Top Tips for Buying on Craigslist

Houston mamas…I know I can’t be the ONLY one in town looking for a good deal!

At our house, we rarely pay full price for things, and I try hard to bargain and buy used.  Our weapon of choice???  CRAIGSLIST, of course!  It’s such an awesome resource available to all!  I have had great luck finding what I’ve searched for, sometimes even exceeding my expectations.  I will be perfectly honest however – if you are looking for ‘perfect’ items, CL may not be for you.  To snag great deals on CL, you have to be willing to do a little ‘fixing’ at times.  Is it worth it to you?  You decide.

Check out some of my Craigslist finds ::

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king size Pottery Barn Sumatra Bed | mirror for our mantel

Jenny Lind bed & vintage quilt | CARGO bunkbed | CARGO toy box

spool bed | pop-up camper

Top Tips for Buying on Craigslist

Want your own frugal finds?  Here are my top tips to help you win BIG!

First and foremost – be SAFE!

When it comes to buying from strangers, safety is key!

  • Use email to document communication
  • Tell someone where you are going
  • Daytime pick-ups as opposed to nighttime
  • Take someone with you
  • Meet in a public place if possible
  • Ask the seller to have the item by the door if going to someone’s home, etc…

Check daily for what you’re looking for.

There are new items being posted all day, every day.  So check back often!

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Once you find something you love, ask lots of questions.  Feel free to ask for additional pictures, or dimensions, or any other questions you may have.

Act quick!

If you are ready to buy, then move quickly.  Items go fast on CL, and you don’t want to have a treasured item swept out from under you!

Bargain ONLY if you feel the price is too high.  If it’s a fair price, pay it.

It’s important to know what you are buying and what it is worth.  The seller will be thankful and so will you.

Let the seller know who or what your item will be used for. 

Sometimes a story of your family continuing to cherish their item will win them over, and they’ll choose YOU in a multiple offer situation!

Let the seller know that you are willing and able to load the items without their help.

If you are looking to purchase large items, have a truck and/or a few friends in place ready to help you pick it up and haul it off.

Test out your purchase before you take it home.

Give your new gem a once over and make sure that everything is in working order before handing over the money.

Bring cold hard cash!

Most CL sellers request cash only, so be sure you have plenty of cash on hand before going to purchase your item.  Exact change appreciated.

Happy BARGAIN shopping, Houston!  And DO TELL…what amazing finds/great deals have you purchased on CL?

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Born and raised in the Houston area, Misty married her husband Chuck in 2005, and is blessed to be called "mommy" three different ways...step, adoptive, and biological. Her kids are Maddi {Sept 1995}, Mason {June 1999}, Levi {Nov 2011}, and Kate {Nov 2012}. She and her husband struggled through six years of infertility. After enduring unsuccessful fertility treatments GALORE, their path led them to adoption and soon after, a surprise pregnancy! Misty is a teacher-turned-SAHM and is passionate about Jesus, her family, adoption, others suffering with infertility, running, reading, and chocolate. You can read all about her incredibly blessed journey and every day life over at so much more...yet to come.


  1. This is great Misty! I’ve never purchased from CL, but am currenlty stalking it for Jenny Lind style pieces. You have great style and a beautiful home! thanks for sharing your tips with us.

    • Diamend, it is a very special friend’s bassinet. She cannot let it go, so she lets others borrow it! I’m done with it and now her cousin has it! How cool, huh?!?! Her first baby was born in 2005. She purchased it then at Babies R US…it’s called the Eddie Bauer Bassinet. Try Amazon, Babies r Us…etc.


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