As many of you know, we’re getting the hell up out of here in a few short weeks. We bought a house and we’re currently in the midst of packing up all of our shit (again). I’ve also been getting rid of stuff left and right – kid’s toys, home décor, junk. Basically, anything I don’t want is not coming with us to the new house. So, I bagged up a whole bunch of stuff for Goodwill and put some stuff on craigslist as well.
I also decided to change out some of our furniture that we no longer need. It all started when I found this adorable Dora the Explorer bed on Craigslist for $15. Isn’t it cute? And since it’s the plastic kind, it was easy to clean and make “like new.” However, the purchase of the toddler bed meant that it was time to get rid of my beloved Bellini baby furniture. My youngest will be three this summer…so it’s time, right? I also have a random extra dresser that she can use, which means that we don’t have to buy her anything else. Score!
Best Craigslist Purchase Ever
When I was pregnant with my first child, I started scouting Craigslist for some high quality nursery furniture. After a few weeks of looking, I found this set priced at $750. Sounds expensive for used baby furniture, I know, but this is solid Mahogany Bellini baby furniture, which is like the furniture for the stars or something. Anyway, I went to look at it and fell in love. I also talked them down to $600. We paid and brought it home.
The lady I bought it from used it with both of her kids. Then I used it with both of mine. And even after all of that, it looks almost brand new. So, when it was time to sell, I went ahead and priced it at $550. I bought it for $600 and used it for five years, so I thought I would knock off $50 for the few knicks and scratches that we caused over the years. No biggie.
Well, I put it on craigslist and got a flood of inquiries over the first few hours. A few people said they wanted it, one of which said they could get it the next day. And that was fine with me. By then, it was 10:00 and I was heading to bed.
Then I started getting some fairly pushy emails, like this one:
If you still have the furniture available, I am ready to pick it up with cash in hand. Will pay $700.
The next morning I got at least a dozen phone calls from disappointed individuals. A handful said they would be willing to pay more and could pick it up immediately. I started to wonder if I priced it too low. I mean, I knew that it would hold its value if I took care of it but I didn’t think that it would increase in value! Could I have gotten $750, or even $800 for it?
Proof I’m a Good Person
If anyone ever questions whether I’m a good person or not again (it happens a lot), I am going to direct them to this blog post. I went ahead and sold the furniture to the woman I promised it to. And when she arrived, I was so glad I did. She was adorably pregnant with her first child, giddy with excitement as she saw the furniture her child would grow up with. When I looked at her, I saw myself at that stage, and I knew that I did the right thing.
I’m still a little bitter about it though.
What would you do in this situation? Would you take the highest offer? Or, would you sell to the person you committed to and cut your losses? Be honest!