It's pretty common knowledge that if you're looking for gently (or highly) used Ikea furniture, Craigslist is a good place to check out. But if your taste veers a little higher end, well Craigslist is still a good place to start--just not the furniture page.
So I've been on this kick to get the apartment in shape and looking good. For months I've been browsing on craigslist to find pieces to suit the new apartment and my lifestyle. I have finally pulled the trigger on a few pieces (still gloating) and just this week found an adorable coffee table. I was so excited when I saw the ad. 32" wood round table with clean lines and a somewhat indecipherable style. Shelter magazines use the word "transitional' a lot, but this table really could transition to a bunch of different looks. Plus, at $60 it was sweet deal.
I am the proud new owner of this lovely Mid-Century Modern buffet and china. I was doing my regular Craigslist browse and when I saw this piece for under $200, I pounced. I'm guessing they just really want to get rid of it because they probably could have gotten double the asking price. Seriously, the credenzas alone are rarely under $300-$400. By the way, the owner followed my Craigslist posting rules, which made my decision much easier. And I showed up at the agreed time with a deposit, which I'm sure made her life easier.
I am now faced with the dilemma of exactly how to use this piece. The plan was originally to buy a credenza with storage for clothing and have the TV on top. And since the buffet and china do separate, I can proceed as planned. But at just shy of 6' tall, it's an excellent height for my tiny apartment. Plus, it just looks really good just the way it is.
As I start to think more seriously about next month's impending move (yikes!), I decided to sell my dining room. I had gotten a great deal a little while back through Ethan Allen but I never really loved it. Besides, I don't want to limit my apartment search based on furniture I'm only lukewarm over. So, after considering my options, I decided to brave craigslist to try to sell the dining room pieces. I know, posting on craigslist invites all sorts of crazies into your life. But it's the easiest and cheapest way to sell something.
Not all posts are created equal and, in an effort to close the deal as quickly as possible, I did some research on how to put the best one online. Here is a list of helpful information.
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