My favorite rug find thus far: a 8 1/2' x 11 1/2' 1920's Sarouk. I payed $400, but I know that's a total steal.
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This 8'x10' isn't antique, but the colors are so rich and at $150, I couldn't pass it up.
I've bought 4 rugs off of craigslist in the last month or so. Our new house is almost all hardwoods, and I knew I couldn't afford new. Some of you wondered what I looked for. To be honest, I just had a "rug" alert and tried to keep an eye out for colors that I liked and/or a size I needed. Craigslist pictures are the most deceiving - I've had some things turn out to look much more beautiful in person and others left me wanting more.
I got this 8 1/2' x 11 1/2' for $60. I didnt know where it would go when I bought it, but I couldn't pass up the price.
But if you think it might be good and the price is right you must act fast. Get in touch with the seller and ask to see it in person. And, of course, think safely. Leave the kids at home, try to go with someone or meet in a public spot, and let a loved one know exactly when and where you're meeting, calling them when you're finished. Always negotiate. Don't pay full price unless you know it's a really insane deal. I usually start off with "is this the best price you can do?" and I only take the amount of cash with me that I'd be willing to pay.
This Capel is only a 6x9, but it's an inch thick and the softest thing I've ever stepped foot on. The unique pattern and $80 price tag were a no brainer.
So, what am I searching for now? A marble coffee table, to be specific. I did have "coffee table" in my alerts, but the overflow of particleboard, oak colored monstrosities was just too much for me.
What are you looking for on craigslist these days? Any other craigslist tips?