Lookie Loo

I have a love/hate relationship with Craigslist. You see when your local craigslist is NYC there are many ups and downs.


First off there normally a billion things for sale at any given time. Good yes, but really annoying as you try to click through each one and open it to see the images.


Because it’s the NYC craigslist by the time something has been posted for a couple of hours it’s normally already gone. I have emailed time and time again wanting an item  and rarely get  a response back.


Now I can’t change problem 2, but problem 1 just got a bit easier for me.


I may be the last person to know this, but just in case I’m not I figured I would share.


My latest love is Craiglook. With Craiglook I enter a description of what I’m looking for, my zipcode and a number of surrounding miles that I’m willing to travel to.


Click search and it pulls up all the posts with images in an organized fashion! My home page is full of image after image with a brief description, location and cost!



Ah so much easier!


If you use firefox you can also use Craigstoolbox  to preview images. I use google chrome so craiglook is what I always use.


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30 Responses to Lookie Loo

  1. Blissfully Enamored says:

    so helpful!!!! i had no idea about this!! good luck finding fun stuff!!!

    check out my little giveaway on my blog!!

  2. Breakfast for Dinner says:

    Cool! I hate using Craigslist for that very simple reason that you have to click through every single link. Problem solved. Thanks!

  3. bluehydrangea says:

    This is the best news ever!! It bugged the hell out of me that I couldn't see pics unless I clicked on the description…I'm off to check it out!

  4. PS~Erin says:

    wonderful tool! Thank you! I shy away from it as well bc of the same reasons. I'm on the other end right now, with a lot listed and people are just weird with wanting info NOW and then not responding back.

  5. Carrie says:

    wow, craiglook is really cool – thanks for the tip!

  6. Elisa @ whatthevita says:

    LOVE THIS, thank you!
    Also – you can go on craig's list and go to furniture, then click on "owner" on any listing then you'll get a page with pictures next to the names.. I guess this is good for only private owner ads, not dealers. This is how I do it – but its limited to furniture.

  7. Sanity Fair says:

    I can't imagine how awesome Craig's list New York would be. Great finds. I've tried it in several cities – Washington, D.C. has especially good stuff on the "List"!

  8. Sarah @ Dream In Domestic says:

    Thank you! This is so helpful!!!!

  9. bazaarofserendipity says:

    NO way! this is sooo rad!

  10. sara says:

    Wow, I love this and can't wait to check it out – what a time saver! Thanks so much for sharing!

  11. A Perfect Gray says:

    OK, this is gonna make it a lot easier…thanks!

  12. Katie says:

    good idea!

  13. Emily says:

    Where have I been?!? I just told my husband about it and he looked and me and said 'I use it all the time'… well, why the heck didn't he tell me?!

    THANK YOU =)

  14. Centsational Girl says:

    You are killing me with this information ! That is so incredibly helpful, but now I am even more doomed, so perhaps I should be mad, but in truth, I am so delighted with this tidbit ! Thanks for sharing !


  15. Carolyn says:

    Oh, this is not what I needed. As someone who gave up CL for Lent, and then w/i a week after Easter bought another dining room set, not what I needed at all…

  16. sara says:

    What a great find! Thanks for sharing Camila. In San Francisco, it's quite the same, the items go so fast. Especially chairs! You won't believe the troubles I've had with chair deals gone bad. It bugs me when people say they will sell chairs separately and then they decide they want to "hold out" on the whole set, gets me everytime! I'll be sure to check out Craiglook :)

  17. Alexandra Rae says:

    You are the best!! I have the same prob in LA. This will make me fall in love with Craigslist all over again!

  18. Kim says:

    Oh! This is fantastic! Thanks for the info. Can't wait to go hunting and not have to pull my hair out.

  19. LiveLikeYou says:

    Thank You!! How helpful. Working on a shelter redesign project and have spent many hours getting beyond frustrated on Craig's list!

  20. Deb(bie Debbie Doo) says:

    interesting tool – i'll have to play around w/ it and see if it works for me :)

    a new trend i'm seeing over here is people not putting a price in the price box but in the title – so when i put in a max. price i get all these things higher than i'm looking for – really getting on my nerves

  21. madamesoleil says:

    Craiglook looks awesome! I will have to give that a try. My husband just scored a Big Green Egg (smoker/every man's dream grill) on CL using Google alerts (www.google.com/alerts). Just enter something specific you are hoping someone'll be selling and set the site to your local Craigslist. Then it will send you an email within hours of someone posting it. It has helped us stay ahead of the game in the competitive DC CL market.

  22. The Brick Cottage says:

    Yes! I use Craiglook and it's made all the difference in finding stuff on CL.

  23. Rachel @ La Bella Bungalow says:

    Ok. This is revolutionary. I had no idea this existed. So much easier! Thank you!

  24. Mrs. Chic says:

    YAY, this is what I need, even though I don't live in NYC – I still feel – the its how many miles away!! And i'll be able to weed out all the junk much faster, thanks so much for sharing

  25. Nancy says:

    I know the feeling as I'm typing now I have about 146 posts to look through. I will definitely check out Craiglook.com.

  26. Hampton says:

    great information I have the same problem with the NY Craigslist–I seem to spend hours and not really get anywhere!

  27. BeeHive says:

    I'm so frustrated with the DC CL because I get dozens of spammy responses to everything I list for sale. It's such a pain to try to figure out which ones are from truly interested people. I'd love a service that can sort that for me!

  28. Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue says:

    This is new to me, Thanks! I have something Im looking for and this will make it much easier!

  29. Morgan says:

    THANK YOU for sharing! So amazing :). I have the same frustrations with Craigslist and I did not know about Craigslook!


  30. Bromeliad says:

    Great tip. I have the same problem with Craigslist and I never heard of this.

    Now if only they could make one for Apartment Therapy so I can keep up.

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