10 Tips For Finding Fab Home Decor On Craigslist

  • Use Google site search on Craigslist. Craigslist has a pretty excellent site search (that’s unusual - most site searches are worthless), but if you can’t what you’re looking for, try Google. Simply type this into Google: Site:http://yourcity.craigslist.org/”keyword”
  • Use filters such as max/min price to remove redundant items from the list that you would not be interested in.
  • Set your max price a little higher than your “real” maximum price because many times people on Craigslist are willing to negotiate if they know that you are serious.
  • Be sure to ask detailed questions about the item. How old is it? How much use has it had? A photo can be deceptive and you wouldn’t want to waste your time or gas going to look at something that is completely different than what you had imagined.
  • Always get a photo first. If they do not have a photo posted – ask them for one. It is best to be as knowledgeable as possible about the item before you ever leave the driveway.
  • Don’t try to decorate the whole house all at once. Monitor the new items posted daily. Chances are you will see fab items added all the time that you like.
  • Jump on the great deals. If you see a great item at a great price, jump on it. Just the other day I found a guy giving away a one-year old leather sofa in mint condition.  He even offered to deliver within 20 miles.  Ofcoarse this piece was gone within ten minutes and I had just missed out.
  • Keep up with the free section. The old adage, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, definitely applies. Sometimes people do not know the value of what they are throwing out and sometimes they just don’t care.
  • Map it out ahead of time. Before you go to look at an item, check the neighborhood on Google and make sure it is a relatively safe place to go.
  • Take a friend or relative with you. Not only is it safer, but sometimes friendly advice is needed before making the final purchase.