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It’s a Small World (After All)

My friend Susan was over a couple of weeks ago to drop off a Craigslist purchase she very kindly volunteered to pick up for me since she was in the area on a CL run of her own. With the new chairs — a client purchase — temporarily in my space, and Liza’s coffee table jacked up on my dining table the place looked more like a workshop/storage space than a home. And while Suz chuckled at the state of things, she later sent me the photo above of her own dirty little secret.

“Filtering, downsizing, editing, whatever you call the act of getting rid of superfluous furnishings, great buys and awesome next projects, the fact remains that a purge, no matter how necessary, can be bloody hard to accomplish,” writes Susan. “Upon returning home that night I glanced around my own overstock dilemma thinking that the next time I paint, I will put little ‘maximum fill’ lines several feet from the floor, you know, like the ones on the coffee carafe or humidifier, so that when they are no longer visible, I’ll know it’s time to stop, drop and well, just stop! Spurred on to act, I cleaned, organized and listed almost everything on Craigslist last night.”

The next morning, I received an email from a styleNorth reader alerting me to the fact that she’d spied a couple of cool mid-century chairs on CL that she thought I might be interested in. And who do you think was the seller of those chairs? Yup, it was Susan.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011 by Chris
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7 Comments For This Post

  1. Lots to say Says:

    I wonder: Who is better, Craigslist or Kijiji?
    I recently posted all my items on both and got way more response from Craigslist.
    But I hate Craigslist! Posting items is more tedious, you have to click on the item to see the photo, the photo is small and often blurry…
    Sorry if I’m offending anyone, but am I in the minority?

  2. Cathy Says:

    In our area it is Kijiji that people use the most. We have bought many items on Kijiji. The last time that I looked at CL there was maybe 4 items. Now we do live in the middle of nowhere and I am sure that it makes a huge difference.

  3. shescomeundone Says:

    Find I get more responses to an ad on kijiji, advanced searches are more refined and they allow more pics and a larger image option but I surf on my iPad so I can zoom both sites. The renew option on CL is nice while on Kijiji one must repost the pictures each time so I use both for buying and selling. Either way, as styleNorth readers with such discerning taste, it’s only a matter of time before we all cross paths online and in person ;) Thanks Chris – for bringing some of us closer.

  4. Lois Says:

    Hello I should post pictures of my interior home. Looking like a furniture warehouse. I used to use CL, but daughter loves KIJIJI and I’ve had terrific response on both

  5. Chris Says:

    Lots to say: You have to download an image preview plug-in for Craigslist which displays photos for each item without having to click through. This will allow you to scroll visually, making the service FAR more functional. Different plug-ins work with different browsers, just search “Craigslist preview” then choose the one for the browser you’re using. It will change your life!

  6. Lois Says:

    Yes CHRIS is right about that image preview plug in. Mine worked for awhile but with the new computer I’m going to have to download it again…Lois of makes looking at the site much easier

  7. Tim Says:

    Image preview plug-in! I have yet to set it up. Will be on it tonight. Now just where do I find these fab chairs of Susans?

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