Come to my house! Buy my stuff! And, uh, don't rob me.
April 18, 2012 2:47 PM Subscribe
I am helping my mother sell several large pieces of furniture prior to her moving, and would like to set up timeframes for people to view/purchase said pieces at her home. Bad idea?
posted by the luke parker fiasco to home & garden (9 answers total)
I've posted a couple questions about this in the past, but it's now finally being done. I need to sell probably a small apartment's worth of furniture in the next few weeks. None of it is amazing quality and I've tried to go through third parties for auction/consignment/whatever but for various reasons this hasn't worked out, so I'm now turning to the dreaded Craigslist furniture sale. Ideally I'd like to be able to list all the items, as well as a contact number/email and fixed times when interested parties can come to see the stuff in person.
In researching how to go about this I've seen several warnings about not having people come to your home. However, under the circumstances there isn't really an option to do otherwise, as there's just too much stuff to take anywhere. Some of it could be moved into a large detached garage, which I'm considering.
This is a decent-sized house in the NW suburbs of Chicago. There aren't a lot of valuables here but things that could obviously be taken if there were more than a couple of people wandering through the house at at time. Once I leave in a few weeks' time my mother, who is in her late sixties, will be here alone, and an easy target for anyone who got the idea into their heads to break in (which, in this house, would not be difficult).
Good idea, or bad idea? If I go through with it, what are some intelligent precautions to take? I'd rather not list the address in the postings if it can be avoided, but will it drive people away to ask interested parties to call/email for address and directions? Is it a good idea to get as many things outside of the house as possible so as to minimize interior foot traffic? Should I try posting to other local listings like ClassifiedAds.com to maximize exposure?
Thanks in advance!