My BlackBerry and I have had good times — we laughed, we cried, we gossiped. But all good things come to an end, and it's time to sell it. I want to make sure that I'm getting the best price and I'm thinking about selling mine on Craigslist. Which website do you usually sell your stuff on?
This weekend at a swap meet I scored some hard-to-find wine crates for next to nothing, as well as two barely used oversized mirrors for only $25 (for both!). When it comes to thrift shopping for home décor items, I like to cover all my bases, perusing Craigslist, scoping out antique shops, and stopping at yard and garage sales. But I'm wondering, where do you find the best pieces on the cheap?
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CasaSugar Community member MorganAshley recently asked, "What's your definition of 'newly renovated' as seen on a rental listed on Craigslist? Just curious how many years would qualify?" Personally, I wouldn't say the answer is how many years, but what has been renovated. For instance, I wouldn't mind 80-year-old hardwood floors, but yucky yellow linoleum floors from the 70s would certainly bother me. To me, it's most important that the kitchen is up to date with new, working appliances and that bathrooms don't have dated tiles. What's your definition of newly renovated? How new is new? What sort of appliances or home features do you consider dated? Have you ever been misled by a Craigslist ad? Tell me by commenting below!
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Whenever I use Craigslist for apartment hunting, I tend to gravitate toward the listings with pictures, sometimes even eliminating those without altogether by checking the "has image" box. It seems like a no brainer: if you have an amazing place and want to grab the attention of a lot of people, you would make sure they can see how fabulous it is. So without pictures, potential tenants are thinking, "What's wrong with it?" But it has occurred to me that there could be legitimate reasons for why the posting doesn't include images. Maybe it's still being renovated, the landlord hasn't had updated photos taken, photos don't do it justice, it's too tiny for good shots, or the current tenant's furniture is still in the apartment. What do you think? Share your good or bad experiences with photo-free Craigslist ads in the comments below.
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Even though CEO James Buckmaster says that "Craigslist has done the best and most responsible job of combating child exploitation and human trafficking," anti-human trafficking organizations disagree. And just last week, the FBI arrested members of the Gambino crime family on charges that included selling the sexual services of teens on Craigslist.
How do you feel about the online classifieds site making money this way? Does it promote sexual exploitation?
Just saying the words "apartment hunting" may send shivers down your back. It can be a frustrating roller coaster of emotions, with elation often followed by letdown as you realize Craigslist photos can be misleading, landlords and realtors can be less than truthful, and good places are often snagged fast. And you have to choose your priorities amongst numerous factors including square footage, price, location, and the building's age. Then there's the stress of filling out applications and obtaining credit reports. The entire process can be overwhelming and headache-inducing.
I've found that staying organized and having copies on hand of all my application information, my credit report, etc., helps immensely, but all the preparation in the world can't shield you from unexpected snags in your plans. I want to know, how do you handle the stress of apartment hunting? Any good tips you can share with fellow renters?
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I have a friend who is desperately trying to find a third roommate in order to stay in her dream apartment once the lease is up. She put up a Craigslist ad and has had a few responses. But finding a roommate on Craigslist isn't the same as using the online service to find a midcentury sofa, Taylor Swift concert tickets, or even an apartment. You are inviting a complete stranger to live in your home, so there are some precautions to take. For five tips I recently heard from someone who's had lots of experience living with, and kicking to the curb, roomies found via Craigslist, read more
I needed more shelving in my daughter's room, but I didn't want to go with a boring white shelf so I searched Craigslist daily until I found something unique enough to meet my needs. I ended up scoring this awesome cabinet and shelving unit. On one side of the top piece is a cork board and on the other side is a chalkboard. The entire top swivels around the bottom cabinet, which is an added bonus. It was in nearly new condition and, not to mention, solid wood — the only problem was the color. My daughter's room is all white and pink. Oak just would not do. So I rolled up my sleeves, disassembled it, sanded it, primed it, and painted it white.
Craigslist has become an invaluable online resource for apartments, cars, jobs . . . and plenty of other services near you. I've detailed how to add Craigslist finds to your RSS reader and preview images from ads, and even profiled a handy desktop download. Now you can keep tabs on your favorite searches when you're on the go with the CraigslistChecker app for Android.
The free app is straightforward and simple to use. Use it to perform Craigslist searches straight from your phone, swipe left or right to browse through listings, and save listings or searches. You can even email them to friends. Anyone who's ever looked for an apartment in a saturated market will tell you that a 24/7 tie to Craigslist is a must — this app is a great way to stay in the loop!
I'm moving and thus, I'm on the hunt for a nice affordable apartment. Thanks to your advice, I'm only looking at places with dishwashers. This means I want a good-sized modern kitchen. Not too much to ask for, right? Wrong. Finding a kitchen with a regular-sized fridge, stove, and dishwasher is very hard! It's actually downright depressing, the amount of horrible kitchens that exist here in San Francisco.
Since I've been spending too much time on Craigslist, I've rounded up some bad kitchens. Here are the apartments I don't want to live in!