It’s no secret that I am a Craigslist addict.  I willfully admit it.  We’ve furnished much of our house with purchases made through the site, and in fact, we even found our house on Craigslist.  You’ll recall that a few weeks ago I scored an amazing 1917 quarter-sawn oak roll-top desk, and this week I found another amazing deal on Portland Craigslist.  This time it was a beautiful quarter-sawn oak L. & J.G. Stickley cabinet!

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I too was a little suspicious of it when I first saw the listing (and the price!), but it had all of the obligatory Stickley markings – including the Stickley logo burned into the inside of the drawer, along with the circular Stickley badge and the “Important Instructions” label regarding how to maintain the finish.

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The bottom side of the drawer (below) is marked with “89-1026” which corresponds to the Stickley catalog number for this piece, and the “#38” represents the Limestone finish in oak.  The Limestone finish is considerably lighter than the “Onondaga finish” that’s pictured in the catalog.  There are also a couple bar code stickers from the factory and the manufacture date is noted as “Nov 24, 1998”.

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I didn’t necessarily need this cabinet, but when you see any Stickley piece of furniture for sale for only $75, you absolutely have to pounce on it…AND QUICK!!  Out of curiosity, I called up one of the local Stickley authorized dealers here in Portland to find out how much this cabinet costs new, and he told me that the suggested retail price is $1500.  Granted, this one is 15 years old, but it’s in great condition, and as we all know, Stickley furniture retains its value very well over the years.  So it’s safe to say that this was a pretty amazing deal.  We’re looking forward to enjoying it for decades to come!  Thanks again Craigslist!!

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Here is a picture of the cabinet from the Stickley catalog (above left).

Do you have any stories of great craigslist finds?  Or maybe you found something awesome at a garage or estate sale?  I’d love to hear your stories – leave a comment below or hit me up on Facebook !

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