samedi 29 avril 2006

Cracking the Craigslist Code.

So, after nearly a year of living in my apartment, my bedroom still pretty much looks like I moved in a week ago. I have a bed (and a bed I love very much, mind you), decked out in lovely sheets and the prettiest of duvet covers, but the rest of the room? Oh, right, hello all you unpacked suitcases full of winter clothes I no longer need!

Thusly, I decided to finally do something about it, and started to look into furnishing my bedroom.

And I've come to the conclusion that furniture is freaking expensive. Even bedside tables, which have no other function than to hold lamps up to a decent eye level, cost more than they're worth at Ikea.

So I turned to good ol' Craigslist. Ebay might have slightly better stuff, but I'm not into bidding and auctions and all that. (And I did get a pair of unfinished bedside tables for a completely reasonable price - now, I just have to finish them. Hahahaha. It'll be another year before *that happens, I'm such a procrastinator.) But I do love the imagination some people have, given how descriptively evasive they are when it comes to the ads they post.

Here are some codes to deciphering furniture listings in Craigslist:
  • beautiful = ugly
  • antique = been living in the closet for the last century
  • shabby chic = either white or (wannabe) wrought-iron (or both) or something "antique" or "beautiful" that's been repainted white
  • Danish = stuff you'd find in an HMO waiting room
  • designer = more exposed metal than you'd find at a construction site
  • custom = ugly doesn't even begin to describe the atrocities
  • one of a kind = beyond "custom" in its ugliness
I know there are more, but I'm busy making cupcakes so can't think of anything else.