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I Can't Believe I found this on FB Marketplace for this price. What have you found that you really wanted at a great price?

Panina

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What have you found that you really wanted at a great price?

I saw in another thread that we had some thrifters so I decided to share my find. I had a studio co-op I sold last year furnished.

There was one recliner I loved. I got it at Bloomingdales Outlet Center years ago in NJ for $800. It was a great price as it regular retail was in the $3000's. I wanted to move the chair to Florida but between the moving expense and dealing with coop rules, one being to lay wood boards on the hallway carpeting, I decided not to move it and sold the place furnished.

I actually checked Bloomingdale's thinking maybe I will buy it new when they have their furniture sale and they discontinued carrying it this past year. Just the other day I said I wish I took the chair.

Last night I was looking on Facebook marketplace and someone had it listed for $149. I went to look at it this morning. It was in a community where homes cost a couple of million dollars. The home was unbelievable.

The chair was mint. It looks like no one ever used it. I got a moving company to deliver it for $75.

I am one happy girl!
 

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moonstone

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We love FB Marketplace! Soon after my dad moved into a retirement home I was looking on FB Marketplace for a new recliner for him as the one we moved from his house was old and the seat springs were blown out so he sat on a pillow. I was skimming through the ads and found an add for an electric lift recliner chair that had just been posted. Those lift chairs will almost stand you up or you can recline it to almost a lay flat position with the touch of a button. The colour was acceptable and it appeared to be in good shape. They were asking $250. (Cndn). I know when my MiL bought one for FiL many years ago they cost around $2000.(Cndn.) new. I made arrangements to go over to see the chair and it looked brand new. The twist ties were still on the electrical cable and the young guy selling it said his dad never plugged it in, only used it for a week or so before entering the hospital where he eventually passed away. The family just wanted rid of the ''big ugly chair as he called it! I handed over the cash then DH and I wrestled it into our van and then up to dad's apartment, where we found out the back comes off and it can be moved easily! Dad used it for 2 years and thought it was the greatest thing, especially during his last few months when he had difficulty standing up from a sitting position. After dad passed away I steam cleaned it and put an ad on FB Marketplace. The chair sold for $300. within 2 days to a gentleman awaiting hip replacement surgery and the guy offered DH an extra $50 if he would deliver it, which he did, since it was just a few miles from dad's apartment.


When we took over our St. Augustine condo (from it being rented out full time) and had to furnish it, we got a lot of the furniture off FB Marketplace. We went to look at a dresser with mirror for the spare bedroom and when we got there and said we'd take it, the woman said she'd throw in the matching night table if we would take both of them right then. Both pieces were very well made and no scratches or dents and the mirror is huge. We thought the dresser/mirror price was a deal at $75.(US) and then to get the night table thrown in was a bonus!

Our other great purchase was a large round glass dining table with 4 large chairs. The guy selling it was going through a divorce and moving in with a rich girlfriend so he just wanted the set out of his house. We paid his asking price of $150.(US) and when we realized how heavy the piece of glass was he offered to help DH carry it and the other pieces out to our van, ride with us to our condo to help carry it up the stairs (to 2nd floor). We offered to give him extra money but he refused, but he did accept a beer, then DH drove him back to his house. I love my glass table even though every finger and arm print shows on it and the chairs are hard to slide on the carpet, but that is hopefully getting replaced with vinyl plank flooring this winter.
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~Diane
 

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I’ve started selling more and more items on marketplace since eBay has raised their sellers fees to about 15% and you don’t get your money from them for about 3 days.
 

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I found some nice baby items so I could have a pack and play, walker, etc, at my house for my grandkids.

I also like to use them to get rid of things. Seems like better people to deal with. I hesitate to give things away for free as that seems to attract a larger group of no shows. The pickups/coordinations can be challenging. I try to make them as convenient as possible - in my driveway when I'll be home anyways.

My daughter replaced most all of the amazing crystal chandeliers in her house. One of them I managed to keep at my house and sold on marketplace. My learning curve - it sold immediately to someone in NJ and I am in NE. Shipping was more than I sold it for. She paid for it, but didn't want to pay enough to cover the shipping. I cancelled the transaction and did more research realizing the true value of it. I hated to do that and mess up my score, but yikes. I ended up selling it to someone that was driving from somewhere in the south to a trade show in Sioux Falls, SD. He was able to stop and pick it up. He examined every piece of crystal, packed it carefully (he was here for an hour). The key was someone that could pick up, and letting it sit, for quite some time, until someone who knew it's worth saw it and wanted it. AND that DH put up with it taking up a shelf in the garage for I bet a year. I got (well my daughter did) $250 for something "worth" several thousand dollars new.

When we moved my mother out of her assisted living/memory care, I posted her bed for free. Someone that needed one that was moving into a college dorm came and picked it up. That helped us dispose of it, and they were thankful to have a new bed. Being free created lots of interest, we also had some no shows - and we only had one day to move things (I went back to MA for just a few days to help). Other items got moved to her garage and I was able to post and vet interest to help get rid of other things. Being in her garage, I could coordinate my nephew (who lives in her house) being home, etc. I wouldn't have someone meet his fiance.

One day when walking the dog, a neighbor a block down had put first come, first serve outdoor furniture (in perfect condition) on the curb with a sign. Coincidentally, my daughter was renting a uhaul that day to pick some things up at my house. Unbelievably good timing. She still comments on how lucky she was and how much she loves it (this is DD#2 - not the chandelier daughter, BTW).

Back to marketplace, I think over the years more sketchy people are on. Have to be a little more careful. Still a great place to buy and sell.

Congrats on your amazing finds @Panina and @moonstone

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I've been busy making other people happy with the bargains I've been posting on FB Mktpl. One lady paid me more than I asked for a piece a furniture because it was nicer than expected. Another lady and her daughter were delighted to find a matching chair for her new home.

I've been wanting to move back to IN for months, but I recently heard that home sales in PHX are the slowest they have been since 2007. I've got 2 showings later today - so, fingers crossed. I really loved some pieces I sold including a Pilates machine (man, was that a hot item!), but it makes no sense to move them.
 

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I found some nice baby items so I could have a pack and play, walker, etc, at my house for my grandkids.

I also like to use them to get rid of things. Seems like better people to deal with. I hesitate to give things away for free as that seems to attract a larger group of no shows. The pickups/coordinations can be challenging. I try to make them as convenient as possible - in my driveway when I'll be home anyways.

My daughter replaced most all of the amazing crystal chandeliers in her house. One of them I managed to keep at my house and sold on marketplace. My learning curve - it sold immediately to someone in NJ and I am in NE. Shipping was more than I sold it for. She paid for it, but didn't want to pay enough to cover the shipping. I cancelled the transaction and did more research realizing the true value of it. I hated to do that and mess up my score, but yikes. I ended up selling it to someone that was driving from somewhere in the south to a trade show in Sioux Falls, SD. He was able to stop and pick it up. He examined every piece of crystal, packed it carefully (he was here for an hour). The key was someone that could pick up, and letting it sit, for quite some time, until someone who knew it's worth saw it and wanted it. AND that DH put up with it taking up a shelf in the garage for I bet a year. I got (well my daughter did) $250 for something "worth" several thousand dollars new.

When we moved my mother out of her assisted living/memory care, I posted her bed for free. Someone that needed one that was moving into a college dorm came and picked it up. That helped us dispose of it, and they were thankful to have a new bed. Being free created lots of interest, we also had some no shows - and we only had one day to move things (I went back to MA for just a few days to help). Other items got moved to her garage and I was able to post and vet interest to help get rid of other things. Being in her garage, I could coordinate my nephew (who lives in her house) being home, etc. I wouldn't have someone meet his fiance.

One day when walking the dog, a neighbor a block down had put first come, first serve outdoor furniture (in perfect condition) on the curb with a sign. Coincidentally, my daughter was renting a uhaul that day to pick some things up at my house. Unbelievably good timing. She still comments on how lucky she was and how much she loves it (this is DD#2 - not the chandelier daughter, BTW).

Back to marketplace, I think over the years more sketchy people are on. Have to be a little more careful. Still a great place to buy and sell.

Congrats on your amazing finds @Panina and @moonstone

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I use to sell much more on FB Marketplace but now I am just donating it to good organizations. One is Faith Farm that has a great program helping those who have a drug problem. I have also purchased some nice pieces from them.

When my other half was getting ready to sell his house, he needed to get rid of some large pieces quickly to stage his house. He listed them on Facebook marketplace for free and quickly they were taken.
 
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After my wife died in 2021, I had boxes of Harry Potter books and merchandise that I no longer wanted. I put it on FB. A couple of 30-something came and looked at it, but left wanting to think about it. Then, I received a message from a mother whose son (around 10) loves HP, they were going to Universal the next day, and they wanted to come and get it for him. They came by, the kid was in the back seat of their minivan, and when I loaded the two boxes of merch in the back, the kid's eyes were as big as plates! When I thought about it afterwards, my wife - who loved kids - would be pleased knowing her stuff went to a kid vs adults.
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I have a Walton Manufacturing hutch desk that I bought 26 years ago. It's a beautiful solid oak desk, but our kids don't want it, and I don't use it, except to store cookbooks and old computer equipment. I didn't want to just give it away, but we may have to. I tried to figure out how to repurpose it, but we have no space for this massive piece.

I am going to have to figure out where to put the cookbooks, as there are dozens of them in that desk. But do I use my cookbooks? Nope. I go to allrecipes.com.
 

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We've gotten quite a few things off of FB - but not from marketplace - instead from our local "buy nothing" group. I've given away quite a few things in the group and also received a few different things (lap desk, nightstand, etc). Once, following an estate sale, someone posted that anything left in the house was up for taking. It was a giant house and there were chandeliers, full dining sets, cookware, etc. - it was wild!
 

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We moved in March, and I gave away so many items on our local Freecycle Facebook site. But a few items had no takers, no lookers. So I put them on Marketplace for $20, and sold all of them! Perhaps buyers search for items and giftees just look at everything and see what they can use.
 

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I got Lexington Tommy Bahama chest and media cabinet ($5K) for $650 for our coastal home. Had to drive 2 hours to pick up one--DH and I swung by a good place on the way back for dinner--so I call it a field trip. I've also gotten some fab deal on Nextdoor from people moving in our neighborhood--and once they even had the moving truck deliver to us down the street from them! I think FB/Nextdoor furniture quests have replaced "managing" my TS portfolio! 😂
 
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