Life in the Slow Lane

Life in the Slow Lane

Monday, June 12, 2006

Nice People Who Kill

I hate moving. I hate everything to do with moving. AND I hate dealing with the general public. Sometimes I fear that if I could arrange it I would never leave my apartment.

Case in point:

Because my new bedroom is a different configuration I have decided to sell my antique dresser I have had for over 10 years. I don’t think it will fit well. It is a beautiful oak item but it really no longer reflects my taste in d├ęcor anymore so off it goes.

So I listed it on Craigslist at a very reasonable price and immediately got lots of interest. First day I got about 8 emails demanding my address immediately as they HAD to have this dresser. What I did was arrange a viewing hour with the first person to put the cold hard cash in my hand taking it. I gave everybody my address and sat back expecting a bidding war resulting in an IKEA Orgy for me at a later date.

One person showed up.

They were not sure about the colour and said they would call me and let me know either way. No call yesterday but at least they emailed me the day after.

Today I woke up to about 16 emails with everybody clamoring again that they HAD to have this dresser. The Holy Grail of bedroom furniture for some. I made arrangements with about a dozen of them and set up another viewing tonight on a first come first served basis.

NOT A SINGLE PERSON SHOWED UP!!!!

If I didn’t need the money for a new dresser I would haul that fucker onto the front lawn, attack it with an ax, douse it with lighter fluid and spark it up while dancing around it naked like a fricking PIXIE.

Future Campfire

15 comments:

Closet Metro said...

how much do you want for it? I'll pay that much for a video of your ax wielding, naked pyromaniac pixie routine.

Leigh-Ann said...

Can you list it on eBay (with a local listing, and a "pickup only" requirement), and then cross-reference the listing to Craig's List? I sold a nice wicker dresser and chest of drawers last year on eBay, and the person who made the purchase had to pay for the item via PayPal first, before they came to pick it up. I took some good photos and listed measurements, and it was "all sales are final". I sold the set in about half an hour using "Buy It Now" -- apparently I charged far too little :p

Lazy Lightning said...

I would totally take that if I lived closer to you (really and truly I would - no fake!!). A lot of our furniture is antique oak.

Susie said...

I cannot believe closet metro took my comment! Yep, it's gorgeous, but I'm sure you could get more if you took up a collection here from those of us who want to watch the video of you as you "haul that fucker onto the front lawn, attack it with an ax, douse it with lighter fluid and spark it up while dancing around it naked like a fricking PIXIE." Woohoo! I'll make the popcorn :)

Squirl said...

It does sound like a good show. I hope that means you're feeling better now. :)

JessicaRabbit said...

I have had that happen with stuff I was giving away for free. What the hell is wrong with people?

Im glad your up and around again lady.

eclectic said...

I'm so relieved to see you spitting mad about something rather than beaten down by the puke gods! Count me in on the "Bonfire of the Vanity" movie. I'll bring the M&Ms.

whfropera said...

i loved that you said you hate dealing with the general public - it made me smile.

snaps79 said...

What a bunch of fucks.

That is all.

kalki said...

The general public totally sucks. But setting up a viewing hour was pure genius - I'll have to remember that.

Karen said...

I had the same kind of experience when I listed furniture for sale in the local Pennysaver newspaper.

Go with the eBay approach if you can. Then at least if someone bids and wins, there are negative consequences for them if they don't follow up with payment.

whfropera said...

i just wanted to add we have JOB LISTINGS on craigslist and get nothing, or people who send their resumes and don't return calls or emails...
craigslist people are odd sometimes.

kerri said...

It is quite the purty dresser. But I can sympathize with the desire to axe-wield. ;)

Glad to hear you are feeling better (I hope).

kassi said...

Oh my gosh!! I HAVE to have this dresser...where do you live?

I am a Milliner's Dream, a woman of many "hats"... said...

I want to drive up from Skagit Valley, USA (just south of you) for it...but if I didn't show up you might kill me.

Hh