Speaking of Apartment Therapy (I swear this post IS going somewhere, Ben), how DO they do it? Find such gems, that is? If you're new to the concept, Apartment Therapy offers scavengers from Craigs List almost weekly. Yet when I log on to Craigs List, I find the boring, *rare!*, $1,000 OBO posts.
I now present: ErinLoechner's Guide to Craig's Goods (yes, you may patent that).
Rule #1. Navigate.
It's a crazy world out there, Craig's World. Be sure to have your correct city/state linked on the right. Trust me, this is a no-brainer that could prevent a massive breakdown when you find the perfect Chippendale chairs-- four states away.
Rule #2. Search.
You know that little search engine bar that we all ignore? Use it. With millions of posts, you won't find what you're looking for without that extra push. Not sure where to start? Here are the top three 'key words' that I used, and my accompanying results:
ANTIQUE. I got a nice list of options, but most of them were NOT antique. However, I did manage to find a few diamonds in the rough:
VINTAGE. Great list of options, like the following:
This sewing machine, exactly like my grandmother's. Swoon! Love at first sight...
Vintage table (shown right) for $40 bucks. I like the look of it, very interesting and a cool plant stand. That's what I call cheap and chic!
Good Form chairs! Where have these been my whole life? So modern, sleek, hip. A DEFINITE steal for $225 for the pair.
This keywod was a bit of a disappointment, but I still got some GREAT finds:
Theatre chairs? NO WAY. Set of three in a row for a cool conversation piece in your living room. Perfect for $150.
And finally, not to be outdone, a gorgeous 50's dining set. Just adorable. And for $200? I'm suddenly feeling so much better... where's that checkbook?
Long story short, Craig's List is the eBay of the Indie generation, and with these helpful hints and smart keywords, you're sure to find whatever you're looking for.