Continuing on in my quest to clear space and make mega-bucks, I sold a lovely wooden chest. I had dimensions typed directly onto the photo (in a large, contrasting font) and even had magazines in 1 photo to give an idea of scale. Many people responded, and 1 person that I sort of know (brief interactions when we initially moved here 3 years ago) was the first to say I'll hand over $. I told her I'd be at Walmart (next town over) at a certain time, she said that would be great. Fast forward two days, and I give her a ring after I've parked to find out where she's at. There's a long pause -- "Oh, I thought you were bringing it to my house." I DON'T HAVE YOUR ADDRESS, WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU THINK THAT?!? I get directions, then double back to her apartment. As I heaved it out of the car, the look on her face says it's not what she expected - turns out she wanted it for a coffee table, and it's way smaller than that. I ask her if she had noticed the dimensions, and she laughingly shrugged it off: "I'm so bad with visualizing stuff!" I am too, but if I'm purchasing furniture you'd better believe I have a tape measure out! Anyhoo, she agreed to take it anyway, and then yesterday I receive a message from her wondering if she could give it back so I could resell it. Uh, no way am I driving back over to pick it up due to your error! Sheesh. Yeah, she's now selling it on the site.
On a happier note, I did snag some clothes for our daughter, arranged a clothing trade with someone and may even have made a new friend in the process.
And finally, I've often lamented that things are just way overpriced down here compared to what I was used to paying up north. I think it's a variety of factors: American goods are in demand south of the border and a lot of people run businesses reselling stuff, plus there just aren't that many options around. I love the idea of finding old furniture in need of a little love, doing a light sand, tightening screws, and slapping on some paint to make a lovely new piece - the blogosphere is full of such projects, generally starting with statements like, "I picked this up at Goodwill for $30." THIS is what was on the yard sale site this morning: