Posts Tagged ‘craig’s list’

Blessed by a Stranger!

September 2, 2010

A friend of ours called me and said they would like to donate a washer, an antique desk and a water heater to our “adoption” garage sale.  We gratefully accepted and I went over to take pictures so I could put the items on Craigslist to sell.  I used my husband’s cell number because I didn’t want the calls and he would have to meet them over at the other house.  In a few hours from me posting them, he had calls on all three items and set up meeting times last night.  So I went with him…. kind of like a date night, but totally not counting as a date night. 

Long story short, I wrote in the ads that these were donated items for our adoption and I didn’t have background info on them, only descriptions.  The guy that showed up for the washing machine didn’t even look inside the washer!  He looked at the knobs, looked at the hoses and cord and said he’d take it.  My husband and the man loaded it into his truck and then he reached for the cash in his pocket.  He paid exactly what we asked and then handed my husband another $20 “for the cause.”  It brought tears to my eyes.  He asked how old our daughter is “God blessed” us and drove away.  I love when strangers “get it.”  I wonder if he even needed a washing machine?  I needed that little boost of encouragement!  Thanks, God.

Garage Sale gone Global, aka: Craig’s List

February 23, 2008

silk tree

Singlehandedly, I have uncovered a scheme for lonely people to interact with the outside world: post a FREE SILK TREE on Craig’s List.  The response is truly unbelievable.  Why do people need a “dusty silk tree with purple silk flowers glued in… could be removed without evidence”?  The answer is beyond my understanding. 

You may be wondering how I happened to have such a specimen.  (Don’t tell, but I HAD two.)  My husband brought them home to me, yes, from a garage sale, for our new house.  At that point they weren’t dusty.  They were just silk trees with purple flowers.  It was a good idea at the time.  But our “movin’ on up to the big house” plan didn’t materialize, and since then, our garage has been graced with their presence. 

Anyway, I was alone a few nights back and decided to post the garage trees for free on Craig’s List.  Within nanoseconds, I began receiving multiple emails from a broad cross-section of society who wanted my trees.  I simply responded to the first person.  Little did I realize that I could have made it a contest for “Best Reason for Wanting Silk Trees.”  The stories were amazing and amusing: a lady needed a non-faded tree for her patio because company was coming from out of state.  Another lady had an iguana sanctuary and the iguanas had grown so large that they were toppling their current silk trees.  A gent sent a heartfelt message about how his wife would just love the trees, and since he didn’t get a chance to celebrate Valentine’s Day, due to her illness, he would be grateful for the trees.  I was quite enjoying all the reasons people wanted them.  Their schedules were also a predominant response, caringly letting me know when they could come get the trees:  “I’ll be there at 8 a.m.” (OK, I’m not ready for social calls at 8 a.m.), or “My husband is off at 3 and he works just up the street from you”, or “I’ll be there when I can get a car”… and on and on.

The sad part was, after the 18th request for the silk trees, I decided to pull the ad, to stop the onslaught.  Well, for some unknown reason, my ad never posted to my account, so I couldn’t remove it.  I imagined hundreds of requests for purple-flowered silk trees flooding my email box.  I resorted to asking the kind tree-hungry people to tag my ad as “spam” for me.  After about two hours, thankfully it was removed.

But the interaction that occurred during those two hours was highly engaging.  One guy even sent an email in ALL CAPS that said, “I’LL GIVE YOU $20 FOR THE FREE TREES.”  :o)  I accepted.  The next morning I received another ALL CAPS email that he had experienced a “family tragedy” and was no longer able to pick up the trees.  NEXT!  The trees drove away with a lovely, elderly lady at 1:00 the next afternoon. 

If you are ever a bit bored and long to read personal emails, post a silk tree on Craig’s List.  Please send me the hilarious responses, so I can enjoy the experience again.  Heck, I might post the same picture, just to talk to my fellow neighbors again. (Don’t tell.)