Shopping on Craigslist is an amazing place to find furniture and other home items. Here are some helpful tips:
Search CL every day: You never know when the item you’re looking for will be posted and if it’s something really great you’ll want to find it before someone else does.
Type in multiple phrases for the item you’re looking for: For example if you’re looking for a TV stand search under all these phrases: TV stand, media Console, TV shelf, Armoire, entertainment center, entertainment stand, media stand, TV cabinet, entertainment cabinet, TV console.
Purposely spell things wrong: Not everyone is an excellent speller so that perfect Armoire could be lurking under a post titled “Armoir.” You may be able to find what you’re looking for on these seldom viewed posts. Also, because the people who posted are likely getting less hits, you may be able to offer them less money.
Search by brands: search CL by your favorite store and see if there is anything you love for less than you’d originally pay.
Search by theme: If you’re looking for random items try looking for them under a design theme. Simply enter shabby chic, Scandinavian, modern, vintage, antique, etc..then have fun looking at what’s out there.
Want it for less?: Say something is listed as $50 on CL, tell the seller you only have 3 twenties. Since most people don’t carry cash on them, chances are they’ll let you have it for $40. Also, always try to bargain down, it doesn’t hurt to ask. People often list their items for more than they think they’re worth anyway in case someone does offer them less money.
And please, be careful: There have been several times I have put myself in less than safe situations when picking up furniture. I won’t share them here but I sincerely regret some of the decisions I have made. Please always take a guy with you when you’re meeting someone you don’t know. Try to meet with people during daylight hours. Also, remember to tell someone where you are going and who you are meeting with. Listen to your intuition. A lovely walnut colored buffet at a great price is not worth your life.