you win some, you lose some...

so i feel the need to vent for a moment here. but let me back up to the beginning...

last week i found a chair on craigslist that i really liked. the price was really high, but i recognized the background of the photos as being the same person's house who i had bought my light fixture off of on ebay. she usually has a dozen or so mid-century items listed so i tend to check her ebay site about once a week. i decided to go look and see if she was also posting the chair on her ebay site. she was, so i placed a much lower bid on ebay and decided to just see what happen.
on monday i wrote a post about how much i heart craigslist.

tuesday morning i was checking craigslist while eating my breakfast at work. right away i spotted a set of 4 dining chairs that i really liked and felt were worth a lot more $$ than what they were listed for. they had been posted late the night before and since it was so early, i figured i was probably one of the first people to see them. mike called the seller right away and said we'd be over that evening to buy them. the seller promised to give us a call if anything else came up or if anyone else tried to buy them throughout the day.
throughout the day on tuesday mike and i both did a ton of research (as well as contacted another blogger who knows a lot more about mid-century furniture) and quickly found out that the chairs were worth a lot more. like at least 10xs the price he was asking on craigslist. as much as i liked them, we did not really need more dining chairs... our plan quickly became that we would buy them and turn around and sell them on ebay. whatever profit we made we could use towards purchasing other furniture for our house.

as soon as work was over on tuesday mike called the craigslist seller to confirm the time and location... and the guy informed mike that he had ended up selling them to "a buddy" that had come over earlier. he did not call us as he had previously promised. mike and i were very frustrated. the chairs were gone.

last night the bid ended on the other chair on ebay - we won the chair. i noticed that the ebay seller had posted some new listings. guess what she had listed? yep, the 4 chairs that were supposed to be ours from craigslist. now, i don't really know what happened, but i'm assuming that she also spotted them on craigslist, contacted the seller, and offered him more $$. i'm just annoyed that he didn't give us a chance to up our offer price. and now i get to see how much the ebay seller ends up getting for them...
i guess in the end i can't really be mad at any specific person - i am annoyed that the craigslist seller made us a promise that he didn't keep, but really, the ebay seller did the same thing that we were planning on doing - buying them on craigslist and turning them around for a (potential) profit.
but, we did get this chair, so that's exciting! i'm hoping we can go pick it up this week. the plan is for it to go in the guest room. that room is little and has a queen size bed so i've been looking for a smaller chair or bench to try to make it a little nicer. i will probably eventually reupholster it, but for now i'm hoping that the fabric is in good enough shape that we can live with it for awhile. i think that the back is my favorite part :-)

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2 Responses to you win some, you lose some...

Dennis and Su said...

That is a very cool chair you won! I like it very much. You are much kinder than I would be about the dining chair thingy. I would be livid.

Livinia Redlips said...

SO - how much did those chairs go for?

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