DH has been looking on craigslist for a desk for quite some time. His criteria was something quality, under $200 and something very nearby so he didn't have to drive too far to get it. I've had the money set aside, because I knew eventually he'd find something. This is what he found:
But, other than that this is a very quality cherry wood executive desk unit. The guy said it cost over $5000 when purchased new 10 years ago. I believe it. Dh offered him $150 and they agreed on $175. DH only used $100 of "my" money, as he had $75 from his monthly "allowances" he hadn't used yet. Plus, it came with the floor mat, which we need, so at least another $30 saved there.
Dd and I cleaned it up as best as possible and I'm going to work on repairing the scratches with some crayons or repair kit and then re-polish it. Eventually I think it would be worth it to have it totally refinished, since it's such a nice quality piece of furniture and the wood is beautiful. I'm not sure refinishing it is something I know how to do, but I think it would be worth it to pay to have it done at some point.
Aside from it being freaking HUGE, I am pleased with it. DH is going to have to do some major changes in the family room to get this to fit, but maybe we'll finally get rid of some excess stuff that currently resides in this room that is never used and taking up space (like DS's weight bench he never uses, an old oak entertainment center no one wants and a small hide-a-bed couch I hate). It's a pretty large room, 14x20, but my good sized desk is already in one corner of the room.