Admittedly, shopping the Facebook Marketplace seems... fraught with peril. You know, of the Stephen King novel, ax murderers, evil clowns in sewers variety. But once you think about it, it's not that much different than Ebay, really. And a whole lot safer than Craigslist! Facebook has a lot of rules and safeguards in place to keep you safe while you shop.
You can find all kinds of local goodies, from toys, to yard sale ads, to vintage furniture. A lot of times, the items aren't that expensive, but good quality. For instance, my mom bought a huge bag of curtains for practically the whole house for 20 dollars! They're not cheap curtains, either, they're very nice at one point expensive curtains, the lady who sold them to us was just downsizing.
My brother got himself a rather beat up duster that he uses for his gunslinger/Firefly Browncoat costume, not to mention to keep himself dry shoveling walks in the wintertime. Yeah, it doesn't particularly look that spiffy, but it does the job.
As for myself, I've made most of my most recent doll purchases on the Marketplace, and mainly from one person. The prices, even with shipping, are better than Ebay most of the time. I have never had a bad interaction with anyone I've contacted over the Marketplace. Because everyone is pretty much local (my favorite doll vendor is the farthest away in Syracuse), you're dealing with your neighbors and friends. In fact, it's a pretty good way to meet your neighbors. I got to meet a lovely lady who was downsizing her kid's toy collection this last time and purchased a lovely Monster High bus. It's gonna be a sweet prop for my photos and table. That was a lovely interaction and I hope maybe I'll be able to buy from her again.
In short, Facebook Marketplace is a great resource for the thrifty person with an eye for finding the diamonds in the rough and good for the local economy to boot. I would really encourage our readers to give it a try, you never you what you'll find!
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