It has been almost two months since my last update and there is a lot to catch up on. But one of the most exciting developments is also the most recent: I finally found a buffet for the dining room.
Whether there was originally a built-in buffet in the dining room, I haven’t been able to determine for sure. But I’ve felt for a long time that there ought to be a buffet on the dining room wall between the doors to the kitchen and upstairs. Now that space is filled.
I found this antique oak buffet on Craigslist, and picked it up just a few miles south of the city. It isn’t in perfect condition, but the finish looks original and it is a great match for the house. The price was very reasonable, too– an absolute necessity considering how hard my kids have been on the furniture lately.
A Craigslist Tip
Did you know that you can subscribe to your favorite Craigslist searches in your blog feed reader? That’s how I found my buffet.
Just enter your search criteria in Craigslist, then scroll down to the bottom of the results page. In the lower right corner you will find an RSS link. Right-click the link and then select “copy link address” from the pop-up menu. Then open your feed reader (I use Google Reader) and paste that link address as a new subscription.
Now, whenever new items matching your search are added to your local Craigslist site, you’ll get notified in your feed reader.
I find that this technique saves me time by showing me only the content I want to see, and it helps me respond quickly after items are listed.