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Sunday, March 20, 2011

This is What Was In The Back of Frank (the wagon) Yesterday. I Picked It Up Before Work So I Had To Take The Pics While On Break! Status: Oh The Lengths I Go To Share!

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Wow, Right? I think I pissed off another potential buyer who was waiting at the sellers place when I arrived. I assume they were hoping I wouldn't show or I'd pass on buying the chair. Not A Chance! As a matter of fact, I paid double the asking price!

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I think this would have been on eBay next week if I hadn't bought it yesterday. I'm

not 100% sure but I think the other potential buy was Momoderne. Whoever they were they

left as soon as I made the deal.

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According to this auction site it's an Adrian Pearsall design made by Craft

Associates. Sweeeet! I think this is a keeper! Dag, I'm finding too many "keepers"!

The seller listed it on craigslist for just $25. ::shakes head:: I can't BELIEVE I

managed to snag it. I spotted the ad last night when I got home from work. The ad

had only been up for a couple hours and just described it as a "vintage chair".

Without seeing the picture I might have passed it by, but I shot an e-mail off as

fast as I could offering $50 for the chair. The seller had a phone number in the ad

but it was about 11pm so I thought I better not call. She answered my email about

20 minutes later and we worked out the details. Score! Still, I had to get up and

out of bed early this morning to go claim my prize, and I am not a morning person.

So I paid even a little more than double the asking if you ask me.

13 comments:

  1. Screech! It is gorgeous!
    It looks like it's in fabulous condition.

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  2. UH-mazing!!!!! very impressive indeed!

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  3. What a great snag! I probably would have offered double too if I really wanted to get that! Timing is everything too! It feels good though to triumph over some other potential buyer!

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  4. That is one beautiful chair. You'd better keep it!

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  5. OMG...that's amazing! You did goooood!

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  6. O.M.G. that is an incredible chair! WOW!!!

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  7. I love this site and you're pretty funny. I only love this site though because we live far away from each other. If you lived nearby I would hate you. It would be strictly sour grapes, but I would still hate you lol.

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  8. Hey I was going to buy that chair! (And FYI I'm not Momoderne). My husband and I were actually not too happy with the CL seller. We talked to her early in the morning and she told us it was still available since a potential buyer (you, I am assuming) had not shown up. So, my hubby made a nearly 2 hour round trip and wasted all that gas to get it. Too bad for us you didn't show up a few minutes later. Stop getting all the good stuff will you. The last anonymous post said it perfect, sour grapes!

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  9. This really is a beautiful chair! I love the upholstery. It looks like it's in fantastic condition, too. The Atlanta Craigslist is so depressing compared to yours...

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  10. Wow - gorgeous chair! That would look fantastic in my family room (if you ever decide it's not a keeper!) Great score.

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  11. I saw the CL post a bit after 10 o'clock that night. I just KNEW I would be seeing this chair right here in a couple of days.. :)

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  12. That chair is a beauty.

    Sometimes CL sellers suck. I go out of my way to not have this type of thing happen. But, I guess I'm a little more relaxed about giving time for the original buyer to show up.

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  13. Moon D - The chair is about an 85 out of 100. Maybe even a 90. The upholstery is "pulled" here and there. I think I can fix it with some sharp shears or a sweater shaver.

    Bandi - I know!

    Mr. Fiz - Getting the chair felt pretty good but not pulling the rug out from the Anonymous other buyer who commented above. I hope they didn't waste their trip to St. Louis. I drove down to a nearby Salv. Army and found that Basic Witz china cab that same day. I would have been happy to turn them on to other places to check out before heading back home.

    mono G - I think I am keeping it...for now.

    Dana - Wouldn't it look good in your shop?

    Rhan - Keep in mind that it wasn't labeled as anything too special on craigslist. Sometimes you gotta Dig these beauties out.

    Anony 1 - Isn't there's enough to go around? Can't we all just get along? ;)

    Anony 2 (other buyer) Sorry for your bad experience. The seller seemed very nice. She even offered and GAVE me a cool Scandinavian sofa frame (that needs cushions) for free. I understand why now (you were a bit miffed) but both she and I were kinda surprised buy the way you just left without saying anything. At the time I actually though you were WITH the seller. I was surprised that the seller, a young lady, would have two strangers (both men) in her home by herself. It wasn't until the seller asked if I had seen where you went that I realized that you were there to buy as well.

    This was a tough situation for you. When you as a buyer spot an undervalued item like this chair but are told that it might be spoken for (we all know about flakey c-list buyers), you feel like you have to be ready to strike if the first buyer flakes out. I'd have probably done the same thing. Hedging your bets is a good idea but it doesn't always work out.

    adriane - I poked around on the ATL c-list and it looks pretty good to me! The following links will likely be invalid soon but how about a Cool Mid-Century Sofa, Chair and Table for $150? Or a set of Four cool Thonet Bentwood Dining Chairs for just $165? Perhaps a great Tulip Table with Four Retro Chairs for $275? Need an interesting coffee table? This ad looks pretty good! I want the one that looks like a half globe of wood. Oooo...and it's a little pricey but still looks like a good deal to me--Teak Wall Unit for $300. Here's a nice Ikea (I think) tulip table and killer chairs for just $200. And check this out! Look hard for the Bertoia Side Chair in this ad!

    Vintage H - Hmmm...maybe someday, but not for now!

    Laura H - ...and you didn't snatch it up?

    denise - Sometimes they do suck. I had a seller tell me they had a better offer after we had made firm arrangements to meet when I called to let them know I was on my way a couple of times. Then they were all like, well...if you wanna beat their offer... C-list isn't eBay. If you agree to a deal it should be a DONE deal. I've screwed myself by agreeing to a discount on an item or three then getting a "full asking" offer before the discount buyer closed. I try to NEVER go back on a confirmed sale, but every situation is different. Some day I'm gonna write up MY craigslist etiquette! I haven't yet seen one that deals with the minutia that I would like to have ironed out.

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