For the last 4 years we've been obsessed. With a house once filled, literally to the ceiling, with midcentury furnishings the time came to clear things out. Afterward, although we loved having actual space in our home, it didn't stop us from wanting to keep on collecting. Now we curb instead of cultivate our collecting desires with Craigslist and it's oh so simple!
We collect and then pass on the goods on Craigslist. At first, the whole idea of shopping for other people seems difficult. What do they like? Where will it go in their home? It's easy to get overwhelmed. Instead of thinking you have to have actual clients, shop instead for pieces you love, those which you'd fight for at auction and then simply list them on Criagslist.
To start, you'll want to create an actual log on and user id for Craigslist. Instead of making a new posting each time, it will allow you the ability to relist things or save html coding to copy and paste for your next listing. Make sure all your items are clean and as like-new as possible and take great photos. Then you just list them for others to find.
Soon you'll have a client base that follows you. Make sure to add something at the bottom of each post (a tag) so they'll be able to locate your goods without searching through the masses of other items up for grabs. Style each post the same so they have similar appearances... just remember to skip writing in all caps!
Now we shop with freedom without worry of where it will go. We rotate great pieces in and out of our own home, while passing on other great finds to other local folks who might not have the same time to bargain hunt that we do. And by bargain hunt, we mean the obsessive need to comb thrift stores, antique malls, auctions and garage sales for undiscovered treasures!
Is there anyone in your area that you "watch" on Craigslist? Found great deals from the same person more than once? Share your story in the comments below!
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