I've been trying for months to get someone to do some structural repairs on a midcentury daybed that was a victim of a party foul. At first I called local stores that sell midcentury furniture, but they had nobody to recommend, so I went through the yellow pages, but either nobody answered or didn't respond after I told them what was wrong. Then I used the Cole Hardware handyman referral service. They sent me the number of someone who did not seem very interested in the job and didn't respond after I sent him the flickr set
of the broken piece via email. He also did not respond to a followup I sent a week ago. Earlier this week I then tried the Cole Hardware referral service again in hopes of getting someone else who might be reliable. I haven't heard back from them this week.
I was telling someone on Wednesday about this and they told me to post it on Craigslist. Fine, so I asked in the CL help zone about where best to post for something like this, and I took their advice to post it in gigs/fixit. No response from anybody!
Someone else was saying that this is common and the idea is that I will just get rid of the daybed so that a furniture person can fix it themselves and sell it, or that dealers keep their repairpeople secret. I don't know if I subscribe to that paranoia, but it's starting to make a lot of sense.