Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday's Finds

Here are two fun posts from the past few days:

This seller listed a cute little dining set for $20.


Small table and 2 chairs. Moving and must sell. Asking for $20.00.

Looking for something special to hold your jewelry?
Antique Jewel Case with Beveled Glass

Beautiful ornament for any dresser or bathroom, this vintage gilt box looks nice anywhere.
Gold metal or brass, with velvet pad inside the framework. 

Don't forget to check out for Seattle finds!

Happy Hunting!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Big News!

Since starting Lu's List about a month ago, I have had some requests to expand to other cities.  After some consideration, I am pleased to tell you that Lu's List will now have a Seattle edition.  Lu's List Seattle can be found at and will feature finds from Seattle and the surrounding area.  

As always, please share your fun finds and feedback as desired.  Also, if you know people in the Seattle area that may enjoy Lu's List, please forward this news onto them.

Happy Hunting,

A Reader's Find

A Lu's List reader wrote in about their great find recently and I wanted to share the story with you!

The reader was browsing the local Craigslist Free listings when she noticed an ad for free wedding magazines.  Since the reader is currently planning her summer wedding she decided to respond to the ad.  When she picked up the wedding magazines she was delighted to find out that there were way more magazines than she expected (she estimates over $100 worth) and that all are from within the past year!

I think this is a great example of sharing local resources and I look forward to hearing more wonderful stories.

Share your finds by emailing

Happy Hunting!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday's Finds

Here are the latest and greatest postings (in my opinion) from the Spokane Craigslist.   Click on the post's title to be taken to the original CL ad.  Enjoy!

I like the funky and unique shape of this shelf and I think it would look great painted a fun color.


Shelf --wood--24" tall--48" long--6" wide--

This buffet is FREE.  Enough said, right?  But I think its pretty good looking and from the picture it looks to be in pretty good shape.

I have a desk/Buffet that is in good condition. Just taking up space. Free to the first taker. 

This vintage lava lamp would look good sitting on the shelf posted above!


A nice lava lamp with spun aluminum frame. 

For some reason, I think this little accordian is really sweet.


This is a 1960's toy acordian, that is in new condition. 

Happy Hunting!

Friday, January 28, 2011

[FREE] Friday's Find

Another good freebie listed on the Spokane Craigslist.  Get it while you can.


Oak finish entertainment center. Will hold 36" analog TV or 37" flat panel. It is in good condition. Has to go ASAP. You haul. It will take at least two men to move it. We would like it gone by tomorrow.

Click on the post's title to be taken to the original post with contact information.

Happy Hunting,

Thursday, January 27, 2011

[FREE] Another Thursday Find

Couldn't resist sharing this post for a FREE armoire.


Just moved, have a free IKEA Armoire without hanging bar. Looking to get rid of as soon as possible. Come and get it! 

Happy Hunting,

Thursday's Finds

Here are two current posts that I like from the Spokane Craigslist.  Don't forget to share your fun finds too!  I would love to see your picks.  

Click on the title of each post to be taken to the original ad and to find the purchase information.

I love the look of these two matching chairs and I also love the price at $5 a piece.

They are listed with a vanity chair so the ad reads like this:


Have a 60's vanity chair. Only $5 or two matching green high back chairs for $5ea. 

I haven't seen a spice set like this before and I think it's clever that each jar is a shaker.


Set of six spice canisters that are actually individual shakers. Holder is thin wood and one side nail hole is damaged, but the shakers are all in good condition. Approx 8" wide and 10" tall to top of holder. Asking $15.00. Available Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. 

Happy Hunting!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

[My Finds] Garage Sale

Last Saturday my friend and I ventured out to some local garage sales.   Our last sale  of the day was advertised as a multi-family garage sale but when we got there we realized it was one person with two garages FULL of stuff.  I felt like I was on American Pickers digging through the giant pile.  We came away with some great finds that I will share below.

I mention this because as I scrolled through today's Craigslist posts I noticed a post advertising a sale at the same place but this one was a bag sale, meaning you can fill up a garbage bag with as many items as you can and the total will be $5.  Knowing how much stuff we couldn't even get to when we were there on Saturday, I think this sale is worthwhile if you are in need of some items and like a good hunt.

Here are the three items I brought home from this location last Saturday:

I loved this storage bin the moment I saw it.  And I loved it even more once I figured out how it opens.  Do you think I've crammed enough stuff in there?  It replaced two old white, plastic storage containers (the kind with 3 drawers) I've had since college and I think this one looks a lot better sitting in our hallway.  It was $5 and I am very happy with my purchase.                                        

I paid $5 for this stool and I probably should have asked for a lower price but I was happy with the prices I got on my other two items so I didn't bother.  It's working well as an ottoman for now and it will be nice to have an extra seat around when we have guests.

I paid $3 for this metal filing cabinet.  I've been needing a place to hide my boyfriends law books so they don't permanently take over our dining room table.  This thing does the trick and I like all the different places I can hide things in it.  The bottom door doesn't stay shut so I am going to use a magnet to keep it closed.                            

I am happy with my finds from this garage sale and if you decide to check it out this evening I don't think you will regret it.  If nothing else, you can pretend you're on American Pickers (and if you haven't seen that show, I recommend it).

Here is the information from the Craigslist posting for tonight's sale:

Storage Unit Liquidation Tonight Only! - $5 (North Side)

I'm a storage auction buyer, and I have a whole garage full of stuff from 10 different storage units.
I haven't sorted through all of it, and I don't have time.

So, my loss is your gain.

This is a bag sale: I will give you a trash bag to fill up. You can fill it as full as you want with anything from the shop. The price? $5 per bag or 5 bags for $20.

What is in there?

-Old Cell Phones
-Model Cars
-Random electronics
-Clothes of all sorts
-Decorative items
-Books (about 20 boxes)
-Picture Frames

Who knows what else?! I haven't sorted through everything. There could be jewelry, there could be antiques, there could be collectibles. Fill up as many bags as you want!

I also have some stuff not included in the bag sale:

-Jewelry (including sterling silver rings!)
-Chairs ($5 each)
-Antique Bone China
-Furnitue (both modern and antique)

Where and when?

When: Wednesday, Jan 26th from 5PM to 9PM


And here is the link to the original ad where you can find the address: Storage Unit Liquidation.

Happy Hunting,

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

[Free] Tuesday's Find

As I mentioned in my previous post, I love the look of steelcase desks so when I saw this post for 3 free ones I got excited.  I emailed the poster asking for a picture because one was not included in the original post.  He was very prompt with his reply and here are two of the pictures I received:

I love them!  And if I had room in my apartment for one, I would grab it in a heartbeat but unfortunately I don't have room.  So here I am spreading the word about this great find in hopes that someone out there loves FREE steelcase desks as much as I do.

Here is the information from the original post:
3 Great, Refurbished Steelcase Desks 

I am closing my office downtown and I have 3 great, refurbished, repainted steelcase desks. They are yours if you can pick them up and take them away.

Office is on the corner of Sprague and Howard. 

Take a look at the original post and get the contact information here:  FREE Desks

If you end up getting one, two, or all three of these, please send me a picture of them in their new home!

Happy Hunting!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday's Finds

Our local Spokane Craigslist has been a bit slow the past few days and I was waiting to post until I had a few more outstanding finds but no luck, so here we are, the best of the not so great deals currently on Craigslist!

This is my favorite listing from the past few days.  I have been admiring bookends lately, especially horse head shaped ones and these still caught my eye even though they are clearly not horses.  At $20 they seem a bit expensive...but who knows, maybe they are made of gold.

Deer Bookends

The seller doesn't give anymore information but you can find the original post and contact information here:  Golden Deer.

I enjoy this style of desk and think this sellers price tag of $15 is reasonable.  If you have the room for it, I think it would look great in the right decor.

Office Desk

I have a desk for sale that measures 24" W X 54" L X 30" H, the table is in good condition for Office or Garage. 

Find the original post and purchase information here: Desk.

I love the Harry Potter books and I sometimes think I should have the complete series all together and organized but with all the book sharing that happened in my circle of friends each time a new Harry Potter book came out, I don't have the complete set in one place.  This seller is clearly more organized than me or didn't have HP fans as friends,  either way I think owning the whole series whole be a good investment.

Harry Potter Series

This is all 7 of the Harry Potter books. The first 3 are paper back and the other 4 are hard cover. They are all in good shape with shelf wear.

Find purchase information and the original post here:   Harry Potter Series.

Ever since seeing this post I have been trying to think of a fun project for these pool balls.  

Minnesota Fats Billiard Pool Balls Set and Rack

Minnesota Fats Pool Balls Set & Wood Rack. The 2-Ball had a chip out of it but it has been glued back and it rolls good & true and the rest are in very good condition.

See a picture of the 2-ball, the original post, and the purchase information here:  Pool Balls.

After some googling, it looks like the most common project that uses pool balls is making them into wine stoppers like this:

This one is sold for $25.95 at  Here is the link:  Vintage Pool Ball Wine Bottle Stopper.

People also make rings and paperweights out of them but that involves what appears to be pretty serious drilling skills.

But of course, you could buy this set and do whatever you want with them!

Happy Hunting,

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Saturday's Finds

Today, my friend and I ventured out into the community to check out some garage and estate sales.  We had a fun time and found some great deals which I promise to feature in the near future.  I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the garage sales as I was expecting the winter weather to shut them down completely.  If you weren't able to spend the day treasure hunting (or even if you were!), here are my favorite finds from the Spokane Craigslist:

I think this seller's cooler is really cool.  I wish I could think of an alternate use for it so I could put it in my apartment.
Vintage Thermos Metal Cooler

Still in great condition for its age. Vintage green metal siding, metal handles, metal locks and metal drain. Have seen others like it online for $35. 

Find original post and purchase information here: Cool Cooler.

I find this glassware to be really pretty and if you google "Noritake Spotlight Glassware" some other colors in this same style can be found for sale.  Maybe this could be the start of a beautiful new collection for someone.

Noritaki Spotlight Glassware

Very nice set,
Hardly used, and very decorative. 

Find purchase information and original post here: Glassware.

I can see some small child loving this:

Bouncy Horse

Nice spring horse. Works great. A little ware on the paint on the saddle part. Horse body is in great condition. Smaller bodied horse. 

Find original post and purchase information here: Bouncy Horse.

This has got to be one of the most popular styles of patio tables out there.  This one looks like it's in good condition and seems like it would be a good buy if you are in the market for one.

Metal and Glass Patio Table

Table in good shape.

Find original post and purchase information here: Patio Table.

As I have probably mentioned before, I have an interest in making things from scratch.  Although I don't cook very much, when I do I prefer to start from as close to scratch as reasonably possible.  That being said, making yogurt isn't something I have done before but this Craigslist posting has me wondering if I should give it a whirl.

Salton Yogurt Maker

Yogurt maker with instructions. Works perfectly. Sells for about $35.99 on Amazon.

Find original post and purchase information here: Yogurt Maker.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thursday's Finds

Today, Lu's List is back to the usual $20s and under budget with some fun finds.

Modern Clock

The seller says "Modern Clock, Bright Green Star Burst, very cool."

Find the original post and purchase information here: Clock.

I think starburst clocks can be a playful addition to a modern room.  Here is a photo of one used nicely from

I noticed some good deals on dishware sets on the Spokane Craigslist.  Here are my favorites:



Click on the wording below the pictures to be taken to the original post.

If you are in need of an electric juicer,  this Cuisinart one for $10 seems like a good deal.  The cheapest new one I could find was on Amazon for $30 after tax and can be seen here.

Cuisinart Citrus Juicer

Works great, very good condition.

Find original post and purchase information here:  Juicer.

Happy Hunting!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

[$25-35] Wednesday's Finds

Normally I limit my finds to $20 and under but this is a special edition post featuring some great finds between $25 and $35.  There are great listings in this price range and I encourage you to search around for yourself (and don't forget to share your wonderful finds with Lu's List).

I have liked Formica tables for as long as I can remember but they always seem to be so expensive but if you are in the market for one, this seller is looking to get rid of theirs for what seems like a reasonable price.

Formica Table

Vintage, very solid table! Reasonable wear and tear from being used (slight scratches on chrome...but no noticeable scratches on top), but overall in GREAT condition. No chairs or leaf additions included. On Ebay this table is over $100! Size is 29.5W x 41.5L x 29H.
Find purchase information and original post here: Formica Table.

I wonder if my landlord would let me put this in the would only take about 200 purchases until I made a profit.  But it seems like there are more dogs than kids in my building my missed opportunity could be your gain if you purchase this sellers gumball machine.

Gumball/Candy Vending Machine 

Antique style, seems to work fine.  Very sturdy.

Original post and purchase information can be found here:  Gumball Machine.

This lamp reminds me of the popular Arco Floor Lamp which can be viewed on the Design Within Reach website here.

Big Lamp

Big lamp with a marble base, it is a spider lamp with 5 extended lights. Very nice. 

See a picture of the base, the original post, and purchase information here:  Lamp.

I enjoy the strawberry motif (and the price) of this vintage cookware set.

Strawberry Kitchen

Strawberries n' cream stoneware dishes and cookware set for sale - cookware hardly used. 

The seller also mentions that they have a large collection of misc strawberry kitchen ware if buyers are interested.
See the original post and purchase information here: Strawberry Kitchen.

And just a note to let people know that I noticed a large amount of reasonably priced cribs on Craigslist the last few days.  So if you are in the market for one (congrats! and) maybe take a moment to search around on Craigslist.

Happy Hunting!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tuesday's Finds

Here is a sampling of my favorite listings from the Spokane Craigslist site within the last few days:

I smell fresh donuts when I look at this ad.

Bella Cucina Donut Maker

Brand new in the box.  Purchased from Macy's for $50, great deal at $20! 

This do-it-all donut maker from Bella Cucina lets you serve up homemade mini doughnuts in no time flat (or round)! Baked instead of deep fried, these delicious treats are a healthier choice whenever you crave something sweet.
* Makes 7 mini donuts
* Nonstick baking tray for easy cleanup
* Power and ready indicator lights 

See the original post and purchase information here:  Donut Maker.

I like the shape of this wine rack.  I also slightly enjoy being able to see the other items on their counter but that's probably just me. 

Wine Rack

Great little wine rack, holds 6 bottles. Made of wood. 

Find purchase information and the original post here:  Wine Rack.

Last but not least, matching coffee and end tables. The pictures aren't the best quality but I think I like the shape and that they seem like they would fit in with variety of decors.

Coffee Table with Matching End Table
$20 for both

Find purchase information and original post here:  Coffee and End Tables.

Happy Hunting, 

Monday, January 17, 2011

[My Finds] Orphaned Decor

When we first made the move to Spokane I had a fun time getting to know the area while hunting for items to furnish our new apartment.  During this time, I found some great local stores that I still frequent (see some of my favorites by clicking on my Local Resources page above).  

That being said, it is generally accepted as a fact in my circle of friends that I have the tiniest kitchen on earth.  We are hard-pressed to get two people in there at one time.  Between the dish rack, toaster, and microwave at least one thing had to be banished from our limited counter space. So the hunt began for a bargain to hold our microwave.

The result was this yellow rolling cart purchased from Orphaned Decor for only $12.  I love the color and it's worn appearance.

Putting this cart right outside of our kitchen has helped keep our counter clutter-free and gives us a bit more storage space for kitchen items.

Orphaned Decor is located on Hamilton and carries an array of vintage, new and previously adored home decor and furnishings.  Take a peek at their blog by clicking here.

My early city-wide bargain hunts gave me a general lay of the land here in Spokane which I continue to be thankful for.  

What are your favorite bargain hunting haunts?  I have more to share and would love to hear about yours!

Happy Hunting!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday's Finds

The Spokane Craigslist site has been producing some fun finds lately.  I encourage you to search around for something you are in need of, you might just be surprised at what you can find.  Here are some of my favorites from the past few days:

When I saw this little cutie listed on CL, I was surprised it was made by Radio Flyer.   What a fun variation on the classic.

Radio Flyer Inchworm

The seller says: "Radio Flyer ride on inchworm, excellent condition. Over $50 new."

See the original ad and purchase information here:  Inchworm.

My mom makes wonderful soups using an immersion blender like the one this seller is looking to get rid of.  Five dollars seems like a good deal if you are in the market for one:

Hand Blender

The seller says: "In its original box, works perfect!"

Original ad and purchase information can be found here:  Hand Blender.

Maybe it's that I enjoy the picture the seller posted or maybe it's that I think$10 is a pretty good deal for 5 strings of tiny lanterns, either way someone could add some pretty lights to their life with these:

Mini Chinese Lantern Twinkling Lights

"I am selling these mini Chinese lanterns that I used as soft lighting in my living room. I originally used them in my outdoor wedding and hung them in trees and they looked beautiful. I have 5 strings total. One of the strings has one little lantern lantern missing and a tiny piece of black tape on it but it is working fine. Each of them come with 10 little lanterns on the string. They are in good shape and just need a good home as we are moving and I have no use for them anymore."

Original ad and purchase information can be found here:  Lanterns.

Last, but not least is an unassuming looking dresser for $10.

Used Desk/Dresser

The seller says: "Greenish marble looking top desk/dresser. I.m only asking $10 because I need the space. Come pick it up!"

The original ad and the purchase information can be found here:  Dresser.

Happy Hunting!