I realized when I wrote the most recent installment of the Whole Enchilada Apartment Checklist that I never wrote about three (literally) big craigslist purchases we made before moving into our apartment last summer- our couch, rug, and washer and dryer.
We were moving to an apartment with two living spaces from an apartment with one very small living space. We planned to use my couch from the tiny apartment in our study, which left our new living room couchless. We wanted a couch that would be able to fit the three of us (Matt, Finn, and myself), so a sofa with an attached chaise was the best fit for the room and our needs. Between moving expenses, a big dog who we like to have on the couch, and knowing we might not be in this apartment for more than a year and therefore might need a different couch next year, we decided to keep our sofa investment to a minimum. Enter craigslist!
Naturally, I scoured craigslist for months leading up to our move. I’m one of those people that likes to feel settled as soon as possible after moving, so I really didn’t want to wait until after we moved to buy a couch. I had found a few options that might have worked, but they all came with a concession–the price was higher than we had hoped, there wasn’t an attached chaise, etc. I was feeling kind of hopeless in the week leading up to our move when Matt sent me a message– “What about this one?” with a link to the perfect friggin couch.
It’s the Ikea Nockeby in the Teno dark grey. I loved the shape–it looked very similar to a more expensive option I had seen at West Elm, and the reviews I read all raved about its durability. I liked that the slipcover was all removable if we needed to have it cleaned. The dimensions could not have been more perfect for our living room. We knew the dark grey color was the right call because of Finn. And, the price was right where we wanted to be. YAY. And that, my friends, is how Matt and I found ourselves carrying a couch down three flights of stairs on the first evening of living together.
We also bought an area rug on Craigslist prior to moving in to the new place. The rug was a crazy lucky find–it is an 8′ x 10′ West Elm rug that has been discontinued. The color is so pretty and it has held up beautifully despite lots and lots of playing with a 60 pound dog all over it. It was so inexpensive and really helps our living room feel complete.
Finally, we bought a washer and dryer on Craigslist the same weekend we moved in. We got a Maytag set from a cute couple who were expecting their first baby and wanted to replace the set with something super quiet as their nursery was right next to the laundry room. Word to the wise: if you’re using a truck to move a washer and dryer, you may want to put like…even ten seconds worth of thought into how you’re going to get the washing machine off the truck and into your home. Matt was like, “I got this, just tip the washer onto me and I’ll carry it in,” and I had a flash of me doing that and it squashing him like a bug, so we had to wait for some reinforcements. All’s well that ends with all involved parties unsquashed.
These three purchases went so far in helping us feel settled when we moved in–it was so nice to be able to start some laundry and plop on the couch for some much deserved Netflix after a long and very tiring moving weekend. It was also nice to not feel stressed out financially by what could have been three very costly purchases. Putting in the time and effort (and getting a little lucky) with our Craigslist purchases saved us so much money, which is such a good feeling.
(photo c/o: Paige Vaughn Photography)
Sometimes craigslist is just a timewaster–something fun to browse for no real reason, just to see what good finds are out there. (The neon cactus that I found and didn’t purchase still haunts me.) But sometimes craigslist is a great tool to help save money on big purchases. In both scenarios, I <3 it big time. We owe so much to ye olde Craig! You guys find anything good on the ‘list lately?
*Just to be super clear, craigslist has no clue who I am. I just like singing their praises to help more people to find great deals.