How One Couple Saved Thousands With Craigslist

Save Money on Living Room

You’ve moved in with your significant other – congrats! You want to create a warm and welcoming home that reflects your unique style, but you don’t want to spend a fortune.

Fortunately, Craigslist is a gold mine when it comes to furnishing your apartment or house.

Here’s how one New York City couple saved $3,021. See their tips and tricks below!

Vintage Mid-century Modern Paul McCobb Designer Side Table

Saved $225

Retail

This Etsy shop sells it for $200, plus $35 shipping.

Condition: Good

Paul McCobb Etsy

Craigslist

$10

Condition: Noticeable scratches

Save on Designer Table

Geiger Full Twist Designer Chair in Maple

Saved $1,530

Retail

Geiger sells its creation for $1,525, plus $135 NYC taxes.

Condition: New


Craigslist

$130

Condition: New

Save on Designer Chair

Leather Full Size Sofa Bed

Saved $536

Retail

Jennifer Convertibles no longer sells this model, but a similar one sells for $799.99, plus $71 NYC taxes and ~$100 delivery.

Condition: New

Sofa Bed

 

Craigslist

$300, plus $135 for movers

 

Condition: Good

Save on Leather Couch


2 Mod Accent Chairs

Saved $140

Retail Price

Amazon Prime sells each chair for $133.41, plus $11.84 NYC tax.

Condition: New

Save on Chairs

Craigslist Price

$150 for 2 chairs

Condition: Like New

Save on Chairs

Vintage Mid-century Modern Dresser

Saved $290

Retail

The awesome NYC shop Furnish Green sells a similar piece for $464, plus $41.18 NYC tax.

Condition: Refurbished

Save on Dresser

Craigslist

$120, plus $95 for movers

Condition: Noticeable scratches

Save on Dresser

Granite Top Kitchen Island

Saved $300

Retail

Wayfair sells it for $579.99, no tax and free shipping.

Condition: New

Save on Kitchen Island

Craigslist

$280

Condition: New and unopened in original box

Save on Kitchen Island


5 Tips for Getting the Best Craigslist Furniture Deals

Cities like New York, San Francisco and Chicago have a huge Craigslist inventory of high quality furniture. People switch apartments often, move in with their significant other, or leave for a new job in another city. They need to sell their furniture fast.

Often, the pieces are like new or have very minor wear and tear. If you live in or near a bustling city, you can find great deals on well known brands like West Elm, Crate & Barrel and IKEA. For those interested in older or more unique pieces, there are lots of gems out there.

  1. Use generic search terms. Search Craigslist with the most general terms and try different ways to say the same thing. If you want a new couch, search for “couch” but also search for “sofa” and “love seat.” Don’t search for “brown leather L-shaped couch” even if that’s what you really want because the seller likely described it completely differently. You’ll miss a lot of posts if your search is too specific.
  2. Set daily alerts. Set up a Craigslist alert using those generic terms so you get daily emails with new postings of the item you want. In the example above, you can set one for “couch,” one for “sofa” and one for “love seat.”
  3. Use this subject line when contacting the seller: “Your [Table/Chair/Couch] on Craigslist.” If you don’t customize the subject line, the title of their post will automatically populate into your subject line. The may get a ton of these emails, and you want yours to stand out.
  4. Proofread your email to the seller. This sounds obvious, right? You would think so, but many people slap together something quick and don’t check for grammar or spelling. Do you want to save $1,000 on that West Elm platform bed? Then write a good email and sound like a normal person. Otherwise, the seller will ignore you.
  5. Negotiate with this phrase: “Is there any wiggle room in the price?” You can do this during your email exchange or when you arrive to look at the item. Most people are willing to come down a little. If you need to hire movers or a rent a truck to transport the item to your place, then tell the seller that you’ll have an additional expense, and they’ll often be willing to take a little less.

Do you and your significant other have amazing Craigslist finds in your home? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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