I am really excited to be able to share some of my insight in finding quality mid-century pieces! In this post I’ll be addressing how to use Craigslist and what skills you can use to make finding the perfect furniture for you easier!
1. Make a Budget
I may be preaching to the choir here but I think it’s important to mention, just in case. I remember when I first started out; I just went around throwing money at everything I saw, like some kind of furniture Viking. I was ransacking thrift stores and tearing through Craigslist without a care or thought of money. CUZ HEY ITS CHEAP RIGHT?! The thing that caught up with me is that second-hand goods actually do start to add up.
So here’s the thing. We’d all like to get a beautiful credenza for sixty bucks, but that’s not going to be the reality for all of us. Getting a good deal isn’t just about getting something for a stupid steal, it’s sometimes just buying a nice piece for what it’s worth …or maybe just a teensy bit under. Yeah, I know; I am cheap too. Ask yourself how much you are really willing to pay and what pieces are you going to have to drop more money on?
Budgeting will at first seem like a tiring task that makes you feel restricted in your purchases, but in reality, it is completely freeing. It helps you to make well-thought-out purchases instead of wasteful buys that don’t work out for you in your home. With budgeting, you will be able to put together a range of pieces. Your pricey items will make your twenty-dollar end table look like it was two hundred!
2. Know What You Love
You want to make sure your stuff reflects who you are and what you like. You’ll find that this will save you money in the long run, as you’ll ending up throwing out less furniture that turned out to be “not so you.”. It can be difficult to see the potential in second-hand if you don’t have some handle on your personal taste. There are things you can do to help you feel more confident in your personal style. I find making lists, doing the Pinterest thing, and collecting images of homes I like really helps. So go ahead and get moody guys!
3. Be a Fixer
To get a good deal, you may have to be willing to put in some elbow grease on old furniture. The great thing about mid-century pieces is that they were well-made to begin with, so restoring them is usually easier than it seems, and the pay off is ten-fold.
4. Let People Know
Some of the best things I have are because my friends and family know what I like. For example, instead of getting me something from my wedding registry, my Grandma gave me her Russel Wright dish set. It’s a gift I will treasure forever. You never know what your friends or relatives have in their attic that they’ve been waiting to let go of. Chances are, if you know this person, you could be that perfect home for their beloved item.
How to Search Correctly
Since I am Craigslist hound, I thought it be helpful to give you some practical applications for this new zen way of life (you may roll your eyes now. It’s ok. I can’t see you).
I’ll be giving you tips on optimizing your search results on Craigslist. There are great deals to be had here but, to a first time user, it can be a clustered mess! Here are some things you can do to stay organized and on […]