“Craig's List is [...] more akin to an American-style garage sale or a European-style flea market, but that's what I love about it.”I've just gotten back from my first successful Craig's List buying adventure. Craig's List is sort of a listing of classified advertisements, but extremely real-time, as opposed to waiting for publication in a newspaper. It's like eBay, except that you list your "asking price" for items. Maybe it's more akin to an American-style garage sale or a European-style flea market, but that's what I love about it.
I've tried twice before, unsuccessfully, to get some furniture, but either the quality was too poor or the asking price was too high. I am pleased that it finally worked out this time.
Craig's List has several sections, not just furniture. Before we moved out here, we tried to find an apartment or rental house using the ads on Craig's List, but we didn't get a lot of responses. Most of them were cookie-cutter replies asking us to stop by on the weekend to look at the open house and submit applications. Since we were out of town--WAY out of town--we never were able to participate. Now that we live here, Craig's List is much more useful. It does still have the strong limitation that you have to be within driving distance of whatever you're transacting about, and you have to do a lot of work yourself (like pick up items). So, it's not quite like eBay because on eBay, you usually have the chance to have an item shipped to you.
All in all, I think Craig's List is a great resource. You could outfit an entire house or apartment with little to no money--which would have been incredibly useful to us when we moved to Germany. Or, you could liquidate everything you own much easier than we did when we left Germany. Oh, how I wish we'd had this resource while we were there! In the mean time, check out the Craig's List in your area, because there's a "local" version for nearly every city in the US and for many countries in the world!