The Art of Craigslist: When to Act Fast, and When to Pass

The Art of Craigslist: When to Act Fast, and When to Pass
Photo: Lexy Ward

Craigslist is one of the best resources for buying and selling used items. Unfortunately it can be overwhelming to sift through thousands of results when you're trying to find something special. Here are some tips to help you become a Craigslist pro! 




The Art of Craigslist: When to Act Fast, and When to Pass

ACT FAST – Craigslist is an excellent spot for used designer goods. You can sometimes find the real thing or a knock off. Use key terms like “MCM” for “Midcentury Modern”, or the name of the designer you are on the lookout for. Continue Reading

The Craigslist Secret: How To Shop Successfully

When I’m shopping for furniture, one of the first places I check is Craigslist. It can be daunting to scour those links looking for the right piece to complete your home. But it doesn’t have to be!      

 Jordan Ferney is a San Francisco-based blogger who has shared her five tips for finding the best furniture. From getting a quick response from the seller to narrowing down your search correctly, she has been around the block a few times when it comes to Craigslist shopping. Continue Reading

What’s the Weirdest Thing You’ve Ever Seen for Sale on Craigslist?

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So yesterday I was perusing Craigslist looking for a room divider, and I came upon the weirdest thing. The tower/stand pictured above. How I got there searching for room dividers, I have no idea. The point is, there it was. A 20 foot tower. The seller says its big enough for two people “with room to spare”. (This room-for-a-buddy info is important because around these parts people use towers like this for deer hunting.) Personally, I think it’s super cool and, yes, a little weird, but that’s what you gotta love about Craigslist. Continue Reading

PB Inspired Craigslist Lamp Makeover

created at: 01/24/2011

Amanda found the goofy lamp pictured above courtesy of Craig and transformed it into the PB inspired lamp pictured below. The original costs $269, whereas Amanda’s knock off set her back $29.34. (Can I get a ‘whoop-whoop’ for Amanda?!)

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To replicate her outstanding results, we’ll need a eyesore of a lamp, but lucky for us, Craigslist (and thrift stores and garage sales) is populated heavily with such things.

Here’s a list of materials Amanda used for the project: 


  • Old light fixture, $15
  • S-hooks, $1.09
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Someday, I Will Own an Authentic Eames Lounge…Until Then, This Will Do Just Fine.

created at: 03/18/2010

The Eames Lounge (670) and Ottoman (671) set by Herman Miller is, to me, not only the most iconic piece of mid-century design, but the most perfect piece of furniture. Ever. And a new one in cherry or walnut start at $3,000, and a 50th anniversary chair in Santos Palisander rosewood starts at about $4,500, with authentic vintage chairs fetching that much or more.

My new-to-me Frank Doerner copy, on the other hand, cost me just over $100. Continue Reading