Earlier in the year I listed some goals I had, and one of them was to save enough money for new living room furniture. I've also mentioned that I want to get an Ektorp sectional from IKEA. I actually need a chair, too; together, the ones I want would cost $1248 (before tax and not counting the 600 mile round-trip drive to Chicago).
I have been checking craigslist regularly for any Ektorp item, thinking if it was a good deal I could manage with a regular sofa or whatever. Not too many came up, and what I did see was already sold...they go fast here since we don't have our own IKEA.
Then last week I remembered Search Tempest, which will search all of the craigslists within the range you give it. I put in 200 miles from my zipcode.
Lo and behold, 90 miles from us was a listing for an Ektorp sectional, less than one year old and in pristine, virtually unused condition. The ad was almost a month old, and I was afraid it would be sold already, but it wasn't, and I got my sectional for $500, instead of $899 plus tax!
It has the black cover, instead of the light brown that I want. But the beauty of Ektorp is that you can buy new covers relatively inexpensively. The chair with the light brown cover I want, plus a light brown cover for the sectional will cost $548 (before tax).
That makes my total $1048. How much do I have saved up?
That's pretty darn awesome. And now I have a black Ektorp sectional cover for sale. Know anybody who's looking for one?