It’s so mind boggling when I add it all up. I actually sat down and tallied up all of the things we have found on Craigslist this past year along with the final amount that we’ve spent. Are you ready for it?!
Media Cabinet $50
Antique Fireplace Mantel $100
Coffee Table $50
Dining Room Chairs $20 each
Living Room Bookcase $140
Entryway Bench $35Pottery Barn Dining Room Table $250
Little Girl Bedroom Ikea Light $20
Pottery Barn Office Desk $180
Foyer Table $75
Foyer Mirror and Dresser $150
Dining Room Chandelier $20
Total: $1,190 That’s a TON of stuff for that price!
And a lot of the rest of our furnishings came from Goodwill.
There are definitely tricks to scoring the perfect finds on Craigslist though.
1. Search often.
2. Sign up for alerts.
If you’re looking for a very specific piece, you can save your search as an alert and be notified when it is added to the classifieds.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t bother with listings that don’t have a photo of the item. Setting my search to gallery view makes it so much easier to see what I’m looking for.
9. Win the seller’s favor.
Initially, send an e-mail to the seller asking if the item is available along with a tone indicating that you are eager to buy it.
I learned this trick by selling my own items on Craigslist. Sifting through a ton of e-mails is a hassle when you just want the hunk-a-junk item you have no use for out of your house. If someone has a million questions or wants to haggle with me on that initial e-mail, it’s an immediate turn-off. I’ll pick the buyer out of the pack that’s easiest to work with every time.
18. Above all, stay safe.