Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Can You Guess What It Is? Let Me Just Say This About That: I Almost Peed Myself When I Saw It On Craigslist. Status: It's A Keeper.
Yes, the top has some finish issues. It's vintage...it comes with the territory! This was the only photo of the table in the ad. The text? Oh, that helped a lot: "Oval table / 5 foot oval table with metal pedastal base". The price? At least that was something of a clue: $400. Mr. Modtomic paid every bit of that...and loved it. LOVED IT!!! Know why? Know what it is? Look inside for another clue!
Does that help? This is it for the photos today. I'll get more when I get it cleaned up...and
it's not 4am. Here's the scoop; I spotted this on craigslist last Friday. I (of course) immediately
shot off an e-mail. I wasn't sure of my instincts so I asked for a photo of the base. Then I
thought better of it. What if the seller was lazy and there was another buyer interested who
didn't CARE what the base looked like and DIDN'T ask for other pics? I sent another e-mail
about 15 minutes later saying that I would be out and about anyway and would be fine just
dropping by to see the table myself, cash in hand, ready to buy. No response from either e-mail.
I waited all day...then all night. No response the next morning. I started to lose hope.
I responded to my own ads to check and see if the craigslist referrer was working correctly.
I even tested it through one of Nick's ads. Everything was working right. I sent another e-mail
through a different e-mail account to see if that helped. Nope. I had the Girlfriend send one
through a different e-mail provider. Nothing. I gave it a whole day without e-mailing. Torture.
Sent another last ditch effort Monday. Nada. FINALLY, they called me today at work! But
the seller was all "you the guy wanting to buy my credenza?" Uh... huh? Turns out he was selling
a lot of different stuff and had got me confused with another buyer but we figured it out...and
thank my lucky stars!
I picked it up (literally, and put the top on top of Frank and the base in the back. They each
weigh about 200 lbs, at least) this evening after work at about 10:30pm. I had another item that
I had to pick up on the way home as well so it took me until midnight to actually roll in the
driveway. And I was bushed. 8 hour work day plus all this stupid heavy lifting. So it took me
a little while to recover enough to get the top off Frank and the base out. That's why I was out
there in the driveway taking pictures at 4am! Ah, this is the life!