Craig’s List Finds and Tips for Shopping the Second-Hand Market

One of my objectives this year was to find two French upholstered chairs for my studio. My plan was to buy some at Round Top this spring, but I ran across these on Craig’s List a couple of weeks ago and purchased them instead.


Here is the other chair. Actually, they are settees and I have them sitting across from each other for now. My plan is to recover them, probably in a white linen and beef up the cushions a bit. The room needs painting and I have some art work in mind  for the wall behind this chair which is empty.


Craig’s List is a wonderful source to furnish your home on a budget.  I have been shopping estate sales, garage sales, and flea markets for decades and Craig’s List since it arrived on the screen. I have made some fantastic purchases and occasionally made some purchases that I consider mistakes. I thought that I would leave you with some of my tips that I have learned while shopping off the beaten path.

My two cents worth:

  • Have a firm price in mind that you are willing to pay.
  • Research earlier listings to see if the item that you are looking at has been listed before. If it has, consider that it may be over priced or damaged. Damage isn’t always visible in the listing photos.
  • Be objective: Don’t fall in love with the piece before you view it. Be willing to walk away from it if it is not in good condition. I have found that sellers will often over value the condition of their items
  • Consider how much restoration will be involved (i.e. reupholdstry, cleaning, refinishing, etc.). The final cost might not be worth it to you.
  • Don’t be afraid to make an offer that is less than the asking price. Unless there is something wrong with the piece, It is not insulting to offer 10%-20% less. If the item is not in as good of condition as you had hoped consider what you think a fair market value would be and make your offer based accordingly.
  • If you make an offer and the seller doesn’t accept, consider what it is worth to you. Assuming that the piece is in good condition, it my be worth it to you to pay a little more to have something that you will love and that will serve you well.

I hope that you will find these tips helpful next time you consider a second-hand purchase.

Anita at Cedar Hill Ranch offered some very good Craig’s List shopping tips too. You will want to check them out!

Note: The seller of these chairs will be having an estate sale coming up soon in Dallas. I will post details as they are available. Carol Hicks Bolton fans will find some absolutely wonderful pieces! There will be some beautiful antiques and Aidan Gray finds as well. And much, much more…

Have a great week!


I will be partying with the following gracious hostesses:



20 thoughts on “Craig’s List Finds and Tips for Shopping the Second-Hand Market

    • That’s quite a compliment coming from the queen of fabulous finds! Anyway, move on up and we will shop! At the very least, I definitely think you should make a trip here, the shopping is great!

  1. Great tips, Kristi. I need to search Craig’s List more often. I find myself getting frustrated when I don’t see what I’m looking for. I need to search more frequently I suppose. I adore those window treatments! Gorgeous! And I got a kick out of seeing your dog watching the neighborhood. :)

    • Hey Sonya! You are on target! Frequency is key and the most frustrating part of shopping Craigs list. Good point to add to the list! And, yes, Albert does love to watch over the neighborhood, especially the UPS man!

  2. Kristie, The chairs are gorgeous and the estate sale sounds like there will be some fabulous things. Oh, if only I lived near Dallas! The buyers of our previous home wanted all the furnishing so we had to pretty much start decorating from scratch. Craigslist was a great resource and I found many great pieces for our home. Thanks for joining the Open House party and enjoy the beautiful new chairs. xx, Sherry

  3. just came across your site.
    love those chairs. i live in fort worth and was wondering if you give some more information on when the estate sale will be.

    • Hi Marilyn! Nice to meet you. I will be posting the estate sale information early next week. So check back soon and let me know if you have any more questions…

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