Scarface’s Hand-me-Downs

August 7th, 2017

Won’t Rest Until I have a Green Headboard with Recessed Blacklights

I am getting ruthless with ridding myself of unwanted furniture. There are a number of items I never want to see again, and the thought of having the new house befouled by their presence–and paying for it–is a little too much for me.

Yesterday I took to Craigslist and looked at bedroom sets and dining tables. I found some very nice stuff. There was a considerable amount of cardboard and sawdust furniture worthy of IKEA, but there were a lot of pieces I would not be embarrassed to own. It looks like you can furnish a bedroom with tasteful furniture for $600 or so. I’ll post a couple of photos.

I can’t decorate, but I have some rudimentary clue as to what looks good and what belongs in a cathouse or frathouse. I think the things I found will work okay.

Just for fun, I decided to check Craigslist in Miami. This is not a classy town, so I figured I was in for some interesting viewing. My neighbors did not disappoint. Generally, the furniture was less tasteful, and some was downright bizarre. If you want to sell a purple entertainment center with white hardware, Miami is the place to be.

Take a look.

Lovely, right?

In the Ocala area, I found a very interesting bedroom set made by Berkey and Gay. The owner thinks it was made by Berkley and Gray. It has twin beds. I’m not sure what to make of it. The furniture itself looks pretty cool, and it has to be old, because the company went out of business a very long time ago. Here’s the problem: it has little pictures of fruit painted on it.

I don’t know if it came that way from the factory or what. Being a man, I am not sure whether the fruit paintings are acceptable. If they’re not, can the fruit be removed without ruining the patina?

Maybe it’s a little too antiquey. I can’t tell.

Sometimes a normal sexual orientation is a disadvantage.

I thought it would be a good thing to have in a spare bedroom, in case friends with kids visited. In the South, you can get away with a certain amount of antiques.

I found some dining tables that aren’t scary.

Here’s a bedroom I could live with.

I’m starting to think it might be possible to have a house that looks okay. That wasn’t in the original plan, but maybe I can pull it off.

7 Responses to “Scarface’s Hand-me-Downs”

  1. Cliff Says:

    Check out Nextdoor – it’s Facebook for neighborhoods.

    But people are polite as you have to use your real name.

    Good deals on used stuff too.


  2. Elizabeth Says:

    As for the antique twin beds, get them. The fruit is usually hand-painted, and kids don’t care anyway. Remember, you’re moving away from the craziness. Enjoy the normal.

  3. Steve H. Says:

    I think the twin set is neat, but perhaps too fruity in more ways than one.

  4. Elizabeth Says:

    Up to you. Have fun.

  5. Ruth H Says:

    I think the twin set is authentic and the painting is original to the set. Very pretty, but not sure I would want it. But as a guest room for kids it’s pretty neat. It will intimidate and they won’t be overly aggressive. Not that your friends would have that kind, anyway.

  6. Steve H. Says:

    I am no expert, but to me, the beds and the other stuff looked tasteful, if a bit feminine, and the price was $500, which seemed awfully cheap.

    One of my best friends has 4 girls. Maybe it would be good for them when they visit from Orlando.

  7. Steve H. Says:

    I found other Berkey & Gay items on Google with painted fruit.