Monday, April 19, 2010

Craigslist Queen

Seriously. I am the craiglist queen.

They should pay me for the amount of time I spend on that site.

In the past, I have found some fabulous buys on Craigslist. I have bought the girls clothes, a blow-up swimming pool, and even *gulp* a breast pump.

Now, I'll give ya that one. That was the weirdest thing I have ever bought on Craigslist. But before you call the sanitation police on me, let me explain. It was a $350 breast pump (which is a travesty in itself), that I got for $250 and it was brand new and in the package. The sealing was still on the box and all the parts were in airtight bags. Totally legite.

So seriously, you dont have to worry.

I am not kidding, STOP JUDGING ME! :-)

So lately I have been in a "let's sell everything we own on craigslist" mood. What can I say, I love to make a buck. Ben jokes with me, making me promise to not sell our kitchen sink while he is at work.

I dont know what it is about meeting strangers in a parking lot to exchange a bathtub for a wad of cash.

I don't kid. And that bathtub was a bargain!

Anyway, so lately I have been selling not only my stuff, but my friends stuff too. It is so empowering to earn money for junk, even when the money is going directly from my hand into my friends' pocket.

It's almost like one of those addicting gameshows. You arent really sure why you are watching it, but you just can't bring yourself to change the channel without finding out what number 5 on the survey says.

I just can't wait to see what kind of rediculouness I can get for people's discarded stuff. My friend Mellissa would have probably sold this in a garage sale for $20. Well, thats my cue....

$100 later, and I have moved from friend status to a recipient in the living will. I am selling one of these on craigslist, and it amazes me the freakish amounts people offer for a brand new, in the box vent-hood microwave. $50 - are you kidding me? That's insulting. Let me go ahead and just delete you from me e-mail inbox, you craigslist disgracer.

This one went in record time - 43 minutes to be exact. I was proud of that one. And then I got a headache from the ten thousand e-mails I got throughout the night wanting to know if I still had the fan. That is the last time I go to bed without deleting an already-sold item from craigslist.
G-mail seriously considered turning my account off to give it a "break."

And then there is this beaut. I told you I was the craigslist queen. How many of you can say you sold an RV on craigslist? I am not sure I had even stepped into an RV before I had to take pictures of this one. I am not going to lie. I thought about spending my tax return on it, and then I smacked myself back into reality. You know the one with three kids and an "up-in-the-air" future.

And this item really brought out the men from the sticks. When one guy called about it, I had to ask him ten times to repeat himself because his down-on-the-farm accent was so thick. I mean, whatever floats your boat. And for men in their late fifties, this ride is the midlife crisis waiting to happen.

Now before you all call me crazy for buying and selling on craigslist, I know you all do it too. So tell me, what is the craziest thing you ever bought or sold on craigslist or ebay?


Hannah said...

I love this post! Made me laugh! My husband tells me that I am addicted to Craig's List. It's true, I love just looking through things..even when I am not planning to buy anything. What's your secret? I have sold several things no problem before but currently have a buffet on there that won't sell.

Kristy said...

You wanna sell some stuff for me? C-List in Stillwater sucks. I've got a table, a double stroller, and lots more stuff. You seem to have the magic touch with this!

lsprad said...

Loved this!! I have become a craigslist stalker lately! Half the new baby' stuff is off of CL! I now have my key words locked in, find my cities and search about 3 times a day at least! Haven't sold anything that fun--or bought anything that different...but I love my bargains!

Anonymous said...

I sold a kitchen sink, no really. and faucet and disposal.

octobermomx2 said...

Oh Meredith! I just read this and it gave me just the little chuckle I needed :-)

Honestly... I HATE Craig's List I can't seem to find a blasted thing on there... I have thought about listing some stuff but just haven't taken the time to figure out how to do it and then there are the nightmares from my eBay days of having to sit and list for hours just to get a few items up!

But that is how we got Claire's crib and changing table... we actually got such a good deal on the crib it was like getting the changing table (that we weren't really even looking to purchase) for free!

Gwen T said...

Yay for great deals! We just got a very nice 2-kid bike trailer today through Craigs List!

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