Baby’s require lots of gear. And consequently, lots of cash! So when it’s possible I always like to buy used items first before trying to purchase something brand new.
Monitoring multiple websites every day for items you need can be a huge time suck. Instead, I like to set up specific alerts for items I am seeking. That way as soon as an item I’m wanting is listed I’m sure to be first in line. Alerts save me time and (hopefully) gives me a first-come, first-serve edge to any competing offers.
One of my favorite places to search for used baby items is Craigslist. And here is how I set up alerts on their platform.
Keep in mind you will need to first sign up for an account in order to complete these next steps.
Log in to your account
Go to https://accounts.craigslist.org and log in to your account.
Navigate back to the main search page
Navigate back to your main search page. The will be different depending on the city you are searching within. My main screen looks like this.
I then click on the “For Sale” link so that it encompasses all categories that people may list their items under (eg: baby+kid, furniture, etc).
Search for your item
On the next page search for the item you would like to track in the search box and then click “save search” next to the search icon.
Manage your saved searches
Once you click on the save search link you will be taken to a new screen where you can edit your saved searches.
You can easily toggle the search on and off by clicking the check mark on the left hand side. Or you can delete the searches you no longer need under the “manage” section on the right hand side.
And it’s as easy as that! Once an item is listed that matches your search criteria you will be sent an email to the address associated with your account.
Sending you lots of luck on scoring some great used items!