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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!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Craigslist Buying - Research and Results

I have previously discussed using craigslist as a buying source and thought I would provide an update.  I continue to check out the craigslist "furniture by owner" section - I try to check it at least 2-3 times a day.  In the Atlanta metropolitan area, it is widely used and updates are constant.  Really great and reasonable items go fast so it is good to be the first to see it and respond.

First, I never (or almost never) respond to:
  • furniture descriptions without photos - with the volume online and even for "free items", a photo needs to accompany any ad to provide at least a clue as to what the item looks like and whether further inquiry is worth it
  • postings that do not allow me to send an email with questions or a request to see the item (requires a phone call or sometimes text) - I always have questions and actually do not want this level of engagement at this point - a phone number with they actually respond is always useful
  • postings that are not straight forward (e.g., go into lengthy detail about why owner is selling or how very beautiful and desirable the item is ...)
  • postings with prices that are WAY too high or even just a little high but with a statement that price if firm - I have found that these people are easily insulted when I offer less so I don't bother
I use the following search criteria when scanning large numbers of listings to make sure I didn't miss anything:
  • desirable labels - Sherrill, Hickory Chair, Baker, Henredon
  • categories - settees, bergere chairs, chaises, French chairs
Collage of Recent Craigslist Purchases (all BEFORE photos)!
I just got back from a nice fall trip to the area of Marietta, Georgia, and made a great Hickory Chair loveseat purchase (amongst those in photos above) which I look forward to refurbishing and offering for sale.  Shopping using craigslist requires diligent and patient searching; extensive questioning before getting on the road; and, I find, tolerance when you get there and the item turns out not to be what you were hoping for - which happens to me about 40% of the time!  

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