Friday, January 14, 2011

My Tips For Using Craigslist

As a huge fan of Craigslist and using it to pick up my inexpensive furniture finds, I have a few tips to pass along:

Use Keywords: While searching Craigslist, I have found keywords help narrow your search effectively. I use such keywords as vintage, or even as simple as armoire. Another option I have used is to search for the brand. Until I broke down and purchased a new couch, I was searching Pottery Barn (that was the look I wanted). However, you will need to keep in mind that there are people who won’t know that a keyword or brand will sell, or may not even know what they have.

Software: I no longer use the actual Craigslist site. I downloaded free software called CraigsList Reader Pro. It allows me to search multiple locations, multiple search criteria and even keywords. It also allows me to narrow by price. This is such a time saver when you are willing to travel to various areas to get your finds.

Alerts: Did you know that you can use Google Alerts to search Craigslist for you? All you need to do is type " furniture " in the Search Terms box. Also select how often. I select ‘as-it-happens’ to get a jump on a possible deal. 

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