Sunday, November 9, 2008

Why I *heart* Craigslist

Addicted is probably a more accurate term. I had my first Craigslist experience back in October. We were preparing to yard sale when I realized--it rains a lot in Washington state. The last place I wanted to be early on a Saturday morning was shivering in the cold and drizzle trying to negotiate the price of crib bumper with a tightwad. That's when Craig's seed was planted. After making my very first posting and subsequent successful sale, I was hooked. I have been selling pretty consistently ever since. Granted, I was VERY hesitant about this whole meet strangers/exhange money/goods thing, but James and I have created our own safe words. A plus against the actual weirdos is that since we live on-post, we can meet prospective buyers at the official Ft. Lewis Visitor's Center in clear view of security cameras and a few dozen eye witnesses. If the items are particularly "manly" (like the drill we recently sold), I handle the e-mailing as "Sharon" and then I send James to the Visitor's Center as my "Goon to Collect The Cash". His face very much says, "Don't try to **** with me." I think I'm going to nickname him Craig.

4 comments:

Jenny B said...

LOL at the Goon. I've always had good experiences with CL as well. You're right, safety is first!

Stacey said...

haha! I love that! What an awesome plan you guys have!

Maria said...

Your husband could not possibly look like a goon!
I have got to try Craigslist...

Christy said...

That is so cool! I've given away so much that I could have sold b/c the idea of strangers coming to the house scares me so much. Sounds like you have the perfect set-up!