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

Turn a Pine Dresser Into a Silver Leaf Bedside Table

You know how it goes. Family’s coming in town for the holidays, you’ve thrown your junk into the sparsely furnished spare bedroom and now you’re scurrying to spruce up the joint. One thing you’ll need to win over your mother-in-law is a bedside table instead of a t.v. tray. Grab an old junker at Goodwill, Salvation Army, or a thrift store and quickly get to work. Here’s what you need:

created at: 12/07/2010

created at: 12/07/2010

Barbara at HodgePodge turned an Ikea dresser into a sparkling showpiece. Continue Reading

How To: Bed Bug Free Thrifting

created at: 09/29/2010

Two months ago I got clean. I stopped buying used furniture and other cast-off household decor. Until last Friday. One little left hand turn off the road to Lowes and I was back at my favorite Goodwill store. Oh so what?  I’m not throwing my money away. I’m making charitable contributions. It was different this time. (I mostly bought slick surfaced goodies.)See, my new session of upholstery classes started Wednesday night and one of my favorite students, Nikkole, was back. Continue Reading

A Sad Table Gets Blue

For fifteen years, this sad little, garage-sale-find coffee table was collecting dust in Melissa’s garage. A reconfiguration of living room furniture compelled her to rescue it from its isolation and give it a new life. The little table went from sad to blue, but a very happy blue indeed!

Moral of the story: Be brave with color. You can read all about the adventures of the little table over at The Inspired Room.

Sewing Table turned Entry Table

small-entry-table beforeIn the last edition of the Curbly Make It! library, “Make It! Secondhand Chic”, I turned an old sewing table into a laptop table. Since I didn’t need a laptop table, I’m now using it as a little table at the landing of my stairs. Restored Style and I were, apparently, on the same wavelength.RS’s sewing machine table, picture above, was discovered on Craigslist. It was given a facelift with a coat or two of white paint, and now it’s the perfect entry table. Continue Reading

Turn an old wagon into a charming tray.

Cathe swung by the dump on her way home one day and found this ‘nasty, greasy, crusty’ red wagon. It only had 2 wheels, but that did not deter Cathe from rescuing it. She brought it home took it apart, scrubbed it down, drilled holes, added some handles, shot it with clear coat enamel and added some furniture bumpers to the bottom. Here’s the sweet outcome:

Read more about the project at Just Something I Made. Continue Reading

Make a Salvaged Wood Inspiration (or Memo) Board

Can you guess what kind of salvaged frame Hannah used to make this inspiration board? If you guessed the end of a day bed, you’re smarter than I am. Of course, that’s the really great thing about this project: you can use just about any kind of discarded frame you come across!    Interested? Here’s the materials list:

  • a wood frame of any size or  shape
  • fabric, enough to cover the frame (Hannah used an old, white bed sheet!)
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Cast-off Light Fixture gets Pottery Barn Makeover

Brittany snagged a $5 light fixture at her local Habitat for Humanity ReStore and decided to turn it into a Pottery Barn inspired lantern.     

She tells use how she did it, step by step, on her blog, Pretty Handy Girl.

For more great makeovers of secondhand stuff, check out Curbly’s own Make It! Secondhand Chic, on sale for $9.99. In it, we’ll show you how to transform common thrift-store finds into useful, stylish gems. Continue Reading

Make a Bottle Cap Tray

Michelle picked up this “hideous” glittery pink tray at Hobby Lobby for under three bucks. She gave it funky, retro once-over using, of all things, bottle caps.   

Besides the caps, she used glossy white paint, Krylon spray paint (to paint the bottle caps) and acrylic water. For the entire how to and to see more pictures of the project, follow this jump to Sweet Something Designs. Via.

This technique would also be great for those thrift store and rummage sale finds too. Continue Reading