Décor: Scavenger Columbus

Jackie Mantey, Columbus Alive
Photo by Jodi Miller

Shoppers who want inexpensive decor from Craigslist but don't have the patience to sniff through posts for things like Bagel Guillotines or painted rocks should check out scavengercolumbus.com.

Jennifer Kalister-Hines, operator and treasure hunter behind Scavenger Columbus, aggregates the best local decor sale posts on Craigslist to her new website. Reap the benefits of her "being a complete slave to good design," she said.

An Ohio State-trained interior designer, Kalister-Hines wields her professional judgment to pick out the best sales. She then lists the posts and the sale's images to her website.

Recent Scavenger Columbus selections include a complete Ralph Lauren dining room set for $2,000, a $100 Sphinx Emerson rug and a $30 sleek halogen lamp.

She updates the site weekly with items that boast quality, beauty, cleanliness and bargains. A Scavenger Columbus iPhone app and a page of great items for less than $50 will soon be available, too.

Currently Scavenger Columbus is an endeavor Kalister-Hines does purely for pleasure, though she will add personal shopping and design services (for a fee) in the future. The site is her creative outlet when she gets home from work as a controller at a local web hosting company.

Plus, she's shopping the site anyway. Her home and office are decked out in Craigslist finds. Her favorite purchase is a Herman Miller Mirra office chair - regularly $800 - that she found for $100.

"I know what's good," she said of Craigslist items. "I just really like to share that talent with people. This takes away the frustration of having to search though mounds of pictures, listings and junk."