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The weird world of Craigslist and Kijiji

Normally, I write my posts about furniture styles and the different pieces that I have painted.  However, lately I have been having some strange experiences with both Kijiji and Craigslist that I thought I might share.  I have now had 2 people buy furniture that they were going to repaint and one person offer me a low price because they were going to repaint it.  It’s hard to not be insulted but at the same time you want to sell the piece so I have been trying to be philosophical about it.  Here’s the first piece that was bought to be repainted.  It is an unusual Duncan Phyfe style coffee table that was originally maple.  I painted it with AS Florence, used dark wax all over and added gilding.

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This is the second piece. It is an antique dresser that was in rough shape when I got it.  The drawers were missing pieces in the front, the bottom drawer sticks a bit and it needed new knobs.  It also had about 5 different colours of paint, probably lead based, judging by the undersides.  I painted it in AS Old White and Louis Blue.  I also painted the insides of the drawers because they smelt dry and slightly smoky,

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I get that it looks like a baby’s room but that was the intention.  The buyer wanted to repaint it for her wedding, to use as a cake table. (?)

Finally this is the piece that I didn’t sell to the person who was low-balling me.  It is a classic French drum table painted in Old White, Paloma, Graphite and German Silver gilding.  REALLY!

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I guess that’s what I get for trying to sell my pieces through the internet but since I have no other venue other than Etsy, I’ll have to grow a thick skin.  The other annoyance is the trolls that like to send you insulting messages about your ad.  Those are at least funny because you know what their object is.  I’m not sure the re-painters even realize that I have just painted these pieces.  How do I interpret that?


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9 thoughts on “The weird world of Craigslist and Kijiji

  1. Your pieces are lovely. I think you must not be charging enough! If you stage them and use a “watermark” for your business, then people will realize that you are the retailer, not the middleman, even on CL. You don’t have to sell to the highest bidder. If they still want to repaint after purchasing at your retail price, then that’s that. And, with Etsy, if the piece is special, a buyer will want it no matter how far. It just takes time. Hope that’s encouraging–I don’t mean to lecture! Leslie

  2. I’ve had the same thing happen. I had this really cool old dresser that was a mess when I bought it. Here is the link http://www.homesweetthriftyhome.com/2012/11/early-1900s-dresser-makeovermeet-chloe.html. I was sooo happy with it when it was done and it was my first bigger piece. The lady mentioned as she was loading it in her truck that she would have to send me a picture “when it was done”. Say what? :/ I felt sick as she drove away with my pretty dresser. No telling what she did to it…luckily she never sent me the “after” pics! LOL

  3. possible answer: that there are idiots even in this multi-college/universities/cultural town (hope they’re not reading this, hate to lose any re-buyers, even re-painters?

    interesting first comment “lecture”, I’ve often lectured on the same snob-effect. and I think a watermark is something I’ve accidentally left on unpainted furniture. maybe you should sign: goodbyteaching/helloexpensiveartwork.

  4. Typically if I see something painted that I would have done differently I don’t purchase it. I just wish I saw it first. Also, peeps shopping on craigslist (not familiar with the other one) are looking for a deal and sometimes have little if any social skills. I have a friend who sells on craigslist. She has a pretty thick skin. She has been asked to repaint a project but she doesn’t discount it.

    I think you do lovely work and you should tell the low baller no thank you. Perhaps you could find a way to say “no dealers” and “serious inquiries only” in a nice way in your ad?

    On yet another note I have been quite shocked at the people who post negative things about ads. Did they get kicked off of facebook? I don’t understand their motive.

    I don’t sell anything. I give it away. I can’t bear the people who pick everything apart. At this late stage my skin is getting thinner not thicker 🙂

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