It has been a long week. Monday was exhausting and embarrassing and frustrating. I had to take it easy the few days after to make sure I didn’t faint again, and so I didn’t get much of anything accomplished, and now I have some nonsense that’s causing me to spike a fever.
So I had a post planned out. I made myself a lariat necklace and was going to share the how-to for this post…I just needed to take a picture of it when the light was good.
So Tuesday I showed you this chair that I scored on Craigslist and mentioned that I was going to be creating cushions for it.
round my foam to toughen it up a little and give it more of a “sail cloth” feel, instead of “pristine white field of snow, begging for a little boy to mess it up” feel. I also found that with fabric this light I needed two layers to keep the green of the super-dense foam from showing through.
- Find your local Craigslist and in the search bar enter what you’re looking for.
- Try a few different terms to see what brings the most results. You may call it an armoire, but other people might refer to it as an entertainment center.
- Next, get real honest with yourself about money.
- If you don’t find anything on the site that you like before you have to have it, what will you be willing to spend in a store? Enter that amount in the “maximum” price box.
- Select “has image” to cull the herd.
- You don’t need to waste your time with sellers who aren’t serious enough to provide you an image of what you might be buying.
- Check back daily.
- This is the one that kind of sucks. You probably aren’t going to find something you love immediately. I did with the bed, but the glider took more than a month and I’m still looking for a dresser. Craigslist shopping isn’t good for immediate gratification for sure, but if you can force yourself to be patient, you can find amazing deals.
- Make sure, as you’re doing all this browsing, that you’re keeping in mind the size of vehicle you have access to.
- I’m really glad that my Mr. traded in his old, falling apart little truck for a more reliable vehicle, but the size of furniture I can search for is now much smaller.
- Try to keep in perspective how quickly you actually need what you’re looking for.
- If you’re looking for furniture, it’s fairly likely that you’ll know well in advance and can browse for a while. If you’re looking for something that has a shorter time table, recognize that it may be worth paying a few extra dollars at the store to avoid the stress of not being sure if you’ll have it on time.
- Don’t be afraid to haggle…but don’t feel like you have to either.
- I hate bartering. Hate, hate, hate it. I want a set price and I’ll decide if something is worth it to me or not based on that. My friend Megan’s husband on the other hand, lives to barter. Both of us do just fine on Craigslist. Keep in mind, if you are a “hates to bargain” type like me though, many sellers are willing to be flexible on price. Craigslist is a great way to get a few bucks for stuff that’s taking up space in your basement that you’d otherwise have to pay to have hauled off by the trash man, so more than one seller puts up an item thinking to themselves “If nobody bites, I’ll put it in the “free” section next month”. It may be worth stepping outside your comfort zone and venturing a slightly lower price.
I’ve found all sorts of things using this method. The two pieces I have pictures of in this post, an antique dresser that we use to store board games and linens in, a hiking backpack that is also a child carrier, a nearly-new, hardwood armoire with lighted side cabinets that we got for 10% of what the people had paid for it at the store a year before… Good luck, and if you have any questions about how I go about looking for stuff, let me know!