Springfield oddities find a home on Craigslist

There’s no telling what you’ll find for sale online these days.
There’s no telling what you’ll find for sale online these days.

Do you need four fixer-upper hot tubs? What about a new pet turkey to keep you company?

All of those and more can be found in Springfield on Craigslist.

Just in time for Halloween, you can find a pair of mannequins bearing the likenesses of former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ready for decorating and posing for some spooky photos (don’t ask to split them up, though — they’re an inseparable duo).

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Millions of users look to online trading sites to buy, sell, and trade items from yesteryear or maybe meet up with that special someone they missed in passing. According to StatisticBrain.com, classified advertisement web site Craigslist has 40 million new postings added monthly.

Springfield area residents have their fair share of the good, the bad and the just plain strange up for offer. For instance, one listing had a complete set of dolls modeled after former boy band N*Sync, still in their original packaging. Talk about a find.

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That isn’t to say there isn’t something for folks looking for something a bit more mundane, though. Bargain hunters can easily find things like older computers, vintage china, cheap video games and even free firewood if they dig in deep enough.

But buyer beware. Though some of the deals you'll find on the site are genuinely beyond belief, there can be some that are definitely too good to be true. In the past, some particularly bad deals originating through Craigslist have ended up with unwitting buyers taking part in some unsavory crimes.

Experts offer a lot of tips on how to buy and sell safely on the site, including removing geotags — hidden indicators that tell where a picture was taken — from photos that you might post with an online geotag remover so no one turn up at your door and always agreeing to meet in a public place with a friend along to check out merchandise just in case things start to sour.


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