Window Shopping:: Craigslist For Dining Tables

This week I’ve been talking about dining tables because the holidays are coming up quickly, and entertaining is on my mind.  While downsizing is the best thing we ever did, going from being able to seat over 20, to having table space for only 6 has been frustrating for a family that loves to cook and entertain.  We can do without the formal dining room, we can give up square footage, but we need to be able to share a meal with friends and family at our table!
Don’t get me wrong – I am so incredibly grateful for this abode – but I want to maximize our space and make it work for our lifestyle.
Since this will be the only dining table in our house, we want something that will accommodate our family of five on a daily basis, and can extend to a massive size when we entertain.  Our dining room and living room are open to each other, so ideally we’ll find an extension table that extends up to 120″+ (10 feet).  
{Yes!  I am slowly making progress on the LR.  Do you like my new throw?  It’s really the doggy duvet I posted about last week, pretending to be a throw.   How about that sweet little boy all wrapped up in a fleecy red bathrobe???  Thank you Lord, that he’s not too cool to still wear that thing!  I just want to take a bite out of him, I love him so.}
I’m finding that the need for the extensions is making my perfect table difficult to find, and the ones I do find are – shall we say – a bit out of my price range.
So far I’ve explored some fine furniture stores and made a visit to the Restoration Hardware outlet, and looked into custom built tables.
You could spend a small fortune on a dining table!  However, if you’re like me and don’t have a small fortune to spend – 
Craigslist to the rescue!!!
Check out these beauties.

This 84″ solid wood harvest table is $400 in Amhert, New Hampshire.  Isn’t the color and grain of the wood top so pretty?

$1500 is pricy for Craigslist but consider that this table is custom made out of solid wood and is very large at 108″.  It would make such a great family table if you had the room!

In Connecticut, this beautiful new antique reproduction solid oak farm table, is $800.  It’s 110″ – over 9 feet long!

Okay – time to use your imagination!  This solid oak double pedestal table extends to probably about 100″ with those leaves.  This is a great makeover candidate!  $150 in Rhode Island.  
This is a similar double pedestal with leaf that’s already had a makover.  The color isn’t for me, but it’s pretty, plus the table is nice and solid.  $275 in Rhode Island.
Another one for your imagination – this one is only $50 and made of solid wood!! It extends to 92″ which is little smaller than I want, but I think this table could be a beauty for someone.
It reminds me of my living room coffee table which everyone always comments on.  Can you imagine this table above with black legs, a darker stained top, and white slipcovered parsons chairs around it????
For $650, this solid table and two benches would be great for a family with kiddos.  However, I’m not fond of the pine knots that bleed through the wood…..gotta get some Kilz on that baby right quick!

This 10 feet long table, at $1400 is expensive for Craigslist, but it’s a lot cheaper than yesterday’s custom made alternatives!

This one above reminds me of a Pottery Barn table….

{Pottery Barn}

Let’s end with my favorite. 

This 94″ long table from Vermont is $550.
Just look at that gorgeous table top!

If you have a little imagination, are willing to spend the time searching for and then figuring out transportation for your finds, there are certainly beautiful pieces of furniture to be found on Craigslist.

If you’ve bought on Craigslist, what’s your favorite purchase?

I hope all our New Jersey and New York neighbors get their power back and can start to get their lives back in order.  My heart has gone out to them with their ongoing struggles since Sandy almost two weeks ago.  Yet another reminder to appreciate what we have, while we have it!

Wishing you a happy weekend with sunshine and autumn comfort food and laughter!