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Craigslist Progress Update #3

February 23, 2011 02:09 by ehouston

Roughly a month has passed since I first got serious about posting items on Craigslist.  Today I plan to go into my account and do some updating and reposting to get my items back up to the top of the list.  And, HOPEFULLY out of my house!  As posted here, at the two week mark I had managed to sell a suit, a patio chair and a display board.  Since that posting I have also unloaded two more of the patio chairs.  Although it’s not the major exodus of unused items I had hoped for, things are coming along okay.  Plus, it’s all for free.  The posting, that is.  One thing I will reiterate, though, is that unless you are okay with people showing up at your home, the process of getting the item to the customer is a real pain.  I have found a good local (and fairly close to home) spot for meeting up and making an exchange, but just getting to that point can be daunting.

I mean, I must answer 4 or 5 emails per interested customer before we ever meet up.  That is, if they decide to show.  Then there will be 2 or 3 more emails if they can’t come, or didn’t show, but still want the item.  Then, as I mentioned before, there are those lovely people that say they want what you are selling only to never be heard from again after the initial emails go back and forth.  Just this past weekend I was set to meet someone and they emailed me waaaaay after the fact to say they needed to change our meeting time.  They had forgotten that they needed to pick someone up from the airport a mere 30 minutes after the time we had set.  Well, the meeting spot we had planned is about 30 minutes from the airport, so the time they agreed to in the first place would not have worked at all.  And, who “forgets” that they have to pick up a visiting family member from the airport?  I let all of this slide not only because I wanted to sell that last patio chair, but also because you just never know someone’s circumstances.  Since I did not get the email until about 20 minutes before the new meet up time they were requesting, and I was not ready to leave the house, I agreed to meet them the next day instead. 

Change acknowledged, email response sent. 

No response to confirm. 

Check email later in the morning. 

No response. 

Check email no less than 10 more times throughout the day, but no return message confirming the change to the next day.  I even checked several times again the next morning up to the time we were set to meet. 

Then, suddenly, late in the day and HOURS after we were to make the exchange I finally get not one, but two responses.  The first one to say they had sent a response and waited at the designated place, at the designated time for 30 minutes only to leave upset and empty handed.  The second to let me know that I could sell the item to someone else.  (Well, thanks for your generosity!)  I searched all through my inbox and spam folders.  No email response from them…at all!  UGH! 

Another fun day with Craigslist!

Kitsch Krafts


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Project Declutter

January 31, 2011 08:46 by ehouston

Yep, it’s in full effect around here.  I am sure I’m not the only one out there.  You know, we’re the ones that keep meaning to “do something” with that closet full of stuff, but we never seem to get around to it.  I have been hauling some of my “project” items around literally for nearly a decade.  The initial dumping started several years ago when I did an office revamp and then a short while later when I switched office rooms in our old house.  Then, of course I did another huge dump just before we moved, back in 2009.  As we accumulate items for our new place I keep getting the urge to let go of those old things that never see the light of day.  I mean, what is the point of having some cool vintage decor if it’s not on display?  Or, why keep that neat old vintage dress if your post baby, chunky butt is never going to slip into it?  It’s just time.  Time to let someone else have the fun and enjoy these things that we have loved, but are ready to pass on.  I’m dusting off the Ebay account and making it happen.  Hello Craigslist, you old b-stard!  My three victories on your site have me semi-patiently waiting for a few more.  Etsy and Artfire, you aren’t gonna know what hit ya!

Okay, now if I could just find time to take all those pictures.  ugh.

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Craigslist Progress Update #2

January 25, 2011 06:55 by ehouston

I certainly don’t want to jinx it, but I have managed to sell a couple of things since last week.  A suit, one patio chair and a display board.  I am also planning to meet-up with someone this evening to possibly unload two more suits.  We’ll just have to see how that goes.  One thing that I have discovered about the process of selling for free is that it is VERY stressful.  The stress lies in the fact that every time you turn on the news there is another story about a “Craigslist” killer or someone being car jacked while making a trade.  It’s making The Mister insane!  I never have anyone come to my home and I prefer to meet them in a well-lit, populated area, their home or their work.  So far, I have gotten through three trades unscathed and the forth, scheduled for later today, is with one customer I met already last week.  She just wants to check out some more of the suits I have listed.  I pray that all continues to go well going forward and that I unload even more of our stuff.  Until I started doing this I had not really taken inventory of how much extra stuff we have laying around.  We figured that after moving and living here for about a year and a half, if we haven’t used it (or unpacked it for that matter), we really don’t need it. 

Now, if only I could unload the big items first, like all those chairs!

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Craigslist Progress Update

January 18, 2011 06:21 by ehouston

Zilch!  Well, to be fair I have had three inquiries but nothing has panned out.  I am attempting to sell all those wonderful bentwood chairs that I just got last spring/summer for my dining room. 

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I had planned on coming up with a custom table, but ended up finding the perfect compliment to our Danish hutch and the price was outstanding.  So, the cool, modern, bentwood chairs are off to a new home….I hope.  I am trying to sell them for a fair (cheaper than you can get them through Target) price and unload them locally.  It seems silly to drive long distances to sell something under $50.  The day I listed them I received a response and an interest in all eight chairs.  Later, the same person wrote that they wanted to negotiate down in price.  Again, back to the fact that they are listed cheaper than you could buy them new, they are basically brand new (most have never even been sat on) and they are already assembled.  I was willing to come down a little, but did not hear back for another day after sending my response.  In the meantime, I had another customer inquire about buying six of the chairs.  They wanted to pay even less and stated they wanted to “start negotiations”.  Nego-wha?  Seriously PEOPLE!!!  They are CHEAP!!!  Please stop asking me to sell them even cheaper!!! Please!  It’s like the last time I had a yard sale and people were asking if I could do a better price on a quarter.  Yes, a QUARTER, for God’s Sake!!!  I get being frugal and I can roll with the best of them, but some things are just ridiculous.

Here’s the kicker.  After receiving the email from the second customer I decided to let the first customer know that I had another inquiry.  I had not heard from the first responder for a day and I just wanted to keep things moving.  Please note: I did not send multiple messages, I gave everyone time to get the emails, make decisions and respond.  My message was sent after plenty of time had passed.  That’s when I received the dreaded, “I can’t make a decision now because I am busy, so sell them to the other people” message.  UGH!  Of course, Mr. Negotiation did not want to actually negotiate after all and I never heard from him again. 

Then yesterday I got my third response.  Seemed like a nice guy, but he wanted to know if I could bring one and only one of the chairs to him up in Fredricksburg, VA.  Once in a blue moon I go up to Alexandria, VA to visit a friend, but I don’t have plans to head that way any time soon.  And, again, I cannot imagine driving over an hour away to sell something under $50.  I felt bad, but I had to let him know that I could not make that trip due to the low price of the chair. 

Please, someone, buy my chairs!!  Pretty, please!?!  I am going to give it about a month and see how things continue.  Again, I am thinking Craigslist is maybe not for me.  We’ll see…

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