November 14, 2012

Wicker Peacock Headboards

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I can't tell you how many requests I get for information on my wicker headboard. Well, I could, but it might get boring. Because I get a lot. 

What's so funny is that I picked it up at an estate sale for $2.50. It was outside near the trash bins, carelessly tossed against a withering fence. It didn't have a price tag but I expected it would be in the neighborhood of $50 or so. When the estate sale lady told me "$2.50" I almost passed out. Well, first I almost passed out because I thought she said "$250" and that would have been a little ridiculous. Then, when I clarified that it was in fact two dollars and fifty cents, my heart skipped a little beat and I almost passed out again. You know that rush you get when you know you've found something too good to be true and you don't want anyone to know about it for fear that they might discover they've made a terrible mistake and when they do they are going to take it away from you? Geez! That sounds like a crazy person talking when I actually put words to paper! But, I know you know what I'm talking about. Needless to say, I snatched up that headboard so fast even though I wasn't even sure how I was going to use it. It was a twin size and we had a queen bed. Fortunately, I'm not much for design rules and I used it anyway. 

Apparently houzz readers aren't much for design rules either, as this photo has been added to over 13,000 ideabooks. Amazing. It really blows my mind.

Anyway, being that I get so many inquires about this headboard, it seemed a good blog post subject. (My apologies if you weren't interested in my headboard story, but I think "the hunt" may very well be the best part of shopping and decorating.)

Here's the wicker headboard shopping low-down:
  • Estate sales and garage sales are your best bet for cheap prices. Your chances of finding one of these babies is probably pretty slim, but not hopeless. You might be searching for awhile, so if you want that headboard right now, maybe not your best option. You can probably expect to pay $5 - $50. Or maybe you'll get really lucky and score one for free.
  • Craigslist is a good alternate choice, and often overlaps with estate sales and garage sales. Many times you can peruse through photo galleries before even heading to a sale. Occasionally you might spy a photo with headboard that wasn't highlighted in the sale posting. You can also search "wicker headboard" in the craigslist search bar. Most likely you will spend somewhere between $5 - $100. Or, again, you might find one for free.

current craigslist post near Scranton, PA
  • eBay is another good option. At any given time there are a handful of these headboards for sale for about $100 -$200. Not sure about shipping. That varies from vendor to vendor. Your best bet is to find something local that you can pick up.
  • Etsy also has some headboards. Prices are about the same as eBay. Here's a pair for $175.

from Etsy seller avintagerevolution
  • The Family Love Tree has an amazingly array of rattan peacock headboards in beautiful colors. These are new, made in Indonesia, and yes, they are 2 to 3 times more than what you would find through any of the above resources. If you aren't on a tight budget, these are a great option.
Do you have any other secret shopping sources? Have you decorated with a peacock headboard in your own home? If so feel free to post a pic on my facebook page or leave as a comment on houzz. Thanks!

(On another note, if you're curious about the difference between wicker and rattan, read this.)

6 comments:

  1. Hi Kelly,
    I had a set of twin headboards just like that growing up in the 1970's. They were probably from World Bazaar in the local mall. When I first saw your photo, I totally had a flashback :) Love that room - not surprised it's been sooo popular!
    xo

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  2. Your bedroom is so pretty, and the peacock headboard is such a statement piece :-) I'd say to watch what the neighbours put out on garbage day - I got a dresser & high boy for free that way!

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  3. Such a great headboard! Most of the favorite things in my home have come from thrift stores and they are the ones I get the most compliments on. I literally get the shakes when I run across that rare something that I know will be in house a long time! Architectural salvage places can be fun too. I got a set of old bowling lockers at one.

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  4. Hi Kelly,

    I love your designs! Can you please tell me the color name/number of the paint on this wall??

    Thank you!

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