So one of the main issues that the cop and I have had to address is the amount of furniture we own. Fitting all of our pieces into a 1 bedroom apartment simply was not an option. I’ve done a pretty good job of decluttering, but the big items are still taking up entirely too much space. So we started making a list of things we wanted to keep, things we wanted to store, and things we could toss. The first thing we did was begin to research storage closets. I didn’t have a lot of nice furniture, most of my items have come from garage sales and goodwill stores, but a few of my pieces were nice and I wanted to hold on to them. Specifically my living room furniture. Those items (couch, coffee table, pub table, etc.) would go into the storage closet along with my headboard and bed frame. The remaining items I knew I didn’t want to keep. I entertained the idea of having a garage sale, but honestly the whole thought of throwing a garage sale seemed a bit overwhelming. I get two days off a week, do I really want to spend them selling furniture and odds and ends for scrap cash?
The compromise to this was trying to sell a few big items on craigslist. The cop had some really nice furniture that was being stored in his friend’s garage. It had been there for over a year and it was really time to move it on out. It had over stayed its welcome there. The furniture there was really nice! A full light wood matching bedroom set, a microwave, a mahogany pub table, a computer chair. It pained me a little to get rid of it honestly. But at this point there is no way that we plan to buy a house here in the south, and the idea of paying to store all of that furniture and then pay to move it up north seemed silly. So between that furniture and my furniture we had a pretty long list of items to sell.
Selling items on craigslist can be a little time consuming and frustrating – there is a lot of back and forth with it. But through this experience and a little trial and error I’ve come up with a list of tips to help any future craigslist sellers out there. Little details that will hopefully make your life easier!
1) The Pictures Matter. It’s really all about presentation. Make your pictures clear and well lit. Provide a variety of angles. Make the item look good, but don’t try to hide flaws. You’ll end up wasting their time and yours if you misrepresent an item and they come to pick it up only to change their minds. Be sure to actually show the best parts of the item. For example the picture below was an ad for a futon. The picture is yellow and you can barely see the wood frame. To me this picture is really only helpful if it is selling the cover of the futon, not the frame itself (which is what everyone cares about).