Allow me to introduce you to my best buddy, Craig. He and I go a long way back. Well, at least all the way back to when our little family moved into our new, empty house 3 years ago.
But Mr. Craig and I are tight because the hubby and I would probably still be very furniture-less without him.
So it only seems right for me to pass on the GREATEST knowledge to beautifying your home on the cheap- 18 Craigslist shopping tips that will completely rock your world…
(Every single photo of our home in this post is of the furniture we’ve purchased from Craigslist, but I’ll give you the full tally of our scores at the end.)
1. Search Often
When we first moved into our house and had only 3 pieces of furniture, I made it my job to search on Craigslist every evening.
It sometimes takes weeks or even months for that perfect piece to come along, but by searching every day, you can be the first to snatch it up and snag an awesome it was only $50!took me 6 months to find the perfect coffee table but it was worth it. And
2. Sign up for alerts.
If you’re looking for a very specific item, you can save your search as an alert and be notified when it is added to the classifieds to get first dibs. The best deals are usually gone within minutes!
4. Use Gallery View and Select Image Only.
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.
If you’re going to be a few minutes late, let them know. I’m a firm believer in what goes around, comes around. I’ll do my part to make someone’s day a little better by being proactive.
Antique Fireplace Mantel $100
Coffee Table $50
Dining Room Chairs $20 each
Living Room Bookcase $140
Entryway Bench $35
Pottery Barn Office Desk $180
Foyer Table $50
Mirror and Dresser $150
Dining Room Chandelier $20