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The Joys of Craigslist and the deceit of Ikea

by jrwarfield

So my company has cut some of our hours until business picks up which means that I have had a little bit more time at home. Yesterday, I got almost a half day off, so I had a few errands to run.  There was  a framed art piece at Ikea that I wanted, and wanted to make sure that it wouldn’t be discontinued.This is Ikea’s habit with us. We drool over something, and as soon as we can afford, have room for it, or need it, it is gone. We search craigslist,and most of the time we can’t find it. A great example is the Arild couch that we want.

This is the couch that we want,but it isn’t sold at Ikea and when we went to go buy it because we had an apartment, no couch to be seen. We are looking at a few others that Ikea has,but nothing will compare to the one above. We have searched craigslist to no avail. So, lately there has been this table we have been eying. I was at Ikea with a friend last week, and I even showed it to her. It is perfect, the industrial, modern look we want with a very durable and functional parts. A table that will last us a while. We go there yesterday during my time off, and it is gone!!!! None in stock in any stores in Texas, no display models to buy… Gone! So, we get home pretty depressed because the couch we were eying instead of the one above wasn’t exactly as we were expecting, then the table is gone.  We search craigslist, and there is one! We contact the seller they are moving to new york, and we drive 45 minutes to get it.

Here is our current table which we will be selling now. There is nothing wrong with it, but lately we have been participating in “supper for six” with our church and it is really ghetto to have four at this table and have two at a folding table that they brought since we don’t have one of those either. So, the torsby table at Ikea is $199 + tax. The craigslist posting was for $150 with 6 chairs. The chairs would have been our problem too. We would have the table without any chairs that fit with it. The chairs they had weren’t our favorite,but they sell for $70 a piece at Ikea which we think is crazy,but now we have six and they all match so I am not complaining.

Of course it was raining when we picked everything up in Grant’s truck, so here you can see me cleaning off the chairs.

Here you can see the table in our dining room, not the most space ever,but for now it works fine.

I am VERY happy with the table, and I will be painting the chairs soon so that they look  more to our style. We were totally happy with craigslist, and wish that Ikea would send out notices when items will be discontinued especially since this might stimulate purchases from people like us that were holding off. Oh well, more pictures to come once the chairs our painted, and my new art is hung!

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8 comments

Andrew Campbell January 5, 2011 - 8:48 am

Love the table. Hope you find your couch.

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Kira January 5, 2011 - 6:39 pm

I really like the table. Looks like it could be from restoration hardware. Don’t think the chairs look bad at all. Kind of like the light color.

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gswarfield January 5, 2011 - 6:47 pm

Just wait until you see what Jessica did with the chairs. hahaha

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jrwarfield January 5, 2011 - 7:56 pm

I didn’t know anyone even read our blog, we don’t have kids…. I think the green of the glass and the natural looks good together,but a little bit too beachy for us… so I made some changes, you will see soon ;p

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sdroznovsky January 10, 2011 - 1:06 pm

I love Craigslist. I found my LazyBoy recliners (2) and my LazyBoy Sofabed on there! Great job! I like the chaair color too, but will be excited to see what you have done with them Jessica!!!

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Lady Lisa April 19, 2011 - 4:17 pm

Wow…found your blog because I was also searching for the great Arild sofa in white!! You said it best about Ikea…they will entice you with an item that costs just enough that you can’t buy it right away and then it disappears when the cash appears! By the way, I am in Los Angeles and have checked all over the West coast and Texas to no avail. Good luck on your Arild search!

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jrwarfield May 1, 2011 - 5:12 pm

I completely agree with your comments! I hope you find an Arild for yourself as well. That is surprising that Natuzzi makes them, maybe they have a similar version then! Thanks for the information!

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Lady Lisa April 19, 2011 - 4:38 pm

Just found this old posting (Sept. 2006) on Ikeafans.com. elineli wrote: I’ve had 2 of the ARILD sofas for about 2 weeks and I’m happy to report I’m very pleased with them. At first I wasn’t much sure about the pebbly leather but now I seem to like it better. It looks hard wearing which certainly will come handy with a cat and kids in the house.
By the way the labels underneath the sofas read something like: “made in China by Natuzzi Group”

I am going to check out Natuzzi…will forward any info.

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