Rancho Fantastico!

More fun at the antique stores!

Earlier this week I saw a lovely yellow/gold couch and loveseat set on Craigslist, at one of our favorite antique stores, priced very reasonably. We zipped over there after work and checked them out, found them to be in like-new condition (thank goodness for little old ladies who kept their furniture covered back in the day) and decided to buy them. We loaded them up in the van.

Photo: Just in.. Vintage 1960's brocade sofa $sold
Vintage brocade love seat  $sold

Our new couches on display at St Johns Vintage

Unfortunately Dave had spent the day before working out in the yard getting ready for the new fence, and tweaked his back, so loading them up in the van was about all he had left. We left them in the van for a few days, taking them on a tour around town as I did my errands. This weekend we finally got up the umph to go for it, and haul out the old couches. Unfortunately they had to go to the dump because nobody wants a used couch – at least not if it has any cat scratches on the ends. Seems like such a waste! But none of the thrift stores we tried would take them, so to the dump they went. In went the new couches. Then we headed off to the antique stores to look for some end tables and find something for the dogs to sit up on and look out the windows.

We not only found a nice end table, but we found a lamp we liked at the same store as the sofas, and then were browsing the ads at Modern Pink, and spotted another identical lamp in the background of on of their pictures! So off we went to snatch that lamp up. Now we had a set of lamps! It’s really tricky to find a pair of matching vintage lamps! And the wood on them matches the wood on the swag lamp we already have.

Then we went on a tour of Hawthorn antique stores and swung by Vintage Pink (Modern Pink’s sister store), and found a little sofa/chair thing, which probably used to be the corner piece in a sectional, but it’s close to the same color as our new sofas, and the perfect size for the dogs to jump up on and sit to look out the window.

Then we swung by a thrift store in Oregon City for one more goodie we saw in a CL ad, and picked up a console stereo with the same 60’s lines we were collecting in the rest of the house. It’s perfect for our cable box and XBox to sit on, and hides the mess of cords behind them. We got it home and tested it out, and it even worked!



Put it all together…



Love it! And the total cost – less than a single new couch from a furniture store! Now the room feels really open. It seems bigger without the oversized modern couches. We also got rid of the coffee table, so the room is open for the dogs to play and wrestle.


Since we were on such a roll, we also picked up this little corner table up off of CL. A little more storage in the kitchen, and room for the microwave (sorry dogs, no more watching the microwave go round and round).


We had to angle the table fit the new corner table.

We have been having so much fun finding goodies for the house, and it has been so inexpensive! It’s fantastic to be able to fill the house and spend so little money overall. We love the style of the 60s, since it’s what we grew up with. I feel like it has made our home feel so ‘homey’ in a hurry.

When we were at one of the antique stores, the guy said it was great my husband and I had the same taste in furniture, we were just having a blast picking stuff out. He said we would not believe the bickering he listens to sometimes when folks can’t agree! Luckily we haven’t had that problem – yet – anyway! Mostly we’re just having so much fun picking out stuff to make our home look the way we want it to look, with a specific style, instead of the mish-mash of hand-me-downs and put-together furniture we’ve always had.


3 thoughts on “Rancho Fantastico!

  1. lol! Your living room reminds me of my grandmother's living room when I was growing up.
    How fun that you even found that doggy mini sofa and it matches your new vintage sofas so well.

    What are you two going to do once you have all of the furniture and decor for the house? lol!



  2. Next step – the backyard! This week we got a new fence put up, today the guys are coming to install a carport for our Airstream trailer (it's old and has leaks, so it needs to be under cover), and then we can start on the fun stuff back there. Just this week we realized there is not a single bush in the backyard – no rodies, hydrangeas, nothing! We'll be fixing that!


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