Friday, May 27, 2011

Frugal Fridays - Craigslist, IKEA and Pinching a Penny (Or Two)

We've done some rearranging here at Chez Charming. We were moving Lili (AKA Baby Girl #4) into the little bedroom with her three big sisters. This necessitated moving some shelves around, moving even more books and toys around and, generally, trashing my house.

Only temporarily. We ended up with this empty space:
Now, it wasn't supposed to be empty. It was supposed to have a big, beautiful, EXPEDIT from IKEA in that space. Except...I just couldn't stand the thought of borrowing a truck and driving all the way to IKEA (45 minutes away) and spending the money.

I'm frugal, after all.

So, what's a frugal chick to do? Watch Craigslist, of course. One thing I knew: with an IKEA within an hour of our house, there would be people trying to sell the things they bought there.

So I watched Craigslist like a hawk and this is how:
You see my clumsy arrow and circle? That's the RSS button (Really Simple Syndication) in the lower right hand corner of a Craigslist page. I searched in a Craigslist category (furniture) for IKEA. Then I pushed the RSS button and subscribed to the feed. So all the listings that matched my search criteria went straight to my Google Reader.

A few days later, someone listed the largest size EXPEDIT for sale, half off of the new price. We called immediately. Two days later my husband, brother, and dad (with the help of my brother-in-law's truck) moved this monster lovely thing into my living room:
Then I filled the shelves for the first time. (Because, let's be honest, I'm constantly rearranging them. You see here my sister, brother-in-law and mom enjoying them as they were for my birthday party.).

Exactly what I wanted, perfect condition, half price, closer to our house, and already assembled. That's a frugal win right there. (Now if I could just decide what I want for the top of the shelf...)

I'm watching three different Craigslist feeds in my Reader right now. And before my husband panics, I hasten to assure you that they are all for small things.

This post is linked to Frugal Fridays at Life as Mom.


silly eagle books said...

awesome. :) I love the expedit shelves.


Karin said...

Congrats and your fantastic find!

Lea Ann @WhateverStateIAm said...

I just bought that same shelf system this weekend! I'm using it to organize my music library in the front living room. Fun, right? I love it.

Lisa said...

I love that! I can't wait to see it in person :)

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