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Amazing Bargain!

I find my furniture anyplace I can – Goodwill, yard sales, friends….occasionally the side of the road …… and sometimes Craig’s List. 

But Craig’s List is always a gamble for me.  People can be a bit flakey inLos Angeles (have you heard?) and I always have to weigh the pros and cons of dealing with traffic and parking vs the potential of a new piece. 

The other day I came across an unassuming post that showed two end tables for $15 each.  I decided to give it a shot,  drove out to Encino and walked into End Table Nirvana (hereinafter referred to as ETN)

ETN was presided over by a charming woman who, for reasons I’m not clear on, had a huge room in her apartment building filled with random furniture.  There were far more than the two tables she’d put in the ad and she seemed kind of stunned when I said I’d take all of them (“you must have a lot of sofas” she said suspiciously).    But somehow, in the course of things, the price came down, she tossed in one for free and I ended up with these six beauties for……wait for it……..



I can’t wait to get to work!

About cheltenhamroad

I’ve been surrounded by amazingly creative people my whole life. My mom can, and does, make anything. The family has on occasion speculated that she just whipped up my dad one day when she discovered some left over fabric and stuffing. My three sisters have mad skills ranging from needlework to cooking to out and out ART. My father’s desk when I was growing up had a model train set going around it, oh, and he made that desk-from scratch. I’m the youngest and, as you can imagine, it’s a hard series of acts to follow. Truth be told, I’ve spent many, many years suppressing the creative instincts I learned at home. But I realized (rather late in life) that few things bring me more joy than making and creating. For the longest time when I went to stores I didn’t think, “I want that” I thought, “I can make that.” And, with a deep breath and a leap, I’ve started on a very new, kinda scary path. I’ve given up my steady, dependable (dull!) corporate life to spend my days happily humming away in my garage designing, creating, painting, decoupaging and sawing and, since this blog will be an honest take on things, there is also a fair amount of tripping, spilling and swearing. Through this blog I hope to share with you the struggles and (hopefully) triumphs of a very non-businessy business person. I also hope to make this blog a resource for people who like to work with their hands and who are, like me, always looking at things and thinking “I could make that!” I’ve lived many places since I left Cheltenham Road; I currently live in Los Angeles California. So, with this preamble- Welcome to Cheltenham Road! Please come on over and make yourself comfortable – the place is always open.

9 responses »

  1. Hey, just found your blog and “subscribed” . Best of luck to you in blogland!

  2. Congratulations on hitting ETN! I would love to get my hands on #4!

    Found you through Mod Podge Rocks!

  3. Came over from Mod Podge Rocks. Since you are from Ohio I decided you must be ok. 😉
    Love your story about the tables and look forward to what you do with them. Best of Luck from Dayton, OH!

  4. Wow nice deal! Haven’t been lucky on craigslist yet

  5. Jenniffer Dorsett

    I came over here from Mod Podge Rocks and am in love with your work! You really made out with those end tables and I can’t wait to see what you do with them.

  6. Thank you all very much for your kind comments and for checking out the blog. Mod Podge Rocks does, in fact rock! Yes, Jennwith4, Craigslist is more miss than hit most of the time for me too.

  7. Another one from MPR:). Awesome finds and love your blog!

  8. Nice – I can’t believe you got all those tables for 50 bucks!
    I found you through Funky Junk Interiors.( I think it’s always nice to know how folks find ya!)

    Like your style! – I’ll be back!
    Therese @

  9. Pingback: Preparations Continue « cheltenhamroad

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