Friday, March 2, 2012
Although I Shamelessly Pour Through C-list Ads And Often Snatch Up Good Stuff Within Hours Of Listing, This Arthur Umanoff Bar Sat Unbought For Days! Status: Trigger Pulled.
It's funny how some really good stuff can sit on craigslist for days without being snatched. I just had an e-mail conversation with a local reader about a pair of chairs that sat unbought for well over a week on the list. He had apparently shot off an e-mail after the sellers had bumped up the ad and gotten no reply. Miffed, he did the next logical thing: he shot me a note asking if I had snatched them up!
I assured him that I had not bought the set (one was an Adrian Pearsall, but both looked to me
to had been reupholstered in some unfortunate formal material) but had actually been in
somewhat limited contact with the seller as I did make a half hearted attempt to buy the set when
they first appeared. I just wasn't that into them, so I never got around to making the buy...and
they sat there on c-list for another week and a half...with nobody striking that "hot iron", as it
Then there is the case of this really pretty cool Danish Modern / Scandinavian Style Dining Set
with Buffet for (an asking price of) $200. It's still on c-list and was still available as of 02/26.
The weird thing is that somebody sent me an e-mail with a couple of pictures of an armchair
that is exactly like the chairs in this ad, but they didn't send ANY text and there e-mail address
was kinda weird so I didn't (and won't, sorry...send me a normal e-mail!) respond to them.
But then I thought that maybe the sellers of the dining set above were the people who e-mailed
me and just wanted to know if the dining set was valuable. So I e-mailed the sellers via
craigslist to ask if they had tried to contact me via the blog and they had no idea what I was
talking about. Weird.
So anyway, there you go. Two pretty cool items in excellent condition (from what I could gather
from the ads) that I did not in fact snatch up! I may start an occasional feature of items that I feel
like are pretty good deals that might have gotten missed by local buyers that I'm passing on.
Then there is this Arthur Umanoff (style? I'm just making an educated assumption here) for
Raymor bar that was posted to craigslist last weekend. I saw it right away but I was a little
down in the mouth about having to take Frank to the doctor for work (rear wheel bearing went
way, way bad) and new tires, alignment, oil change, ect. so I didn't really feel like spending any
MORE money, even on something as cool as this...all the while knowing I'd regret it later.
When the ad was still up Wednesday evening and Frank was all better...well, I'm sure you can
guess. A phone call was made and an arrangement was made to pick it up after work. The
seller said there were a few other inquiries that same day but they couldn't come by late like me
or something, dunno. The iron was hot and waiting to be struck...and my hammer was swift
and sure! I'll be sure to post it again after I clean it up, paint the ironwork and fix the bar top.
It'll be beautiful, promise.