Friday, July 10, 2009

Do You craigslist?

I’m joining Hooked on Fridays today because I’m hooked on craigslist.

I’ve spent a lot of time talking about my thrift store purchases on this blog. You know I love to find a great bargain or unexpected treasure. But what if you’re looking for something specific?

Craigslist is a great place to start. I have found several things that I was intentionally looking for, as well as a few that I just stumbled upon while browsing.

This old 46” square window was $20, and exactly what I was looking for to add interest to my big plain 004

My sectional couch was a steal at $260.IMG_2616

We got our down-filled, slip-covered couch last summer for $200, and it was just what I was looking for.IMG_2555

My china cabinet was an accidental find for $35!IMG_2611

Before we moved into this house, I did a lot of shopping on craigslist; I found this console table for $50 and the big mirror for $25. IMG_1082

I also found a black side-by-side refrigerator for $500, with three years left on the extended service contract the original owners had purchased. We had to use it for a repair right away, because after being stored in their garage over the winter it had developed a leak.

Are you looking for something specific? How about something that you could paint or repurpose? Lots of times the older furniture is solid wood and way better quality than you could get brand-new for a comparable price.

How about this buffet for $65, maybe painted white? Rats, I don’t have any room for it.buffet

Look at this cool antique secretary, listed for $100.secretary

Somebody is selling this antique table for $59! Again, I'm thinking paint or maybe just restaining the top.table

There are bargains to be had out there; you just have to look!


Sandy and Joe/rhubarb reign said...

Wow, those are some good deals. I have to confess, I've never looked at Craigslist -- maybe I'll have to give it a try. Am missing TST, I have to admit! xo

Ashley@AshleysBusy said...

Holy Cow!!! $35 for a china cabinet, you are sooo lucky! I love CraigsList, I've bout tons of furniture on their site, and I've sold some stuff too :)

Victoria said...

Wow, love the CL finds! Esp your $200 sofa and $35 china cab. When I get on CL I spend a lot of time looking at things.

My Aldi normally has their flowers for $3.99 too but evidently they had a sale going on Monday! I have found that our Aldi discounts a lot of things on Mondays (YAY). :)

southerninspiration said...

I LOVE Craigslist, too. I recently bought an armoire on there for my office....except it was too big to get into my office. now it's in the master bedroom and I LOVE it there!!! I wish i had more room for craigslist finds!!


Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Wow! We don't have much of interest listed in our Craigslist....Maybe I should look more often though. :) Did you have to clean your couches or anything after you bought them??

Lee Laurie said...

I have looked at Craigslist before but haven't bought from there yet. I will have to keep looking. You got some great deals!

Christina said...

Great finds!!! You have gotten some really wonderful things! I'm trying to think what we have gotten on Craigs List. Hmmm---we got our doggie off of Craigslist. He had an adoption fee, but it was reasonable and he was potty trained, had been to the vet recently for his rabies and other shots and another procedure ; ), so he was perfect for our family.

I've gotten some homeschooling books and my hubby's recliner. I found it and liked the look but it was downtown in a high rise and I didn't feel comfortable going there by myself. He went and tried it out and brought it home. It doesn't look like a recliner and has a 50's vibe. I'll have to post about it sometime.

We have sold a few things too, but I'm a little nervous about people coming to my house. So far only things that can be outside when they arrive.

Loved your post!

Jenny said...

How funny that we both posted about craigslist. There are so many cool things out there.

Great finds!

mrosev14 said...

Oh I am really addicted to Craigslist. I am checking it every day, multiple times a day--I'm also going to stop by my local thrift store for the first time today. :)

Camille and Luke said...

I love Craiglist! It's a great place to find neat stuff! I just found the perfect bench for our patio! The bad thing I need to drive 30 min! haha It's all worth it though! You found some great stuff!! I LOVE the window that you have in your window! What a great idea!
I love selling my stuff on it too!

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

Hi Holly.
You, my friend are the Queen of Craigslist. I adore the square window! I really must spend more time on there.
Have a wonderful weekend, Holly.

dixie said...

Holly, I am still so convinced you are a bargain magnet!!!! You know I love all your deals. And that you help me find some, too!!!


Hi, Holly! This is a topic that's been coming up a lot lately for me. I've always been scared to buy anything on Craigslist for some reason. But everyone keeps finding the best stuff on it. Like you! So I may need to rethink the whole idea.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a great weekend!

Bdubba said...

ARGH!!! My house up north needs to sell so I can buy one and decorate with all the cuteness i keep seeing on here. Thanks for the CL heads up!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Hi -- and how funny -- I did a Craigslist post today, too. Great minds must work alike. :-)

Love your Craigslist bargains -- I am a dedicated addict, and sadly find way more than I can ever possibly use. But it's such fun to look!

Gwen said...

I am addicted to craigslist. I check so many times a day that I lose count! You found some great deals.

Lucy Marie said...

Up until yesterday, I thought Craigslist was only in the states and then I saw something on the news about it being in Canada. I will have to start checking it out. We also have a site here called kijiji which is the same idea and we've used it to buy/sell a number of things.

Brenda said...

You know, I've never shopped on there! Now you've got me curious and I'll have to!

squareby said...

i definitely craigslist. it's one of my favorite hobbies! my coffee table, work table, and bookshelves are from cl. i generally don't browse furniture because my apartment's so small, but i love the free, art, and household sections.

the only things i've sold on craigslist have been books, so i have them meet me at a coffeeshop or 7/11 rather than my place.

Blondie's Journal said...

Holly, Thanks so much for the heads up on craigslist! It's nice to hear good things from someone who has gotten good deals. I have never tried it and believe me, if I want to get a lot of the things I want sooner rather than later, that is the place I need to go.

I love the window and covet that china cabinet!! Thanks so much!!


Finding Home said...

I had to pick myself up off the floor after reading that you only paid $35 for your china cabinet. That's amazing! It's so beautiful! You got some great deals! Craigslist isn't very popular here. We have Kijiji. It's the same sort of deal...but probably about as popular as Craigslist is in the States. I'm totally addicted to it!

Dawn said...

Great finds!!! How'd you get such great deals?

Porch Days said...

You can find anything on Craigslist! Where else can a person sell something they no longer want? It really is a service for the sellers and buyers.

Anonymous said...

OMG! You are quite the shopper! Love that you got such great deals. visiting from hooked on fridays.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

I definitely do Craigslist - and think it is wonderful. you have found so many great deals.

edie3 said...

wow, what finds! Do you have any pointers on how to find such bargains on craigslist?

ImagineCozy said...

Holly, I have never really looked on Craig's List. Thanks for the insights I will have to check it out. I love a good bargain.

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