Secondhand Sunday

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sundays are my Secondhand day. I'm basically too lazy to think of anything new to say so I re-post a "vintage" entry.

If you aren't in the mood for repeats, please feel free to change the channel.

"For Sale by Owner"

Original Post Date, May 17, 2010

I've only used Craigslist a few times before to sell some larger items that are too big to list and ship on eBay. I've heard all the horror stories about the dangers of having someone come to your home to buy something but I have a foolproof plan that's worked in the past.

I always list things that "we" are selling.

We no longer need this...

We replaced this with a new one...

When they call my cell phone (never my home phone), I give them a few different times that they can come over to buy said item. I tell them that I might not be there but that my husband probably will.

If picking up the item requires them to set foot inside my house, I put a pair of men's work boots that I purchased at the Goodwill outside the door and hang a man's coat on the railing that goes upstairs.

That's right. My husband is a logger in suburban Cleveland.

I either run the shower and leave the door open so they can hear it or I play music loudly upstairs. Hubby is preoccupied and can't come down.

You may be laughing but hey, it's kept me from being robbed and/or killed so shut it! It probably helps that I'm not selling anything so valuable that anyone would go crazy over it.

After I listed my item, I started peeking around Craigslist to see what other people were selling and I found a whole lotta stuff I can live without.

1963 Ford

2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee-needs some work

Coffee mug warmer, $1.00

Antique sink, $40

Raggedy Ann & Andy mugs, $5

Dozer, John Deere, $32,000

Retro kitchen table, $250

Goofy phone, $45

And one item I might need to go buy with my husband:

Oh, yeah...


  1. So funny, I to am a eBay seller and have only used Craigslist when necessary. Brings out the creeps.

  2. Hey, I want that coffee warmer! And the Goofy looks shifty. Is he playing with himself?!

  3. Have stuff listed on Craigslist right now. When they come over I am usually prepared for the worst. Some far its been pretty good but a couple have been a bit sketchy.

    I dont use ebay cause I hate to ship stuff.

  4. I got an entire patio's worth of gorgeous bricks for free, thanks to Craiglist. Love it!

    I got a red velvet covered 1941 Duncan Phyfe sofa for $350 on Ebay. Love it!

    You just have to have your brains on when using either one, they're valuable resources!

    Don't even get me started on Etsy - I'm an addict, I'm afraid.

    P.S. I would SO take that sink and the retro dining table!!! Mmmmmmmm!

  5. @Bread and beer,
    What do you sell?

    Only you would say that about beloved Goofy!

    @Simply Suthern,
    Right! Shipping is a hassle. I have a dining room table on there now. I'm tempted to just have some charity come and pick it up for the tax write off.

    Yay, free bricks! Yay, cool sofa! Did they ship it or was it a p/u? OMG, I'm SO addicted to Etsy. I don't know how I've never been on it all this time!! We had that exact kitchen table growing up but ours was gray. :-)


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