Saturday, August 2, 2008


You most likely know about the beauty of Craigslist. You, like me, might look for cheap-o vendors in the "services" section. You might scroll through the "for sale" section to see if there's anything that strikes your fancy -- vases, decorations, wedding dresses, or unwanted wedding/engagement rings. Or, you might just type "wedding" into the search box and see what pops up. It's fun; I'm sure you know.

But what if you're looking for a particular item, and you've exhausted all of your local search options (Craigslist, consignment shops, yard sales, etc) with no luck? You're pretty sure someone, somewhere, is selling what you're looking for, but you don't know how to find them, short of hitting every single Craigslist site out there.

Enter: Google.

I love you, Google.

First, Google "craigslist." The first link it returns is the one you want. Below it, you'll see hotlinks to some of the biggest/most popular Craigslist locations. Below that, you'll see another search box, that says, "Search"

Use that search box to type in your query. Say, for instance, you're looking for paper lanterns; they're light, they're cheap to ship, and they're likely to be resold after other brides use them in their weddings (yes, they're very trendy right now, but that's not stopping me from using them). Just type in "paper lantern" -- everything that comes back will be from a Craigslist posting. And if, for some reason, you are picky about where it comes from, the first part of each URL it returns will be the host city. I got 148 hits back.

Not bad!

And if you're a Google fiend and like search shortcuts, here's the one you want:

search term (italics not necessary, of course)

A Craigslist-specific search every time!


Amanda said...

oh crap holly :( we just left the 60 or so paper lanterns that we used for our wedding at the museum because i had no clue what to do with them and had no way of storing them (and no time to unfold them, etc). i think the event manager just threw them out. i don't know if they would have been the right colors for you anyway but i should have planned better to save them.

hwong14 said...

oh don't worry! i saw them in your wedding pictures and i was going to ask, but no big deal! we're using white, purple, and green, and so far i've found a bunch of people who are getting rid of their white ones. btw, i just saw your honeymoon pics, and we're thinking about going there, too! i might have to pick your brain about what you did.