I'm convinced Craigslist is the modern version of finding gold at other people's garage sales. It's like what people used to do before The Antiques Roadshow came along and ruined it for all of us goldhunters. I have bought and sold enough things on Craiglist to earn a blackbelt Craigslist shopper award. At the very least I could teach a seminar on ins and outs of Craigslist business dealings. Come to think of it, I've probably made more money on Craigslist than I have from writing....hmm maybe I don't want to examine that too closely. The point I'm trying to make is there are deals to be found on Craigslist. Really, amazing deals and I excel at sniffing them out.
Which brings me to my point. Child #2 is still sleeping in the expandable toddler bed that was supposed to be temporary. The same bed, in fact, that I decreed unsuitably small for Child #1 when she turned five. For Child #2 it's been just fine, despite the fact that every time I change the sheets, the slats underneath the mattress fall off and I spend ten minutes trying to wrestle them back on to the bedframe.
Last week, on a whim, I pulled up twin beds on Craigslist and there was the perfect bed frame! At a really good price!! I sent an email to the person listing it and it was still available.
"I'm not driving an hour round trip to look at a bed frame," my husband informed me.
"That's okay," I said, undaunted. "I can do it by myself."
|This is the bed! Cute, right!!|
Everyone knows husbands don't have a clue how much the adorable little blue bed costs. That's a Craigslist basic, Craigslist for Dummies if you will. Instead of asking how much I owed him, I just handed him a wad of cash. It was totally a rookie move. He took it and we were done. The only problem is, it occured to me on the drive home that I might have overpaid him by $15. When I got home I loaded up my email and my fears were confirmed. Now I know $15 is not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but in Craigslist terms it's huge. It made my good deal, my amazing score, $15 less good! Now that I've had more time to think about it, maybe a career teaching Craigslist seminars isn't in my future. Maybe, I'd better just stick to writing.