Craigslist has a reputation for being sketchy and being the medium through which serial killers find their victims, but I am quite a big fan of the virtual classifieds. Almost all of my best experiences have come through Craigslist. I found my old roommate in Denver/best friend Katrina on Craigslist. I found my new Portland roommate Emmaline on Craigslist and she’s turning out to be super awesome! I found two of my good friends in Portland via Craigslist when someone was putting together a hiking group. I’ve made tons of money selling old belongings on Craigslist ($180 to be exact) and even found some great free stuff (10 gallons of organic kale!).
But my most recent Craigslist victory was the purchase of my new bed!
I originally had spoken to the old tenants of my new apartment and they agreed to leave me a twin bed for free, but when I was moving all of my stuff into the sunroom, I looked around and there were no beds to be found. I’m not sure if the landlord removed it or what, but I was suddenly in need of a bed!
I’ve been scouting Craigslist for the past two weeks, looking at furniture deals and trying to figure out exactly what I wanted. When I saw my bedroom, it was smaller than expected (but still average sized), so I knew I needed a twin. I also wanted to maximize space so I was going to push it against the wall instead of having it centered in the room. A daybed would be perfect as I could use it as a couch during the day! Most of my other furniture is either white or a pale blue, so I didn’t want brown or black. This limited my options and the price only made things more difficult! Most people were selling decent frames/headboards for at least $100. I could get a cheap foam/spring Ikea mattress, but honestly I was a bit weary of the quality. Proper mattresses were going for an additional $80-$100!
Plus, there was the issue of hauling it. Almost all of the Craigslist ads said that the buyer was responsible for picking it up and moving it. This would be a joke in my tiny Civic. My friend Alex drives a large SUV, but he lives all the way out in the suburbs and is pretty stressed out due to flight school finals so I didn’t want to bother him with something so petty. I know Ikea furniture can be disassembled and reassembled fairly easily, so I was planning on either finding an Ikea bed on Craigslist or buying one new since the prices were pretty similar. Plus look at how pretty they are!
However, my luck changed earlier this week when I was absentmindedly browsing Craigslist and found the deal of a lifetime. An adorable powder blue daybed from Ikea. Complete with Sealy mattress! All for $99!!! The ad was written by a mother who said the bed was used as a guest bed for her daughter’s friends and had only been slept on maybe 5 times. They were looking to downsize and wanted to sell it.
I took a chance and emailed her. I mentioned the issue of my Civic and offered to pay an additional $20 if they would deliver it. This may seem like a high delivery fee, but they lived out in the suburbs about 30 minutes away. Also, I know how tough it can be to sell stuff on Craigslist so I wanted to make it easy for them. Plus $99 was already a steal. She accepted and we managed to organize the delivery for that evening.
The transaction was smooth and her husband was even originally from Kentucky! I could tell by his UK sweatshirt. Overall, they were nice people and I am more than excited about my bed! The only dilemma now is trying to store it for the additional two weeks before we move. I bought it when I thought we would still be moving in March 1st! Maybe I will pass time time between working out and job hunting by acquiring free furniture from Craigslist!