New To You: Great Used Finds in the Chicago Area

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I’m trying to be as diverse as possible in the locations I profile for New to You. This week, let’s take a trip to the midwest for some great used finds from Chicago:

1. Antique Mahogany Carved Mirror


I know I’m going to be yelled at by the wood purists out there who believe that great-looking wood should not be altered, but all I could think of when I saw this mirror is how great it would look painted white. As it is now, the mirror is very traditional, with ornate carvings at top and bottom. In white, it would be instantly updated and lend a sophisticated feel to a modern room with a bold wall color. I’m also envisioning some sort of glass etching. Of course, this is one of those pieces you want to have appraised before you touch it, because we definitely don’t want to ruin a valuable piece.

  • Price: Asking $85
  • Location: Chicago/Morton Grove

2. 3-piece Convertible Nursery Set


Anyone who has had a baby in recent years or who is currently pregnant knows how expensive it can be to deck out a whole nursery. There’s a crib and matress to think about, along with storage furniture for all the new stuff that inevitably comes along with a baby. It can be daunting to imagine how you’ll afford it. This set includes not just the crib, but a changing table with storage and an armoire. I’m personally not a huge fan of the cherry wood tones, but the set would look great in a nursery for a boy or a girl. Note: Before buying a used crib, always check that it meets current crib safety regulations. For example, there are rules about the maximum space between crib rails. Safety first!

3. Gossamer Designs Bubble Lamp


I did what I could to find some background information on this lamp, but I couldn’t find much. Based on the sticker, it is clearly a Gossamer Designs lamp. The seller believes it may be a George Nelson design. Nelson did design a bubble lamp for Gossamer in 1952, though I was unable to find a photo of it. However, it does bear a close resemblence to some of Nelson’s other bubble lamps. I would definitely try to authenticate this before buying, but $100 is a still a great price. This similar Nelson lamp clocks in at 4 figures.

4. Mid-century Illums Bolighus Tea Cart


I’m not much of a hostess and my husband and I don’t do a whole lot of entertaining, but I know a great piece of furniture when I see it. This tea cart by Illums Bolighus of Denmark screams mid-century modern, with tapered legs, wheels and a medium brown finish. If you have a smallish kitchen, a tes cart could be a great solution for extra counter space. They were designed, however, to be used for entertaining, allowing you to move the cart around the room to your guests. The top tray also lifts off, so you can still be mobile even if you don’t want to push the tray around. I would use this piece as is, because I like the wood finish, but I can see how easy it would be to personalize it in a few vibrant paint colors.

5. Murphy wall bed


If you’re like many people I know, there’s at least one bedroom in your home that has to serve multiple functions. Maybe it is an office/guest room, or a playroom/bedroom. In any case, it can be hard to combine several functions into a small space. I’ve always loved the idea of a Murphy bed, but it’s not often I find one that A) is affordable or B) that I actually like. This design is minimal and clean, both of which I think are important. A Murphy bed is a substantial piece of furniture, but you don’t want it to be the center of attention when it’s not in use. Considering that new Murphy beds often start in the $1000s, this isn’t a bad deal.

That’s it for my fabulous finds in Chicago. What city would you like to see featured next week? Leave your suggestions in the comments below! And don’t forget to check out the Green Your Decor Tumblr page for some link love, including green giveaways, DIY projects, videos and more.

NOTE: Green Your Decor makes no claims about the condition of the furniture posted above, nor can we verify whether each individual piece is still available for sale. The nature of used pieces is that they are one-of-a-kind, so if you are interested, you will have to contact the seller directly via Craigslist.

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