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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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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!

Kitsch Krafts


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Artfire - I'm Giving It a Shot

January 17, 2009 11:22 by ehouston

I decided to try opening up a storefront on Artfire a couple of weeks ago.  It's the latest edition to the online handmade stores out there and it appears to have a pretty good fee system.  I figured that after about 7 months of selling on Etsy with very low overall sales, it was worth checking out a new venue.  My hope is that my items will be more visible due to the smaller number of current shops on Artfire.  Now, I just have to work on getting the word out.

Come check out my shop and all the others on Artfire!  It's kind of nice because when you run a search you do not end up with a completely overwhelming list of things to go through.  Plus, sellers can list up to 10 photos, which is great!
Happy Handmade Shopping!
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Kitsch Krafts

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