American Living Room Set. 2 End Tables, A table Lamp, Plus lamps, 2 Chairs one Rocker Chair. And a beautiful Couch. Good Condition. Please call George or Cathy at 203-723-2980 Pictures below.
Here is a link that might be useful: funny couch post
|just what I was hoping to find... |
If you're looking for a convertible couch with an appetite for cat toys, have I got the piece of furniture for you! There were so many cat toys under this couch when I cleaned it that I could have opened my own pet store! Toy mice, jingly balls, nail files, bottle caps and even one of those plastic aquarium trees -- this couch is an indiscriminate cat toy eater!
So, I know what you're thinking. You're saying to yourself, I have too many cat toys in my house. Well, look no further friend, because this couch with eat many, if not all, of your cat toys. Imagine your home free of cat toy clutter once and for all. Surely this sleeper couch has attained nirvana.
In addition to eating cat toys, this couch converts to a sleeper with a Sealy mattress. Freshly cleaned, stain- and odor-free. Small tear on right armrest.
Please Note: A couch with this kind of stomach for cat toys is very heavy. Please be prepared to lift, remove and transport the couch yourself; I cannot offer any assistance. You will probably not loose any fingers in the maw of the couch during transport, but this is not guaranteed.
Here is a link that might be useful: Blue couch that eats cat toys!
The leather on the middle section has some wear and tear and the middle section also sink in a little.
Me- hummm, some tear, some sinking and a bit of drool, urine, sleep funk and filth...darn if only they would have stated "CUSTOM" I woulda hightailed it over there for that keeper. I dono, maybe I'd think about it cept I guess that kid comes with it and I have enough pets.
|This is a beautiful Antique Couch! It has great wood work and a very intricate floral fabric. This would be great for anyone who appreciated beautifully created furniture! Come check out this item, and the other items we have in our store! |
Only $300!! Yikes!
|Ok one more... too many "beautiful" pictures to post. You have to see for yourself. LOL|
Here is a link that might be useful: Versace Fabric Overload
|On the topic of CL... check out this one I found in the best of Craigslist: http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/van/206484440.html|
|DH is trying to figure out what is going on in here. I literally gasped at the dreamsicle colored sofa Lindac posted. And laughed until tears ran down my face at the "one seater sofa." Oh, and 50 grand for the Versace stuff? I don't think you could pay me $50k to take it...ok, well, maybe, but only if it were cash |
I never look at craigslist in our area. It is always horrible. Or if it is marginally decent, it is overpriced.
Thanks for the laughs!
|This is a current listing and they are asking $15 for this.|
|I found this CL listing a few weeks ago, then found the picture of the dog on Pinterest, so I put the two pictures together thinking they went well together!|
|If you love painted furniture AND color, there might be something here for you! ;o)|
Here is a link that might be useful: handpainted furniture
|Not only a 'designer' couch, but this jewel is HAND MADE!!|
Here is a link that might be useful: click here
|That poor woman has too much free time on her hands, Patty cakes, donï¿½t you think?|
|I'm enjoying ALL of these pics so much, but patty_cakes, that handpainted furniture you linked above just about takes the cake. |
I don't know why, but I keep looking at it.
|Well one thing is for sure no one could possibly blame any of us for bragging about a craigslist score now that they know what we go through to get it.|
|"Special-needs couch seeks butts. Free." |
why is that look so darn cute on the dog but so repulsive on the couch? Life is unfair I guess.
|hhierno, I agree! I couldn't get the picture of that sofa off my mind, I remember thinking 'ughhhh I would't want to walk in to the room on a dark night and see that, it would startle me. But when viewing the dog, I thought, 'awwww he is cute'. LOL|
|Okay, here are my local CL candidates... Sadly, it appears to be in good shape...|
|And it comes with a matching 'loveseat'...|
|Sadly, some of the couches remind me of my mom. Probably a lot being sold from family homes. |
Good lesson for us on what holds up. Although I wouldn't have bought them in the first place. And am guessing a lot of people are just trying to get paid to move the dumb couches.
I keep seeing Elvis, Liberace, etc. with some of them. The rest make me feel creepy just thinking of what they went through.
|That hand painted furniture link? Priceless! |
"My wife does all of this by hand, our whole house is full of items for sale,"
Yes, they are all for sale because everyone sells things they don't want in their house anymore ;)
I think you should get this one. Not because it's beautiful, but because it would be SUCH a challenge to re-upholster :)
Or this one - though it would be a SHAME to recover it since they claim it's only a few years old ...
|OMG, you guys have me laughin so hard. I used to love Craigslist, but now I am scared to even look. Greenliving: my brother had a large chair like the last green and blue couch. When he left the dorm there was a bidding war among his friends. They all wanted the chair with arm rests wide enough to lay your lap top on one side, and your books and snack on the other.|
|All of these are awesome but Geokid, you are hilarious! Squirrel damage? Couldn't wake that guy? You had me and my DH rolling!|
|Ok- cheating since this is a dining table but our local Craig's list is pretty funny too. This listing include a foursome of dudes too! Oh Single ladies?|
Here is a link that might be useful: Dining table with dudes included
|the last one is concerning..".exchange to take place at the bank"|
|the last one is concerning..".exchange to take place at the bank"|
|Just listed! only $85! Hurry! |
|Oh lol lol lol!! thank you all so much...made my evening |
|this just came up on my CL. Ugly? Or fabulous? Only $100 - it's a Howard Parlor couch if that name means anything to anyone.|
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