After buying a fixer upper Jason and I usually put any money we have left into renovations and have very little left over to furnish it. On top of that a lot of furniture we had in one house doesn’t necessarily work in the next so we usually are left with rooms with big bare spots open where a couch or table should be. So I turn to Craigslist, thrift stores, or the side of road for our furnishings. We have furnished a good portion of our house this way with spending little to no money.
Decorating on a Budget – My 2 Tips to Find the Best Deal on Craigslist
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1)How to Search
I usually start by searching craigslist by my favorite brands like Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware and wait until something good pops up. When I’m in finding mode I check the site once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and once at night.
2) Move Quickly
If you want to find the deals you have to one of the first to contact the seller. I also find that if I mention I have a pick up truck, will pay cash, and can come soon it usually helps give me an edge over the competition.
We haven’t hit the jackpot every time. I once drove very pregnant to New Jersey for a PB rug that claimed it was from a smoke and pet free home. We arrived only to find that the rug was in a damp basement and was covered in cat urine. You have to be patient and willing to accept that you aren’t going to hit the jackpot every time. We did get go to the beach that day so it was still a great day:).
We have scored some pretty amazing deals this way….here are a few but by no means all. We actually just picked up a beautiful shelf on the side of the road that will be an upcoming project. Stay tuned!
Here are some of the amazing deals I have found over the years with pictures from previous home tours….
I found our Restoration Hardware sofa on Craigslist for $200!
I found our dining room rug from Pottery Barn for $50!
Our Pottery Barn kitchen table and chairs were also found on Craigslist for $500!
We found our restoration coffee table for $200 on Craigslist!
We also picked up this RH leather chair and ottoman on Craigslist too.
And lastly we found our outdoor furniture from Restoration Hardware on Craigslist too!
What do you think about my Craigslist tips? Are you ready to give them a try?
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