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Anatomy of a CL Sale IV: Success!

May 27, 2008

So it wasn’t until I lowered the listing price to $50 for the pair two days later that I got the magic e-mail, with “still got’em?” in the subject line. The buyer’s email went on to say “Hi…just saw the two chairs…any chance we could look at them today? ” which is great, but would have been even better if a phone number had been included. She would have been by before noon, but I had to go out and work on a project at 11:00, so we played phone tag until she came Saturday morning to buy them for her daughter. I do love a buyer who knows they want what they are looking at from the ad, and says that they want to come buy. In a situation where you have multiple responses, that’s ideal.

Here’s the next set of chairs for sale.  Same price as the peacock ones- nicer quality, shorter drive.  These are listed for $70.


ACLS Part III- The listing

May 20, 2008

So I brought my lovelies home, upstairs, and started taking pictures.  Here’s the posting:

Vintage Caned Club Chairs Peacock Blue Tufted Velvet  $60 Uptown Mpls

Adorable pair of caned club chairs upholstered in peacock blue velvet with tufted backs. The upholstery color is a beautiful jewel toned velvet, more green than is showing in photos- the color is teal or midnight peacock blue, not as cobalt as the pictures imply. The sheen is really elegant.

Measurements as follow; 23”w X 24” d X 30”h, sits at 15” from the floor.

This was posted at 6:30 am without recognition today.  A bit suprising, but not hopeless.

ACLS Part 2

May 19, 2008

Here are the peacock blue chairs-

anatomy of a craigslist sale part 2

So my drive out to Elk River went without a hitch, and in spite of being able to come as early on Sunday as the seller might like- they had said 11:00, and then said I could look for their garage sale signs. Well, I asked since I was driving out from Mpls if they were likely to sell the chairs to another party before I got there, and the gentleman said he’d put them aside, but I sort of thought that wasn’t likely. So I just headed out, not to be too obnoxiously earlier than 11, but still. I got there at 10:40. The chairs were right there in the driveway- no sold sign or anything, but not a lot of folks about either. I nabbed them, put them into my little back seat (I knew they’d fit since I’d hauled a pair of these chairs before) and went to the Elk River Goodwill which was about to open at 11:00. I found a nice, big Syrocco mirror at Goodwill for $15. I found another chair I could’ve sold too, but I would have had to leave Paulina in Elk River.

Paulina wanted to stop at Fleet Farm on our way home and so we did (since they usually have a great garden center, and really inexpensive glazed pots- the plants were actually expensive, but I did buy a regal geranium in chocolate) and when we got to the car, my passenger side front tire was almost flat! None of the gas stations in the immediate vicinity had air pumps, so I ran into the Fleet Farm tire service and begged for their mercy. They totally filled me up.

Anatomy of a Craigslist Sale

May 18, 2008

I sell (and buy) furniture on Mpls Craigslist all the time.  Now I’m driving to Elk River to buy a pair of really great caned chairs that the owners described as “paded and ratan” and also “green”.  They are peacock blue tufted caned chairs in what appears to be fabulous condition.  They are $10 each.  I think I could easily get $100 for the pair.  I feel guilty because my friend Karen found them, but once they were listed refused to go get them even when I offered to drive us in the Neon because it was too far.  It is far, it’s like 40 miles, but even with gas that still makes it maybe a $40 investment with a potential to more than double it.  I need to gamble here folks.

Off I go, and I will post the photos and describe the purchase as part 2 of the anatomy of a CL sale.