How To Get The Most Out Of Your Craigslist Post & Garage Sale

Posted 9 months ago by

‘Tis the season for spring cleaning and garage sales! It’s time to part with what’s getting in the way (i.e. your unused snowboard or record collection) so you can buy what you really want (i.e. a pair of Warby Parker’s or a Marc Jacobs bag).

Here’s how to get the most out of your Craigslist post and your weekend garage sale:

1. Write a clear headline

Most people on Craigslist are looking for something specific. Write a detailed headline for what you’re offering, and don’t YELL AT YOUR AUDIENCE or use annoying characters (*#$$+@&*&*).

2. Balance creativity with clarity in your post

Write a clear, descriptive post about what you are selling. Include all item details and dimensions.

3. Use lists

When posting a garage sale, list all of the items for sale in the post. Lists are also good for including details about one particular item for sale.

4. Include images

Use your own pictures instead of linking to similar items on websites. People prefer seeing photos of the exact item for sale.

5. Price your item(s) right

Do a bit of research to see what the market rate is for each item you are selling, and be open to negotiation and bartering.

6. Have your garage sale outdoors with family & friends

Don’t invite strangers over when you’re alone, or invite anyone into your home. Keep your doors locked as you will likely be distracted during the sale.

7. Accept cash only

Don’t use a cash box; keep the cash on you.

8. Be open to meeting new friends.

We have heard countless stories about people meeting friends and significant others while buying/selling items via craigslist. Be friendly!

*It’s very important to take the same common sense precautions online as you would offline. Read all of the Craigslist safety tips and familiarize yourself with common online scams.

Happy selling!


Start Counting Down: New Year’s Resolutions for Your Apartment!

Posted 2 years ago by

Your body and bank account aren’t the only ones in need of a change. This year, instead of focusing on losing weight or saving money– make a New Year’s resolution you can keep. Your apartment needs some love too; make 2013 about keeping your home comfortable without spending too much (or any) cash.

Do a Deep Clean

Sure you keep the floors swept and dishes done, but what about the less noticeable areas that collect dust? Start the year off by doing your apartment a favor— a serious deep clean. Wipe down all the baseboards and door frames. Using soft soap and water, clean the top of the fridge and the cabinets in your kitchen and bathroom. Dust fans and vents with a cloth and all-purpose cleaner, and wash lighting fixtures (after turning them off). Look around and ask yourself when was the last time you shook the bathroom rugs out or washed the living room draperies. Even if items don’t look dirty, they could be full of dust and ready for a serious deep clean.

No More Postponing

If you’ve been putting something off, saying “I’ll get to that later,” later is now here! Hang at least one picture you’ve been wanting to hang. Put up the bamboo shades you bought to switch out with the old plastic blinds that came with the apartment. Rotate your mattress. Take your pile of items waiting to be donated to Goodwill. Tackle those sewing projects that have been sitting in a pile waiting to be mended. Instead of setting lofty goals this year— just do what you said you’d get around to.

Clear Clutter

Clutter can cause stress because it inhibits the flow of daily life. Entryways tend to be the most congested area of an apartment or home, mostly because that’s where we take off our shoes and dump our belongings at the end of the day. Even if it’s stuff you regularly need and use, find a way to organize it. Start by mounting hooks to the wall to hang coats, purses or school bags. Place a multifunctional ottoman near the entry table so you can have somewhere to sit and take off your shoes, then store them in it until later. Set up a system that works for you so you’re more likely to stick with it for the entire year.

Go Green

Showering is one of the main ways we use water, and it accounts for nearly 17 percent of American residential indoor water use, according to This year, tackle water waste (and save money, too) by going green. Install low-flow shower heads and water faucets in your bathroom and kitchen to save water and heater energy— which in turn will lower your utility bills. Low-flow shower heads can be purchased at home repair stores and start at about $10. The EPA suggests using products that bear the WaterSense label— proof that the product uses no more than 2.0 gallons of water per minute. Standard shower heads use 2.5 GPM.

What’s your New Year’s resolution this year? Let us know in the comments below!