If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ve seen some of my recent craigslist finds. I’ve had quite a few people comment things like “I don’t ever find anything like that.” “Where are you getting this stuff?” “What search words are you using?” So I thought I would take today to answer just that.
Truth be told, I’ve had reservations about sharing some of this. I was a little hesitant to share because I’m a little selfish. I want all of the great things! But, let’s face it – I don’t have the money or the room for all of the great things, and my husband will thank you for buying some of the great things so I don’t. My number one tip for craigslist searching is (sorry for those of you who use this too) the “set alert” button.
The set alert button is your new best friend if you are wanting to find something specific. I just stumbled across this feature a few months ago and it is pretty genius. After you’ve put in search word(s) and hit enter, those clickable words under the search bar show up. Click on them.
From here, you’ll need to sign in or create a log-in.
And then it will take you to a page with all of your alerts for maintenance purposes. Now, wait for the magic aka timesuck. Depending on the vagueness of your alert (rug vs. 8×10 oriental rug), you’ll start getting emails a few times a day to a few times a week. Most of it will be stuff you’re not interested in, but that only makes the pretty things pop off the page.
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.
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.
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?