I bought a really junky French provincial desk on Craigslist for $100. It wasn't worth $100 but I am no good at haggling. I am afraid to offend people so I just pay what they are asking.
I never take "Before" photos, maybe because I think I will jinx myself, I dunno. I get too caught up in my vision and I get tunnel vision until I am finsished with a piece. Then I think to myself "you should have taken a photograph first!" Always too late! It kinda defeats the purpose of revamping, though, if you don't know what it looked like in the first place!
Please note* every last item on this desk was purchased from ebay and Craigslist, except for the pheasant feathers which I picked up on a walk by the lake last spring!