Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Great Jettison: I DON'T Feel Bad, Thank You!

This thing came with the house...

Wood chest with lid open on display before being sold on Craigslist

...And apparently was quite a sought-after item.  What you see there is a wooden box that has literally lived in the same spot in our garage since we bought the house.  There is sat, empty, bereft, in its seedy little corner.  We just used it to pile up our returnable cans before returning them.  In fact, to take this photo, we had to remove a pile of nasty cans and bottles.  We didn't even keep cans in the box, just piling up on top.  Great thinking, us!

As Darwin said, "...From so humble a beginning..." This box became the subject of a (very) minor bidding war...

Really, more than one family wanted this thing.  It was listed on Craigslist for $10.  The posted was listed under the noble title, "Cool Wooden Box."

Wood box with lid closed on display before being sold on Craigslist
Box top with lid closed

We received several interested responses in a short time.  Motivated to move the box quickly, we went with whoever could come pick it up quickly.  The family came over and still loved the box even with its slightly wobbly construction and old finish.  Seems the family wanted to refinish it and use it to store coats and gloves.  Perfect. They also purchased our outdoor table and chairs.  See below for the photo.

Set of three iron chairs with a black folding outdoor table
Yeah, this is the outdoor table and chairs, see above.
Three chairs?  Black wire table that doesn't match the chairs?  Yeah, it was constructed from a set we purchased with only three chairs (where was the fourth?) and it once had a glass-top table matching the iron construction of the chairs.  The glass of the table exploded and shattered without anything hitting the surface. Huh.

Anyway, the box and outdoor set went to this family for a price that worked for both of us.  Later that day, someone made an offer of $30 for the box if I hadn't sold it yet.  Seems this person wanted it as a toy box for kids.  Maybe on a second look, they would have decided it wouldn't be a safe and sanitary place for children's toys.  I know that would have been my decision... especially at 30 bucks!

Some people may have regretted not putting people in a bidding war.  I am a "price to sell" kind of person on Craigslist, at least for now.  When I get many requests for a single item, I always wonder if I could/should punch "Reply All" and pit everyone in an all-out-craigslist-bidding-war-deathmatch-battle-royale.

...Nah, not my style.

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