Jun 15, 2012

Mid Century Kijiji

I'm a big fan of second hand all-things-home.  When I lived in Vancouver, there was a high probability of finding mid century lust-worthy items on Craigslist. The general rule of thumb there is to not peruse if you're not in the market to buy. Because you'll undoubtedly buy. 

Calgary is a different story.  In 2 years, scanning Kijiji on a daily basis (for some reason it's the cool buy/sell site here in Alberta), all I've bought is a globe-of-the-world lamp (Scroll down to corner cabinet).  The selection is fair at best and exorbitantly overpriced. 

Yet, nearly the whole city was built post 1947. There was buckets of money here in the 50s-late 60s.  SO WHERE IS THE MID CENTURY FURNITURE?

I have a theory that a city built on new, continues to crave only new.  Infills and shiny new cars are rampant here.  Should I be looking in the dump? I'm starting to think that's where it ends up. 

Anyways, I thought I would share my pain with readers, since I'm inundated with posts/tweets/etc on daily cheap finds on Craigslist seemingly everywhere except for here*

Kijij Calgary:
This unit is lovely - I own one myself.  But I certainly didn't pay $2500 for it.  (it's been on the site for months)
8 of these for $250.  I grew up with something similar in the '70s - maybe there was avocado coloured fruit, I don't know - but $250??



1960s Warming Cart. This is actually priced at $1250. I think you can buy a stove for under that. 
This is a 2 for 1.  $750 for a pair of one of a kind leather horse chairs. Yeehaw!

Brass Shelf - $750!!!!!  Sure, brass/gold is hot right now but come on.... (although, it does have some nice lines)

Imagine this painted matte gun metal grey.  Not bad, right? If it was $50 not $350.... 

Ok, this one is a good deal - $350 for all six chairs and the table.  Kind of Brutalist inspired, which I'm a total sucker for. 
Now, check out this post from Edmonton, which is always more hopeful. 


I adore this couch so much - it's stunning.  They are asking $1000 for it.  If it was lower, I would consider driving up in a heartbeat. 
So there's a snippet of Kijiji life in Cowtown.  I'd love to hear if any readers know any secret spots for MCM or other readers experience with Craigslist in their community.  

LP


*This post is just focused on the Kijiji mid century market in Calgary.  I would have no problem with these prices in second hand/antique stores

3 comments:

Gord McCord said...

Hot stuff, and good finds. Yeah, some people list their Kijiji furniture at way more than it should be -- but they do that with most categories. I've found people are reasonable to bargain with, as long as you don't insult them right off the bat with an obscenely lowball offer.

OH MY MOD said...

That is a ridiculous price for the warming cart! We have that exact piece in our kitchen (sans the warming unit) and use it as a rolling bar. There is actually another one just like it for sale here on craigslist for $60, and it has the warming unit still.

We love ours and it looks fantastic setup with our Scotch, Dorothy Thorpe roly poly glasses and other accessories, but I can't believe anyone would ask that much for one!

Enjoying your blog btw! We've been doing the same in our part of the world.

Haley Taylor said...

That dining set is broyhill Brasilia and worth at LEAST $1,000 in even halfway decent condition. There's your awesome find! It's probably the most popular and well loved American mid century designs. Just because you don't recognize it doesn't mean amazing stuffs not there!

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