I have previously written about using craigslist as a source for finding and buying "refurbish-able" fine upholstered furniture. I continue to be an avid user and am sometimes amazed (shocked) by how people post their items for sale. I thought it was time for a refresher.
I 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.
|Actual craigslist posting - trying to sell these two "designer" chairs.|
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 with photos that are not helpful (too small or dark), not flattering (messy surroundings) or that show the piece in a larger setting with other items (whole living room or space).
|Actual craigslist posting photo - trying to sell this sofa underneath sheet/cover.|
- postings that do not allow me to send an email with questions (requires a phone call or sometimes text) - I always have questions and actually do not want this level of engagement at this point
- 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
As you can see from the above "after" pieces, shopping craigslist can be a great source as well as an adventure. Despite my homework, I probably reject at least a third of the items once I get in the car and actually go to the location. The workmanship/quality is just not there and not worth redoing.
Well, I am off today to see a pair of Sam Moore Country French style chairs - wish me luck!