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My name is Gerrie Wydeven doing-business-as Wydeven Designs. I have been conducting this small GREEN business since 2004. Wydeven Designs, based in the Atlanta, Georgia area, sells CHAIRS, LOVESEATS, CHAISES, SETTEES and other fine, well-constructed refurbished upholstered pieces. I love to travel, cook, take photographs and generally follow style and decor topics as well!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Craigslist Listing Tips - A Good Source!

I have been using Craigslist (Atlanta) for several years as a major source of "heirloom-quality" furniture in need of refurbishing.   The ads are free and there are a lot viewers/users - so there is no down side.  Here are some suggestions for listing - later I'll be adding buying tips.

Listing Suggestions:

  • Describe VERY briefly what you are selling in header - avoid all caps - and include price (e.g., Pair - Sherrill Club Chairs - $200) - the key words are important here to make sure buyers find you!
  • Use separate ad for each item - do not mix together (see note above - the ads are free) - items that are hidden are harder to find!
  • For furniture, always include at least one clear photo - no exceptions!  More are helpful! 
  • Do indicate where you are located with enough specificity to help people figure out whether they are willing and able to get to you (e.g, NOT Atlanta but Buckhead).
  • Always list price - do not ask for offers - do indicate whether you are firm or negotiable on price.
  • For furniture - include dimensions and brand name if you have it - these are the questions most people ask.  
  • Do not include phone number in ad - you can always provide that to legitimate potential buyers when they respond via email.
  • Respond first come - first serve to all legitimate sounding inquiries - you'll know them when you see them.
  • Inform all who inquire about piece when it is sold.
  • Take ad down immediately when it is sold.

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