We have just made a move from Virginia to Florida. In fact, I unpacked our final box last night (whew!). Before we left, I began a significant purge. I sold much of the (nice and grown-up) furniture we bought pre-kids: our dining room set, our bedroom suite, living room coffee and end tables and tons more. I used Faceboook and Craigslist and most of the items were scooped up quickly.
In this home, I am working on creating a more personal, functional and family-friendly environment. So, I’ve been replacing the things I sold with more thoughtful choices that reflect our philosophies and hopes. Well, it’s not cheap to do that! We’ve bought some staple pieces new, but I am using Craigslist to scout for items that appeal to my vintage and modern styles and budget.
Along the way, I have picked up a few gems that have made my searching easier. I can’t believe I haven’t known about this all of these years! So here you are Mamas. A few tidbits that you may find helpful if you are looking for something that fits your home and your wallet on my favorite classifieds site:
Craigslist search parameter tips:
Craigslist does offer Boolean search parameters — just differently than other sites. When you add a search term, it automatically includes “AND” for example, if you search for mid-century desk only ads that have both mid-century AND desk will show up.
Want to eliminate something? I wanted to search for kids chairs but not sort through a million high chairs. Use the minus sign in front of the word you want to filter. Your search would look like this kids chair -high.
For exact phrasing, use quotation marks “high chair” if you only wanted high chairs.
My newest discovery — the OR search parameter. I didn’t realize this was an option on Craigslist, but it has made searching MUCH easier. Just add a vertical line/pipe like | (shift +backslash) to signify OR and don’t add a space between terms. Instead of individually searching for vintage armoire, antique armoire and primitive armoire etc. You can do one search for all. It looks like this: vintage|antique|primitive armoire. Your search returns results with any of the descriptors all at once.
Finally you can make complex searches. I have searched for something like:
vintage|antique|primitive|mid-century cabinet|armoire|hutch|credenza -espresso
That gives me any of the furniture items with the any of the vintage descriptors but eliminates ones that are espresso colored.
Craigslist Picture Search
There are a handful of services that offer a visual Craigslist search, but I have finally found one that beats them all! CraigsEasy.com. You install a bookmarklet similar to a Pinterest “pin it” button on your toolbar. After you run your Craigslist search, simply click the bookmarklet and your list of results is magically transformed into a scrollable list of full-size images with Ad titles via a script. It’s Craigslist nirvana. (and nope, there’s no affiliation with them).
Just for fun, here are a few of my recent Craiglist purchases on the top (and a few prospective ones on the bottom!):
If this has been helpful, let us know. And if you have any additional tips or tricks, please share with our readers in the comments. Happy thrifting!