In the months since we have posted, the best thing that has happened is the birth of our grandson, Archer! He is SOOO cute. Grandpa is babysitting one or two days a week now that Natasha is back to work part time.
Grandpa Randy has also been busy trying to empty our house using Craigslist. Oh my! The stories we can tell. Here are a few highlights to chuckle over.
Just today, a man was very determined to be the first to buy our shop vac. He came, purchased it for our advertized $30, and then sent a text asking Randy for the pictures he had used to list it, so he could re-list it for $49! Cheeky, huh?
Randy created a “feeding frenzy” with a couple of Natasha’s cast-off furniture items. She had a very, very rough dresser and nightstand which Randy wrote needed to be completely sanded and repainted. He posted it about 10:30 pm and eventually had to take the post down and turn off his phone so we could get some sleep.
Our son in law Seth had an old dresser he thought should be thrown out. Randy listed it for $40, and created another feeding frenzy. It was purchased by a family who eventually came and purchased 5 other items. We have created a bit of a showroom in our living room with our items for sale.
Our dining room furniture was posted for moments. He posted it, got up from the computer, and walked to the garage and the phone rang with the buyer asking if we still had the set. It had been posted for about 30 seconds.
We had a cardio-glide exercise machine and a bread maker that had been posted for months and price dropped many times. For no apparent reason, they both sold in the same morning – to different people.
We sold a queen size bed one night at 10:30. A buyer was interested but we were at a basketball game that went to overtime. The buyer still wanted the bed and met us at home at 10:30.
We have other craigslist stories but you get the idea! Someone should do research on the craigslist mentality. It has us baffled.
We have met some nice people selling things this way who have been very interested and encouraging of our plan. We are making progress!
Even though we are getting pennies on the dollar for many of these possessions we have collected for years, it feels freeing to let them go – with just a couple of exceptions. My piano (that I have had “longer than Randy”) was given to a friend’s granddaughter who is excited to begin piano lessons. That was the hardest thing emotionally to part with. The second hardest thing, my grandmother’s sewing machine, was sold to a young woman just hours before the piano was picked up.
There will be more house and possession adventures ahead before we depart but we are excited and anticipating our future.