Post # 1
I’m just checking out the free section ads in the furniture section in craigslist? I don’t feel so comfortable getting any types of material, cloth furniture like couches, blankets or beds. Bookshelves, tables, chairs… I think are fine. What if you shampoo the couch and wash the blankets, as you would anyways, would you be okay getting either free or buying on CL? Have you bought anything on CL?
Post # 3
The only thing I’ve purchased from Craigslist was a recumbent exercise bike – it worked out great, no sketch factor. I would never go after cloth/fabric items like you mentioned. Couches, recliners, mattresses, etc. would all be a no-go because I just don’t like the idea of bring a stranger’s permeable objects into my home, washable or no. But I have picked up coffee tables, lamps, etc. off the street during my city’s annual “Hippie Christmas” (when all of the college students move between apartments and end up leaving most of their large possessions on the curb in front of their old place), and I would use Craigslist for similar items.
Post # 4
I’ve never gotten anything for free, but I have bought some dining chairs (wood) and a few dressers. All were from clean environments and nice, normal people. We always have a “code word” type of deal when we go somewhere. Like if I say “oh I think it’s going to be too big, that’s too bad!” then Darling Husband knows I’m skeeved out and don’t want to buy lol.
Post # 5
Same as PP – I have never gotten anything for free, but purchased a set for our spare bedroom. It was from a nice married couple who had recently moved and didn’t have room for it.
Post # 6
I’m fine with clothing, and I got a vinyl couch for almost-free on Craigslist. I was able to wash it down really well. Bedbugs aren’t a huge problem in San Diego, so I wasn’t too worried.
Post # 7
Gotten tons of stuff free. Personal rule is nothing with non-detachable fabric (Any fabric that can be put into a boiling hot washing machine is fine) or that requires more fixing than it’s worth.
Post # 8
@Bebealways: True about non-detachable fabric. That’s why I’m not too comfortable with used mattresses.
Post # 9
@echolove: I could never buy a used mattress off the site. Too icky to think about what might be living or crawling inside.
We have typically only sold things through craigslist. However, I think solid furniture with hard surfaces you could easily disinfect would be fine. I’ve seen plenty of baby things listed (bumbo seats, toys) that seem barely used and a fraction of the price to buy them new.
side note: I’m typing this on my iPad, and it kept auto correcting “bumbo” to bimbo, haha