I'm sure at least a few local readers must have seen this ad on craigslist yesterday before the "seller" pulled it down. Wanna know why you didn't get it?
I was SO hoping this was going to be a different kind of post. So here's the skinny. Last
night at 8:09pm a nice lady in Chesterfield (west St. Louis County for you out-a-towners)
posted an ad to craigslist.
Wall Hanging Contemporary Brass Birds - $50 (Chesterfield, MO)
Date: 2012-02-21, 8:09PM CST Reply to: qcdwf-XXXXXXXXXX@sale.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]
Very Unique Brass, and easy hooks to hang although it is heavy because of the Brass. You need to see it to appreciate it. It will really dress up a room or wall. Purchased new at Dolnick Interiors.
Sacrifice for $50.00 cash.
I shot off an e-mail ASAP offering $100 (double the asking "sacrafice" price) for the Jere
sculpture if the seller would let me pick it up after work at about 10:30pm and included my
phone number. Mine was the first e-mail to get through and I got a call back about 9:15pm.
The seller and I struck a deal. I was to meet her at her home at about 10:35 and pick up the
sculpture for the aforementioned offer of $100. She gave me her home address even after I
suggested since it was night that she might be more comfortable meeting me in a public place.
Sweet, right! Well, apparently between the time the seller and I struck a deal and the time I
was to leave work to claim the item, the seller got a TON of other e-mails. So many so that
she got cold feet for selling the sculpture. She called me back just seconds before I left to tell
me that she couldn't sell it because she thought that maybe this "Jere" fella might be something.
Well, with that...the jig was up and I went ahead and spilled the rest of the beans. She was
going to find it on the net anyway so I directed her to look at eBay for comparables. Better
than 1stDibs, right? She said that her and her husband were going to look into it and would
call me in the morning to "let me know". Let me know what? I'm not sure. Doesn't matter, the
call never came. I e-mailed again today to ask if they had decided to back out of our deal and
got the same run around. So, it looks like None of us are going to get a deal on this Jere Birds
sculpture. Juuuuussssttt like the auctions.
Oh well, I'll keep plugging along and SOMEDAY I'll find one at a reasonable price. It happens.
Look at Dan's score. I think he told me he got his for something stupid like $35 from a
co-worker. Ooohhh...and I've tried and tried to snag his. Not gonna happen. I gave up.
Then there's this one that popped up at a weekday auction. I attended the auction thinking that
because it was a weekday and there was absolutely NOTHING else at the auction in the same
vein that there might not be a bunch of other buyers there to jack up the selling price. Nope...
that was a pipe dream. I left when the bidding topped $275.
And at yet another auction (I HATE auctions) on New Years Day a few years ago there was
yet another Jere Birds available. I left this auction well before it even got around to selling this
one. The prices were going stupid nuts on everything. Well above what the same items were
selling for on eBay! Once I figured that out...well, what's the point of sticking around? It's all
good though. Just like I finally found my Eric Buck barstools, I'll eventually get my Jere Birds.
I thought this might be the day but looks like I'll just have to be patient.