Vintage Shopping: Tips For Buying Vintage On Craigslist

With spring right around the corner spring cleaning is right behind it. It is the perfect time of year for people to purge and eliminate unwanted things and for the vintage hunter, it is peak season for finding great vintage on Craigslist. There are several strategies we want to equip you with to increase your chances of scoring something unique and at a great price, let’s begin.

Start Trolling
Always be looking. Set up a bookmark for Craigslist in your favorite web browser and check back often. The number one reason people give up looking for that rare vintage item is that they don’t see it the first time they search and don’t check back. In a matter of hours the vintage spring jacket of your dreams could appear but you have to be there to catch it.


Search Local
There’s no point finding a great vintage motorcycle in Detroit if you live in Seattle. By searching specifically by location you already increase your chances of being the proud owner just by virtue of your proximity to the seller. Which means you can give them cash fast and examine your purchase before you buy face to face, and tell if the seller is honest and legitimate.

Act Now
Like the announcer used to say in old TV commercials ‘act now while quantities last!’ you have one shot you had better make it good. When you spot the item respond to the seller immediately with an email that says how interested you are.

Versace Vintage Leather Belt

Versace Vintage Leather Belt

Become a Detective
Here’s your chance to sniff out just how rare this vintage spring jacket is, while you’re waiting for a response go online and start looking for information that give clues about the age, style, and price of the item. Ebay is a quick way to get a ballpark of what something is worth. If you don’t see one after searching, go to advanced search and look up ‘Auctions that ended’ and you will most likely get several examples of price range to compare it to.

Pounce Like a Cat
If the seller is interested in selling, and you’re the first email they received then there’s a good chance you’re first in line to buy. When they respond with ‘It’s still for sale’ make them an offer based on your Ebay research and tell them you can meet them with cash at a time and place. Try to meet within 24hrs otherwise you could loose to a buyer who offers more cash because you hesitated.

The number one rule for finding great vintage on Craigslist is persistance, keep at it and you are sure to find the rarest of vintage items.


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