Secondhand Schoenhut baby grand piano

As I was searching Kijiji for a storage bench for our hallway last week, one of the ads to show up in my search was this tiny toddler grand piano [and subsequent tiny toddler grand piano ‘bench’, which is how it showed up in my search]. I had to have it … for Cora. I showed Robert its picture and within 15 minutes I was arranging to collect it from the seller.

It was advertised for $40 on Kijiji as some of the legs on the bench were wobbily and the seller explained they were unable to fix it for years. Challenge accepted. I took the piano as is and 5 minutes after bringing it home I fixed both wobbily legs [I wrapped the screws on each leg with a bit of masking tape and screwed them back into the bench. The screw and socket (?) seal had just become loose over the years]. I leaned back and allowed the smugness to wash over me and I bathed in it for several minutes.

I’ve tried finding this ‘Schylling’ piano online but the closest thing I’ve found was this Schoenhut Baby Grand Piano online from Target [I can audibly hear Canadian’s weeping] for $169.38. It’s a surprisingly solid piano made entirely of wood – no cheapy plastic parts.

It has the sweetest little chime sound to it and Cora is already a huge fan. Unlike our poor neighbours. If you’d like to see our new-to-us baby grand piano in action, check it out in my saved stories on Instagram under ‘Thrifted’ [only viewable via the app]. It’s amazing and perfect and I can’t wait to put it in Cora’s room once it gets more organised.

Do you have a favourite secondhand piece you found recently for a sweet deal? That’s my favourite thing about finding excellent things secondhand; how much cheaper they are than brand new and I feel almost no guilt when buying them.


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  1. March 7, 2018 / 22:51

    Holy Crap, that is the cutest thing I have seen in a long time.
    Crazy how much it would be new!

    Let the smugness wash over you! Most people would not have taken the time to even try.

    • March 22, 2018 / 12:47

      Oh it is the sweetest and it doesn’t drive me insane, which is kind of a big deal. Except when Cora occasionally smashes her toys on the keys. I could do with a bit less of that!

      And I can’t believe how easy it was to fix (even though my fixing isn’t a very permanent solution).

  2. March 23, 2018 / 11:20

    That is such a great and unexpected find!! The sort of thing you didn’t know you needed until you stumbled across it trying to find something else! I loved your recent stories where you’re talking and Cora is playing the piano in the background!!
    The black looks so good with the wall colour too! (Of course! This isn’t your first rodeo!!) xxx