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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Craig Has Gone Crazy!

If you are like me, you probably look at your city's Craigslist and feel like it just doesn't have all the great finds you read about on blogs like Fresh Quince.  It feels like MoS Washington is forever emailing me links to fabulous faux bamboo etageres on Washington CL for $50, or a pair of Hollywood Regency end tables for $75.  I scour Craigslist here in Charlotte pretty regularly, and I have to say that it's rare when I see something worth emailing the Seller about. 

And I don't know if this is limited to Charlotte CL, but it seems there are some Sellers that are REALLY out of touch with reality!  Some of these Sellers think their grandma's dusty old 1940's furniture should be commanding 1st Dibs prices!  I had some fun last night compiling this list of Craigslist listings that seem to be WAY overpriced, as well as what we think the actual price should be!

This sofa looks extremely dated and would require 1) new upholstery, 2) refinishing (or lacquering) the wood trim, and 3) finding EXACTLY the right room to make such a specific piece of furniture look modern.  Disregard the hole in the seat made by a puppy (at least the Seller seems to have disregarded it in coming up with the price).  

Craig Gone Crazy Price:  $1200
MoS Opinion of Value:  $50 or less

Lamps are another favorite category of inflated Craigslist prices.  Here we have a pair of buffet lamps.  They aren't anything special- honestly they look to us like they could be from Kirkland's or Home Decorator's Collection (and they probably are).  They aren't totally offensive, but they certainly aren't anything to write home about.
Craig Gone Crazy Price:  $275 for the Pair
MoS Opinion of Value:  $30 or less

Mmmm, a honey oak grandfather clock worthy of lots of jumping and yelling on the Price is Right.  I don't think there is any home that could make this clock look good.
Craig Gone Crazy Price:  $5,000
MoS Opinion of Value:  $150 (and it is hard to put a value on something we dislike so much!)

I'm sure someone somewhere with a house full of lace doilies and Victorian furniture would like this pair of painted parlor lamps
Craig Gone Crazy Price:  $275
MoS Opinion of Value:  donate...

And lastly, the item that sparked this blog post- a silver Tiffany teaset.  Yes, it is beautiful, and yes, silver is very expensive now.  But if you are trying to command $40,000 for a teaset, is Craigslist really your best forum?  Maybe try Sotheby's or Christies?
Craig Gone Crazy Price:  $40,000
MoS Opinion of Value:  $8,000

Does your city's Craigslist have crazy listings too?  Do people *really* buy this stuff?!

20 comments:

Rox said...

You know....I live in the DC area and I routinely read the local Craiglist....I don't know where those fabulous finds are....but there are not in my backyard. I agreed with you: the better ones are in New York, Chicago and of course California. I have been laughing so hard about the people that tried to sell their junk for "real money"...I am with you--please don't make a fool of yourselves and just donate what it's not needed.

A Perfect Gray said...

oh, this made me smile. especially the 'donate' comment!

thanks! so with you!

donna

A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

I am glad you wrote this-- N-ville is the same way! Take care, Caroline

tarheel said...

You are making me laugh. $40,000? No thank you. I am glad to see that I am not the only one in Charlotte who finds nothing worthy on CL.

AgathaMChristie said...

Offering up a spectacular 40k Tiffany sterling tea service on Craigslist is really just an advertisement for burglars. How foolish!

Loucinda said...

This is too funny! How much for a decade-old papasan? haha.

Danielle.freshquince said...

Did you see this one...
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/nva/hsh/2254366194.html
It has been on DCs CL for quite some time...I'm shocked!

Grace said...

I complain about this all the time in Des Moines! I think some people have seen Antiques Roadshow one too many times.

Jane Marie said...

I feel your pain! I moved to Charlotte about 2 years ago and often search Craigslist to find "hidden treasures" for my new home...no luck! I've had much better luck at thrift stores of Salvation Army, so I don't know where the CL people get their prices.

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

I'm in Dallas, and I was thinking the same thing last week while rummaging through the CL here. People are totally out of touch with reality! Do you think they sell or repost with a lower price or just give it away, cause you never see them back again either. I guess I'm always looking for a deal, and I'm not finding them on CL very often.

Saby said...

OMG too funny! I thought I was the only one who felt that way. I always read about people finding these awesome deals on CL, but I never find them. I live in MI and the prices are crazy. I imagine they should be similar to garage sale prices, but apparently I am wrong!

Anonymous said...

Hilarious, is Craigs List the new Ebay?

kayce hughes said...

Thank you! I needed a laugh this morning. Looks like Crazy List to me.

Evie said...

I scour Craigslist a few times a week and there ARE some crazy prices out there! I posted today about a coffee table that I got from CL...and I have to say the price was right!

Lisa said...

We used to live outside Philly and found tons of great things on craigslist for decent prices. Now we live near NYC, and the prices that people think they should get for the crapola furniture is insane. Good luck getting $1200 for your black laquered eighties headboard with attached nightstands. There's also a huge market here for midcentury modern, so even your basic mcm coffee table is $500. Ridiculous.

Baylor Love said...

Hilar! I think people in South Florida just must have terrible taste because there is NEVER anything even remotely good on CL.

Even my favorite antique/consignment store does this sometimes. I was in there the other day and they had the exact same lamp that I bought at HomeGoods (that is in my bathroom for crying out loud)...they roughed up the lampshade and stuck a $75 price tag on it. Umm, no ma'am.

Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

MOS you are too funny! Loucinda good call on the papasan chair! That made me LOL too! What color is it? :)

Claire Bingham said...

I agree that there are folks on CL who are WAY out of touch with reality when it comes to selling used items. But I live in Charlotte and have literally furnished my entire 4300sq. ft. home with CL items, including a $10 campaign dresser,2 ghost chairs for $150,a library card catalog from Asheville, $60 church pew, and a dining room table with 6 chairs for $150. So the deals are out there- refresh often!

Alison said...

You are sooooooo right!!!!!!!!!!!

Justin said...

Omg, love the baby head lamp for $75! Who on earth would take it for free?! Insane.

Cape cod craigslist is the exact same way. Grungy, humidity-ruined moth eaten sway-backed monstrosities from Grandma's flooded basement for $1200. I always wonder: who buys those things? Does anyone? I don't think they do.

Whenever I post something for free on CL I'm always inundated with replies about how insane CL prices are and how happy they are to see something listed for free. I've been doing this more often, just to see if I can start a 'realistic prices' movement to drive our CL insane prices down.

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