These days, it’s not unheard of to look for an apartment, furniture, a job, or even some romance on Craigslist, the website that essentially serves as the world’s largest classifieds section. Craig Newmark started Craigslist in 1995 as an email newsletter detailing events in the San Francisco area. Today, the site is comprised of more than 700 local sites in 70 countries across the globe, and amasses 60 million users in the United States each month alone.
With that many people posting about local activities, jobs, housing, and for-sale goods, it’s easy to get lost amid the many categories of offerings. You could go on Craigslist in search of a new armoire or antique mirror for sale in your area, and get off three hours later having come no closer to finding those pieces. Happily, several individuals have taken it upon themselves to organize various Craigslist categories in nuanced ways, helping the average user to find exactly what they are looking for, faster. One of these people is Nadja Spiegelman, daughter of legendary American graphic novelist Art Spiegelman, whose new Tumblr page Curated Craigslist brings a welcomed refinement to the stark visage of the popular website.
Curated Craigslist, launched on New Year’s Day 2014, was created to help New Yorkers find beautiful vintage and modern home furnishings in their neighborhoods. The fact is, as accessible and wide reaching as Craigslist is, there is just so much stuff to sift through before you’re able to find exactly what you’re looking for. Spiegelman’s new blog helps New Yorkers by rummaging through the junk for them, and showcasing the hidden gems of Craigslist.
Paris-based Spiegelman recently told The Fast Company that she originally started the blog out of homesickness. “I would often look at craigslist when I missed New York,” she explains. “It was a way of getting a voyeuristic window into the most mundane parts of people’s lives.” Spiegelman posts to Curated Craigslist only a handful of times each day, but the treasures she finds are remarkable. The Tumblr blog consists of images of the curated items with links back to their original posts on Craigslist, and are organized by New York City neighborhoods in both Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Today, Spiegelman found a dark, satiny “Midcentury sleeper sofa” in Park Slope, a functional art-deco bookcase in Bushwick, and a gorgeous gold-framed floor mirror in Carroll Gardens. She’s found everything from funky cowhide chairs to reclaimed wood tables, and The Fast Company explains how “Nadja has a keen eye, both for design and for bargains.” If you’re a New York resident looking for a great piece of furniture for your place, look no further than Curated Craigslist.
Images: via Curated Craigslist