Combining my love of three things: good design, scoring deals, and avoiding large stores.
  1. Search by material, not item: brass, velvet, and pine are my go-tos.
  2. Search by feel or style, not item: tufted, Deco, unfinished, Swedish
  3. Respond to ads like this, "Hi, My boyfriend and I would like to come pick this up in our truck tomorrow between 9-11 am. Here's my cell # in case you want to speed things up. Thanks, Sarah"
  4. Have boyfriend (muscle, craigslist-killer deterrant) and truck
  5. Never need something specific-this method results in cheap and awesome statement pieces