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Tips for my friend Craig!

28 Feb

Craigslist is a fantastic way to score a great deal on furniture, rare items, and DIY projects.  But sometimes it’s hard to find what you’re looking for.  Well cheer up because today I’d like to share with you some of my faithful Craigslist tips.  And if you have some not listed here, please leave them in the comments section below!

  • Try alternate search terms, like “cocktail table” instead of “coffee table”
  • I’m a huge fan of Restoration Hardware… but not their pricetags.  So if you love a collection, try searching just for a store to see what comes up!
  • For popular items that might normally go fast, try potential misspellings like “Potery Barn”
  • Type in “curb alert” to snatch up free items that people leave out for taking.
  • Name your price!  Don’t get stuck on the price listed.  Oftentimes people just want to unload their items fast, so it’s worth bargaining!
  • Search for “pair” rather than just pluralize the word (i.e. Chair Pair instead of Chairs).  Hey – two is always better than one!
  • If you are willing to pay shipping – broaden your shopping experience by typing the item and the word “Craigslist” into a standard google search.  This will bring up craigslist postings outside of your designated city.

And my favorite tip…

  • Create an RSS feed!  I use google reader which does the following:

“Constantly checks your favorite news sites and blogs for new content. Whether a site updates daily or monthly, you can be sure that you won’t miss a thing. Shows you all of your favorite sites in one convenient place. It’s like a personalized inbox for the entire web. Millions of sites publish feeds with their latest updates, and our integrated feed search makes it easy to find new content that interests you.”

This has helped me tremendously.  I initially used this trick when searching for apartments, so that I would not miss out on any listings.  Note: These instructions are for people who use Gmail, and have signed up for a free Google Reader account.  If you don’t already have an account, you can get one here!

Here’s how to get started:

1. Search for your item in Craigslist, just as you would normally do.

2. Once the list pulls up, click on the cute little RSS icon in the URL box.

3. Next, choose where you want the feed to go.  I recommend sending it to your Google Reader (right side option).

4. Now, when you have some free time during your day – log into your Gmail account and click on the Reader icon at the top (highlighted in red):

5. Then, locate the “feed” in the list to the left.  The (#) next to your feed indicates how many unread posting there are.

5. Once you click on the link, to the right you will see an aggregate listing of all of the items that have matched your search.  This list builds automatically, so you don’t have to continuously go into Craigslist to do a search.  You can also rename the feed (i.e. Dining Room Tables) so that you can differentiate between feeds if you have a lot going on!

{Happy Hunting!}

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Craig, your list rocks.

1 Feb

Who is this Craig character, and how did he get to be so awesome???

When it’s too late at night, too cold outside, or (let’s get real) I’m feeling lazy, and can’t make it to an antique or consignment shop….Craigslist is my total “go to” spot for furniture deals.

Here are a few Craigslist items I have found recently that I wanted to share…mainly because I can’t buy them myself and would be thrilled to live vicariously though you, should you be able to. Just click on the location link under the photo to see the original listing.

And Boston area readers – if you fall in love and purchase something here…don’t forget to take a picture and send it my way!!!

Note:  Good Craigslist items go FAST so I apologize in advance if any of these items have sold before you could get your hands on them.

You could do wonders to this dresser with a simple re-knob job!  Maybe with one of these??

(Gloucester)

Hello, shabby chic!

(Watertown)

This unique chair could be VERY cool, just by adding a funky seat cushion.

Tewsbury

Only $150 for a 65“w x 35“h x 19“d buffet!

(Mansfield)

A pottery barn leather club chair! I could fall asleep just looking at this…

(Mass Location undisclosed)

I am LOVING the storage possibilities in this coffee table!

(Winthrop)

Anyone looking for a project?  Here’s a pretty cost effective paint and reupholster job that I think could turn out fantastic!  I love the backs on these chairs!

(Braintree)

I think this antique Flyer Sled could look really cool hung up on a large open wall space!

(East Bridgewater)

And last but not least….

{A little homework challenge!}

Have a clever idea for how to reuse these Embosed New England Dairy milk jugs??  Leave it in a comment below!

(Bedford)

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