Or just bored. Recently, I decided that our perfectly good dining room table had to go. We had bought it off Craigslist during the frenzy of furnishing our empty house in '09. Although I still liked the table, I realized it was the only thing in the whole house that was light wood. It just seemed out of place.
So I listed it on Craigslist and within a day it sold for $25 less than we had paid for it.
I wasn't in a real hurry to replace it until we decided it was time to buy a car and trade in the truck. Ooops. I checked Craigslist and didn't see anything I liked so we decided to hit the consignment stores. At the first one, we saw a nice Ethan Allen set, but the table had a couple of horrible scratches. Then we bought the car and the pressure was on. We told them we couldn't pick up the car for 24 hours and looked in three other places. Nothing.
Since we were down to the wire, we bought the set with the scratches figuring I could just leave a tablecloth on it and I really did like it other than that problem. Also it was such a bargain that if I decided I hated it, I could always resell it on Craigslist. So we loaded it in the truck, carted it home, and promptly traded in the truck.
Well, it was nothing short of a Christmas miracle. I hit it with a little scratch cover and the scratches just disappeared!
If they had just done that in the consignment store, they could have sold it for a lot more money. I think I'll keep this one.