Who wants to pick up a big load of break-your-back?


With new IKEA furniture entering the house other things need to go.

Last time I used Carousell I’ve been rather successful. When we decided to get rid of our big guest mattress that we are using when we have visitors, it was only natural I would try that service again. With Thomas’ new bed having arrived it seemed also like a good time to sell off the baby cot and the changing table.

A Latex mattress is difficult to sell, however. Especially in Singapore. It’s bulky and heavy and people typically do not have the access to cars people in Europe or the US have. So how would anyone pick up this baby here?

190x160x20 cm of Belgian pride (though purchased in Italy).
Before we put it on Carousell we cleaned the mattress covers. Above you see the outside. Then there is the light inner cover and then there’s of course the core.

It looks beaten and this should not be a surprise: the mattress is more than 10 years old. Despite its age, it is actually still very nice to sleep on which is why we felt comfortable to try and sell it.
Demand was not really going through the roof after I had placed the ad and I even spent an extra 7 bucks to bump the listing up over the weekend. Seemingly to no avail. Eventually I had a few folks interested, but the discussion normally stopped after sharing the above photo and confirming the age of the mattress.

So I started to check whether the Salvation Army might be interested in a donation. As I did this, another person on Carousell was interested and asked whether he would be allowed to pass by and have a look. I had him visiting on Wednesday. Looks like he’s a cab driver, at least he drove one here (and I was hoping he would buy, so I could see how he’d manage to squeeze the mattress into the car). In the end he was not fully convinced by the firmness, however, and after I showed him a torn piece on the edge of the core he concluded it was not worth taking the risk to take such an old mattress. 

Fair enough. The conversation went such that I think I could have actually convinced him to buy if I had been a little less honest. But clearly, I am not going to make someone pick up a heavy item, pay me for it and then leave him feel cheated.

After this it seemed that nobody else was interested anymore. Likewise for the baby cot and the changing table for which I got literally zero requests. I followed up with the Salvation Army, sent them photos and they agreed today to come by in 2 weeks to view and pick up all the items. 

Then I got another interested party via Carousell who wanted to pass by this weekend to have a look at the mattress. This person seemed to be pretty serious about it and I thought maybe they would buy. And then I got again a surprise message from the cab driver who asked me whether I’d reduce the price a little further and he would come tonight and pick it up.

Huh! Turns out he was considering cutting the mattress into pieces to use it as seat cushions. Well, sure. He showed up, paid the agreed amount and took the mattress home. Too bad I did not see how he fit it into his cab, but I saw him drive away. He must have managed to somehow get it in.

So now I have only two pieces left as donation for the Salvation Army. Based on my conversations with them they were very happy to take the cot and the changing table and were not sure about the mattress, so I don’t think they will be too disappointed.

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