Monday, July 18, 2011


Here's my confession for the day.  I love Craigslist.  Have you seen the t-shirts that say "J'adore Dior"?  I wish they had one that says "J'adore Craigslist".

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!!
And I did.  That night I braved rush hour traffic to the 'burbs.  At the end of a long drive, there was the perfect bed frame.  The owner and I stacked all the pieces in my car and, as I drove home with bed slats wiggling between me and the passenger's seat, I had two niggling worries.  The first one, that I would get into a horrible car accident and be decapitated by my son's bedslats thankfully didn't come to pass.  As for the second worry, I wasn't so lucky.

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.


Hart Johnson said...


I should probably take a course from you. I am terrified to use Craigs List (or EBay, or any online purchasing system that isn't a store)... but I have some things I'd love to SELL that way... I keep intending to learn... but like so many other things, it hasn't reached the top of my list yet.

erica and christy said...

I've looked, but I haven't bought anything there yet.

A few weeks ago, I had my son hand a homeless woman a couple dollars through the car window. Except later I found out I handed him a ten and a five. It took a couple days before I convinced myself the accidental $15 might give me some good karma or something!

Johanna Garth said...

Hart, selling on Craigslist is almost as good as getting a good bargain on it!

Erica, I'm sure you earned a bunch of good karma!!