Monday, October 19, 2009

I Heart Craigslist

Really. Am I alone on this?

I bought a new-to-me leather couch a few weeks ago. The woman we bought it from said it had only been sat on twice...it sat in her front room for a few years and was only used when her grandmother came to visit. It was worth much more than we paid.

So I sold my couch. It was old and worn down and really uncomfortable. I asked nearly double what I wanted for it just for bartering room. The response was so high. People were offering more than what I was asking just to get their hands on my used couch. Suckers. I would have sold it for much less.

I bought a sweet vintage chair, too. My living room is coming together thanks to Craigslist. It's a great way to get what you want at a portion of the price.

And it's a great way to make money off your junk. I've made well over $1000 on Craigslist in the past year. Seriously. I started by only selling the big stuff. But decided to start selling the small stuff, too. Random knickknacks that have been sitting in boxes for years. Things I think are so ugly and out dated get snatched up just hours after I post them. It adds up fast.

Craigslist is a win-win situation...the buyer gets what they're looking for at a fraction of the cost. And the seller makes money on something they would have otherwise tossed. SA-WEET!!!

I'll post pictures of my living room one of these days. We still haven't painted. But I did order a zebra print rug on Overstock.com last week and it arrived Friday morning. I'm lovin' it.

16 comments:

jeanine said...

Everyone I know seems to get such great deals on Craigslist! I need to utilize it more!

Traci Elizabeth said...

I LOVE CRAIGSLIST! Can't wait for pics!

Genn said...

I'm with you, I heart Craigslist too. We sold a couch and a big screen tv on it a couple years ago. I've never bought any furniture from there, but not a bad idea. A great way to save money. We are thinking we need to list some of the baby stuff we have on there and make a bit of dough too.

Can't wait to see pics of your living room! I am still trying to decorate mine. I'd love to see what you have done.

Jen said...

Can't wait to see your living room! I don't use Craigslist that often but I think in Utah, KSL.com is more used than Craigslist. Have fun finding sweet deals!

Chris and Jenn said...

I love Craigslist too, I havent sold anything yet but you are tempting me to start trying it! Your rug sounds cute, cant wait to see pictures!

Kris said...

I love CL too!

Suzanne said...

I'm with you there! We love it! We recently sold a bunch of stuff on there as well. I'm shocked what you can sell. Old cabinets, used tires, etc. It's a lot of fun! Can't wait to see your pictures!

Kelly said...

ok. weird. i was seriously going to blog about craigslist today. i sell everything on cl! i just sold a baby swing today. i'm looking for a couch for our bonus room. cl is seriously the best. cant wait to see pics of your couch!

Sheryl said...

Love it! It is all about the great deals and second hand stuff! I am getting my gramma stuff there for my babies. Car seat, toddler bed. My Jordan and Breana are taking care of baby stuff there as well. Love it!
Your new living room sounds fab! Cant' wait to see!

Amanda B. said...

Love Craigslist!!! I have bought several things there and sold a few. An excellent idea!

Autumn said...

Craigslist rocks my world. For selling and buying. Its hard NOT to list the small things when you know SOMEone will pay you for it. I can't wait to see your new couch!

Cynthia said...

I love it too. I even like to look at the "free" lists once in a while and see what people want to get out of their yard and all you have to do is go pick it up.

Heidi said...

we LOVE craigslist... such a great resource! Cannot wait for pictures!

Erin said...

That is awesome, can't wait to see picks of the new room!!

AshnRuss said...

You are so creative I am so jealous of you. I would love to see some pictures. Hope you are doing well.

amelia said...

You need to spill your tips.