The oddest item I will ever sell on UsedOttawa
I promise to complete the sewing project I started writing out here and here very soon. The delay is due to the fact that I’ve been adding even MORE sewing projects to my to-do list (e.g. this awesome no-sew pet bed) and I think it would be super practical of me to buy all my fabric in one big swoop.
In the meantime I wanted to share a little something I will be posting on UsedOttawa later this week. It will probably be the strangest item I ever sell. It’s a flagpole. To be specific, an antique wooden flagpole that we found in our garage before we started our big home renovation. (Please don’t ask me how we “found” a flagpole in our garage. Suffice it to say it is not utterly impossible and is not a reflection of the state of our garage. Really.)
Like any classified ad, it needs to be well-crafted in order to capture the attention of a potential buyer. It needs to straddle the balance between succinct yet detailed, and it certainly doesn’t hurt to add a little something that will resonate with the reader. How about this for starters:
For sale: one solid wood antique flagpole of indeterminate age. Revisit a bygone era in which talented craftspeople worked hard to create one-of-a kind artifacts that were meant to last longer than a lifetime. Say nay to cold-hearted metal and fibreglass poles that are devoid of warmth, charm and history. Not all flag poles are created equal! This is a pole you can be proud of, one of historical significance that will stand tall in your yard and honour you and your flag. Pulleys not included. Measures approximately 20 ft.
Your additional suggestions are welcome!
And then there are photos. Photos can really make the sale. But how do you take a photo of a flagpole?
Most importantly, how does one price a flagpole? I’ve Googled like a madwoman and have come up dry. I think it could be pretty valuable, so I don’t want to go too low. They don’t make flagpoles like they used to, and there’s one website out there which pegs the price of a new wooden flagpole at around $3,000.