Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Craigslist Finds 1.0

I have a confession... I, Amy, am obsessed with looking at furniture on Craigslist.com.

I lay in bed at night on my ipad searching furniture on craigslist to see if I can find any good deals. I rarely act on them but it still gives me such satisfaction to see a good deal on items that an owner can't see potential on or just wants to get rid of. You know what they say "one man's junk is another man's treassure."

The reward is huge when you score something off of here, the risk is your LIFE. Ok, kinda kidding but it is weird showing up at a stranger's house. My in-laws are convinced I will be a victim of the Craigslist killer.

Anyways, here are some things I found on craigslist in Atlanta yesterday.

These chairs could be really fun with their geographic design maybe painted in a lacquered white, black, navy, grey, really any color. I'd also update the cushions fabric as well.
CL Chairs

Ok, first, ignore the figurine on top... Think of this either stained dark or painted and distressed in a creamy white. This could be a pretty buffet or tv stand for $100.
CL Buffett

After posting my adirondack chairs on yesterday's post, I saw these chairs for $50 each or $180 for 4. Not a bad price for brand new & assembled adirondack chairs. (Most store bought adirondack chairs aren't assembled.)
CL Adirondack chairs

This is a zinc-top farm table. If you haven't seen a zinc table basically it means metal topped table. I am a HUGE fan of metal top tables. I love how durable they are and how they add another texture or element versus a regular wood top table. Industrial furniture is so popular right now but I think that even if your style isn't industrial-chic you can still mix a metal table in and for $495 that's a steal! Scott's Antique has a lot of these tables too.
CL Zinc Table

A couple tips too for staying safe with craigslist ads:
1. Never put your full name in the email
2. If you get the heeby-jeebies from the poster when you email or talk on the phone, go with your gut and walk away
3. Try to meet in an open neutral place, avoid homes if you can
4. If you do meet at the home, see if they can just bring the furniture outside
5. Bring a friend (I prefer hubs/male) with you to meet the poster
6. If you meet at a house, let a friend know the address and what time you are meeting and make sure you talk to the friend afterwards to let them know you have left the house and are ok.
7. After you email the poster the first time and they email you back from their personal email, search facebook with that email or their name to see if the person looks semi-normal... I know, I know... a lot of scary people in this world don't look scary, they look normal but still it doesn't hurt!
8. Avoid bad areas of town, if a poster lived in a bad part of Atlanta, I'd avoid them or make them meet me somewhere else in a safe + open area of town.
9. Pay Cash

Thankfully I've always had good success with craiglist. When we sold our furniture on craigslist after we bought our house we were nervous about letting people come to our house to get furniture. Surprisingly, everyone that bought from us was great, good nice people, funny enough every single one of them went to Andy Stanley's Buckhead Church too.

Good Luck and remember you can bargain with craigslist sellers too!

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