changing lives since 2003 (ms_pooka) wrote,
changing lives since 2003
ms_pooka

craiglist and the story of the steelcase chairs

last week, i rediscovered craiglist after habitat for humanity rejected our attempt at donating the carpet. now, i’m glad they did. assuming he’s not as weird as his email communication, we have someone willing to pay us “over $500” for said carpet. my craiglist ad did bring out a genuine weirdo named eartha. our communications went something (exactly) like this:


New beige carpet - make an offer
We have just purchased a condo and are pulling up new beige carpet from all five rooms within the next week. The net square footage is 990 square feet. It's a basic, light beige carpet.

Must pick be able to pick it up.
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From: "Eartha"
To: sale-128319746@craigslist.org
Subject: New beige carpet - make an offer
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 12:45:41 -0600

how much is it will it cover my hold house 1500 sf
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From: sale-128319746@craigslist.org
To: sxxx@xxx.xxx
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 12:51 PM
Subject: RE: New beige carpet - make an offer

Our installer measured the carpet at a net of 990 square feet. It will
likely need to be cut to fit different rooms. The highest offer we've
received so far is for $500.

Thanks!
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From: "Eartha"
To: sale-128319746@craigslist.org
Subject: RE: New beige carpet - make an offer
Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 12:52:34 -0600

i dont understand email me at home sxxx@xxx.xxx
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From: sale-128319746@craigslist.org
To: sxxx@xxx.xxx
Sent: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 1:47 PM
Subject: RE: New beige carpet - make an offer

The total square footage of the areas in our condo that have the carpet comes out to 990 square feet. Whoever buys the carpet will likely have less than that to work with because the rooms in our condo will be different sizes than the rooms where the carpet is going... so it will need to be cut down to size.

But it definitely won't cover your entire 1500 sq feet.
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From: "Eartha Turner" <sxxx@xxx.xxx>
To: sale-128319746@craigslist.org
Subject: Re: New beige carpet - make an offer
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 20:10:36 -0600

how much for the carpet i hope its cheap
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From: sale-128319746@craigslist.org
To: sxxx@xxx.xxx
Sent: Friday, January 27, 2006 11:41 AM
Subject: RE: New beige carpet - make an offer

The current highest offer is $550.
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while i was out rediscovering craiglist for selling, i thought i should also rediscover it for buying. and i did. i found someone selling 8 vintage steelcase chairs for $25 each. as it turned out, she only lives a block away in the continental. brian and i walked over last wednesday to take a look at them. the boyfriend was very quiet and the girl seemed okay until the end. then they became oddly flustered and i couldn’t figure out why. they also wouldn’t let us hop down a couple of blocks to an atm for cash and then carry they chairs home. they insisted the boyfriend would need to drive them over the following day. okay, whatever. i shook her hand and then extended my arm to him for a good five + seconds before having to pointedly say “nice to meet you” so that he would understand an extended hand is the universal signal to shake. hands.

we ended up just both driving our cars over the following evening to pick up the four we purchased and they both seemed to be much less odd.

ttyki has already adopted the one chair still living in my apartment as can be seen in the following photo:

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upon reviewing these photos, i find myself astounded by just how large ttyki appears to be. it looks like i photoshopped her in there on a grander scale. she’s completely dwarfing the chair. and in this one, she’s even dwarfing a frightened oskar:

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the chair has magical powers of size definition. perhaps that is why the couple became so spontaneously hesitant to let us take them out of there. they didn’t want to dilute the power the eight chairs have the ability to harness together.

i swear the chair is standard size and i now fear having anyone see me sitting in that chair. just in case i'm not feeling large enough already these days.
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