Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Another Craigslist Bargain

Back in April, I saw this cherry buffet advertised on Craigslist for $300.00.  I really liked it but didn’t want to spend $300 for it so I just bookmarked the ad and kept checking on it periodically. 

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Every 2 or 3 weeks, the seller would renew the ad.  After several weeks she lowered the price to $275.00.  A couple more weeks passed and she dropped the price to $250.   When she reduced the price to $225 two weeks ago, that was more in the ballpark of what I was willing to pay so I told my hubby we needed to make arrangements to go see it. 
Since the buffet had been listed for so long, I had a feeling the seller might be tired of messing with it so I thought I’d take a chance and see if she would take $160 for it. 
She countered with $200. 
I came back with an offer of  $180. 
She agreed to the $180 commenting, “Yeah, I’m just ready for it to be gone!”  
The moral of the story…  never be afraid to (politely) haggle a little over the price of a Craigslist item, especially if you know it has been for sale for a while!

Linking to:   Thrifty Thursday #72 @ Tales From Bloggeritaville

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                       Today’s Thrifty Treasures @ Southern Hospitality

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21 comments:

Wendy said...

You did good! It looks beautiful and in perfect condition! Way to go for hanging in there and getting an awesome deal :)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh it is just gorgeous. What a great find and I love the price too. You really did good. Hugs, Marty

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow Shari, it is beautiful. I was just looking on Craigslist tonight. We've been to Southern Hospitality today and bought a dining room set and sofa. Little by little, bit by bit. Painting starts tomorrow. Woo-hoo!

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Decorchick! said...

Yay I'm your 100th follower!! hehe. Total score on that buffet it's gorgeous!!

Sue said...

Hi Shari- This looks to be a pretty nice piece of furniture. Does it have a manufacturer name inside the drawer? I ask because I'm in the furniture biz.
I agree that you can always bargain with the seller. Don't you think it's expected? I've been able to bargain down the price each time I've bought something.
Happy 4th of July!
Sue

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh--it's beautiful! You must be SOOO excited!!!
HUGS,
Cindy

Willow said...

You were the lucky one. That is one pretty piece of furniture.

Willow

Michele's Treasures, Teacups, and Tumbling Rose Cottage said...

It's gorgeous!! Good for you. ; )
~Michele

A Hopeful Heart said...

Oh, that is beautiful!!! I guess the adage is true...good things come to him who waits.

Have a lovely day,
Patti (Fill My Cup with Beauty)

Adrienne said...

What a good deal on a gorgeous new treasure! Can't wait to see it in your new home and have a chance to enjoy it all over again. I'm shopping CraigsList for some things and you've given me hope that I'll find what I'm looking for if I don't give up!
~Adrienne~

Cindy said...

Shari,
Good for you! This piece is absolutely gorgeous!!!
Hugs, Cindy S

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

Girlfriend, you asre the ACE craigslist buyer! Another great piece. I can't to see the makeover on this one. Are you going to paint it white?

Debbie

Carol @ The Roseberry Cottage said...

Shari,
Great find! Are you going to paint it white?
Have a great 4th!!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Wow!
I love the deal you got! What a beautiful buffet and a great price!
Way to go!!!
Cindy

Patti said...

What a gorgeous piece...lucky you!! I want one :-)

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh, "Craigslist bargain" -- honey, you are talking my language!

I have also gotten some amazing bargains on Craigslist, often stalking items as they go lower in price; it pays to be patient!

Your buffet is gorgeous!
Enjoy it.
And have a happy 4th of July!
Cass

Bounty Huntress said...

Gorgeous piece!

Amy Lynne said...

It's beautiful! I love the bargain price too!

Susan said...

What a beautiful piece of furniture and you got it for such a great price. Good work!

Mimi said...

Beautiful piece of furniture. Sometimes it pays to be patient and willing to negotiate.

The Stylish House said...

Shari,
I want to thank you for posting my daughter Heather’s photo and link to her story on your sidebar. Your generosity is heartfelt and deeply appreciated. A Good Samaritan stepped forward and was approved by the transplant team to begin testing. Nothing is certain, but we are hopeful. I updated the original post, but I’m leaving it up in case we need to find a new donor if this doesn’t work out.
I had the false sense of security coming from a large family someone would be a match when the time came. Over 25 friends and family offered, but none turned out to be Heather’s blood type. At this point I made the decision to use my blog to reach out to people. The actor Robert Redford’s son has the same disease as Heather and they produced a documentary called “The Kindness of Strangers” to spread the word about the importance of organ donation. Heather was the picture of health growing up so her illness was completely unexpected. The kindness of strangers is exactly what happens in transplants and I know I’m forever changed by this experience. I’m sorry to take up so much room on your post, but thank you, thank your, thank you for helping us in our time of need.
Hugs, Cathy

P.S. Your new sideboard is a wonderful find and I love you got it for such a fantastic price!