You know that “spring cleaning” thing that people do in, well… spring? I’m doing it right now. Going through closets, making piles for Donate, Yard Sale and craigslist.
Handsome Hubby and I have spent the last week posting furniture to sell on craigslist. I love craigslist for finding some great deals, and I know how to price things so that they are sold fairly quickly. In other words: I price things fairly.
Which is why it bugs the crap out of me if something is priced fairly at say, $100 and then I get an email from someone who asks if I’ll take $20 for it, because they really need it and they don’t have a lot of money.
You don’t have a lot of money?
Oh that’s sad. I have tons of money.
I have money coming out of several different orifices all at once. I have money up to my eyeballs. I burn money in the fireplace when it’s cold and I wipe my butt with $100 dollar bills when I’m out of toilet paper. I have plenty of money! Come on over and just take whatever you need! I have food in the cupboards too. Help yourself.
Will I take $300 for the brand new bed and mattress set that is worth $2,500, but I’ve listed for $650? Um, no.
Will I sell you the $150 chair for $50? No.
My dining table is the same kind you had when you were a little girl? That’s sweet. No, I do not offer a discount for sentimental value. (If anything, I may jack up the price.) Kidding.
Will I donate the furniture to your “Mission Charity”….? No.
(And if you’re going to pretend to be a charity, you should get new email address, because email@example.com was a giveaway….)
(Incidentally, we donated a Suburban totally packed with stuff for a single mom who had been homeless and was moving into her first apartment! Please check out my favorite organization to see what amazing things they do for homeless kids…)
In addition to ridiculous money questions, there were just plain old ridiculous.
I have a puzzle problem when we’re at our cabin. As part of my puzzle 12 step program, I posted an ad for 25 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzles. (I told you… a puzzle problem…) I had a woman respond to the posting. As we were talking she said she wanted to get them this past Friday afternoon.
Me: “Sorry, that won’t work for me, we will be attending a funeral.”
Stupid Thoughtless Woman (STW): “Where is the funeral?”
STW: “Perfect! I’m on your way! Maybe you could swing by and let me see them on your way to Corona!”
…crickets chirp in the silence for a few moments….
Me: “Did you really just ask me to bring you 25 puzzles while on my way to a funeral?”
Am I the only one whose Mama raised me right?
What is it with people who think I should bring my items to them? I had a guy tell me I was too far away and would I consider driving a $75 item up to Los Angeles (a 30 minute drive… if you’re traveling at 3:00 in the morning, otherwise almost an hour and a half one way….) um. No.
I’ve decided that craigslist is very much like people-watching, except that you end up having to communicate with people that you really would rather just mock from a distance.