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Friday, May 18, 2012

the thrill of the find post #1: craigslist meeting gone wrong...almost...then not!!

well, folks...here it is! I present to you my first ever thrill of the find post #1:
 
My mother's day gift!

i love her.  she is a full-sized vintage iron bed with bed knobs and broomsticks twisty knobs (seriously, that was the first thought that popped into my mind when I touched the goldish knobs...how i wanted to set up the bed, sit on it with C & T, and twist the knobs JUST like the movie).
It was quite a little trip to get this beauty...the seller of this piece was quite the character too! We were heading to a wedding a couple of hours from here and I casually hopped on craigslist as I do most days...you know, just to see if I couldn't find some furniture like a sofa or a chair to replace the emptiness i feel now that my V has left the nest (hehe...she and I planned this...I said "If we squeeze your furniture in, we'll miss it and the place will look bare when you leave...much like after we take down the Christmas tree each year,")

the story goes like this:
12am Friday, I discover cheap vintage iron bed on craigslist...I tell sleepy M that I've found the love of my life (after him) and the absolute perfect mother's day gift for me...he agrees.  I email seller of cheap vintage bed.
8am Friday, email reply from seller: yes available, good thing you emailed....was going to meet someone here in an hour and was going to sell it to him with some other stuff....hopefully you can get it this weekend?
9am Friday, i reply: yes! yes! I will come and get it tomorrow (Saturday)! I ask her what the size of the bed is to determine the size of vehicle needed to pick up merchandise and I ask her to confirm the area where the bed is located.
no reply
no reply
no reply
M tries calling to make arrangements...no answer...voicemail is full.  I am beginning to think she sold the bed to the person from her 8am email.  oh well.  better luck next time.
4pm Friday, email reply from her: I think it is a double or full size bed....can get you dimensions on Sunday if you want.  It is already down and set out.  I will be at the property on Sunday if you want to meet then? this is followed with an email about meeting up Monday in another city (LOL).  I was a little bit confused.
I reply with an apology that I can only pick up the bed on Saturday.
8am Sat, I receive this email titled "I was wrong about the bed": I had the wrong pictures it is actually black....I just noticed that last night. I swore the bed was black in the ad...but, who knows...and it sure seemed a bit like she wasn't reading the content of my emails...
so, the Mister phones her and...she answers!! he explains that we will only be in the area that day...she explains that she doesn't live on the property and she accidentally locked the padlock on the gate and can't find the key...and...and..and...LOL it was a very very lengthy conversation for a man who doesn't talk much.  I sit and watch as he grabs a pen and starts jotting instructions down...after what seemed like an hour, he gets off the phone and says "well, it's like a cabin...and...well, she locked herself out...but the bed is outside already...so...she wants us to go there and get it." 
me: "oh, ok.  So, will she meet us there?"
him: "ummm....no...she told me to just climb under the gate, go up the hill and take the bed, and if the neighbors give us grief, which they might, we are to call her,"
me: "how will we get the bed out? under the gate?"
him: "umm, I don't know?"
me: "how will we pay her?"
him: "she told me to leave the money in an envelope and put it under something then to call her and tell her where the money is.  OH, and she also said to take a lot of cash with us b/c if my wife likes antiques she'll like what's there...she told me to be fair and leave more money if there is something else you like,"
LOL ohmyword...this felt like we had stumbled onto some sort of drug deal or some sort of smuggling or something (not that I know what that feels like).  About 15 minutes passed and the seller called back and said she thought we'd better meet in person to exchange money.  I kinda thought that maybe we should call the whole thing off...maybe...but, the bed...oh that darling bed...AND, get this...M, yes M, was pushing to go!!! it's normally the opposite.

So, we ventured out with what we thought was plenty of time to get the bed and go to the wedding.  We followed the seller's instructions to cabin with bed...now let me explain...the typical "cabins" in the area that this bed was listed in are just homes off of a paved road...SO...imagine our surprise when our directions took us further and further along a narrow winding road to a dead end turn onto an even narrower dirt road right along a large river at the bottom of what felt like a canyon...hmmm...I was beginning to feel a little bit more unsure of this crazy furniture quest of mine...perhaps this was my final furniture hunt...i mean you've heard stories of craigslist dealings gone wrong...oh goodness...could this be one of them?
so...we turned onto the dirt road...as we wound our way along the river, I noticed that we no longer had cell service, ok, now how will we call you, lady, when the weird neighbors attack us and accuse us of stealing furniture?! we drove and we drove and we drove...until finally we arrived at the bottom of a dirt driveway that led up a long hill to a run down shack...the number wasn't even marked on the gate...and the seller wasn't going to be waiting for us...m and I looked at each other...we wondered how we would know we were at the right spot? and not climbing under the wrong pad-locked gate...and how on earth we would get the bed down the hill...LOL...well, obviously, you know how the story ends because there's the bed in the picture up above!
We climbed under the gate and quietly approached the shack...seriously, I was so sure a vicious guard dog would emerge from the piles and eat us alive...but, to our delight...there was the bed in the middle of piles of crap...all in her glory...I was so delighted! She didn't end up being too terribly heavy either...we hiked down the muddy hill (did I mention that it was raining?!) with lovely bed in tow...and the real kicker...lol...no surprise, though, we actually squeezed her into my car! There we were, in the rain and mud and horse poop and hay and probably rat poop...with a bed about an inch too wide to fit through my rear car door...so, we twisted and contorted and opened other doors...lol...and all I can say is we must've looked like a couple of loons standing out there in the rain...but, we got our lovely bed! LOL, luckily we didn't wear our wedding attire to retrieve the bed (LOL the mister almost did).
and, now she's home.  and that is tale #1 of one of the many many pieces that we have...lol...believe me, that's not the first bed we've carried out...lol, it's not even the first mother's day bed!!
M is going to build me a box spring, b/c I want to upholster it in ticking and then we plan to top it with a squishy ikea bed...we want it too look all squishy...
I've got my eye on a quilt on ebay to go with this little beauty...but, i've promised the mister i wouldn't make any more bids this week! LOL!!



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