Before I buy anything these days I do a quick search on craigslist.org to see if it’s available secondhand locally. It’s a good practice to develop, and a great one when planning a wedding. On any given day you can find reusable wedding decor, serving pieces and attire. Here’s a sampling of what I found just today.
If you’re planning a wedding this coming year, be sure to faithfully watch your local craigslist feeds after the wedding season starts to find some great deals. Download an app like the one I use: Craigslist Mobile (there’s also Craigslist. and Craigster) and you’ll be better able to be the first to see a desirable item.
And remember, you can recoup some of your spent cash by reselling items after your wedding!
Keep these tips in mind when buying from craigslist to be safe:
- Keep it local. Only buy and sell to local folks.
- Bring a friend. Never go alone to look at an item, and never invite a stranger to your house alone. Meet in a public place if necessary.
- Be the first to respond. You’re more likely to score a deal if you can be the first to respond & schedule a time to look at the item.
- Ask questions about the history of the item.
- Don’t be afraid to negotiate but don’t take advantage of people. Mike Wolfe of American Pickers calls it “picker’s karma.”
- Pay it forward when you can. My husband went to buy a leather chair we found on craiglist and when the seller found out Jeff works in education, offered it to him for free. It’s a touching gesture and one we’ll pay forward.