Monday, July 06, 2009

Lollipops and Craigslist

On Friday, we were sitting in the drive-through at Dutch Brothers Coffee and the barista asked if Kylie wanted a lollipop. She loved it and proclaimed it, "Delicious!" She loves this new word. Everything has been "delicious" lately. This was her first ever lollipop. She was still eating it when we got home. I flapped around her like a nervous hen, convinced that she would bite it off and choke on it. But she did great!

Karen flew to Virginia last week and found us a home. We'll be leasing a house for a year. This will give us a chance to learn the area before we purchase a home. Plus, we have our Oregon home to sell first. While she was away house-hunting, I was busy packing and selling furniture on Craigslist.

I love Craigslist. What an awesome site. I've used it many times over the past few years. But, the process of selling your stuff can be a little frustrating. This past week, I put up between 15-20 ads to sell some furniture, kid toys, etc. I've had people who've said they are on their way to buy something and they don't show up and don't call. And man oh man! I have had some stupid phone calls. The phone calls surrounding selling our sage green couch were the worst.

Caller: The couch is sage green?
Me: Yes
Caller: "Are you sure?
Me: Deep sigh and think to myself, "Really? You are asking me if I'm sure about the color of my couch?"
But I take another deep breath and say, "Yep, I'm sure the couch in my family room that I'm looking at right now is sage green."

Caller: "Does it look like it does in the photo?"
Me: Think to myself, "Are you familiar with what a photograph is?" But I answer, "Yes, it looks like it does in the photo".
Caller: Do you have the dimensions?
Me: Are you looking at the ad now?
Caller: Yes
Me: If you look at the top of the ad you will see the dimensions.

Caller: Do you have a truck to bring the couch to me?
Me: No sir. When I wrote "cash and carry on the ad" I meant that you will need to pick up the couch from my house yourself.
Caller: Do you take checks?
Me: No sir. When I wrote "cash" on the ad, I meant cash.

Deep sigh. It makes me wonder about the survival of the human race.

Kylie is handling the shuffling and packing really well. I got her a Berenstain Bear book about moving. It's a little too wordy for her so I made up my own story about how the Bears are moving to Virginia. I think it helps her a bit.

Thanks to all of you for your comments and good thoughts. It really helps me!

Here are a few recent scrapbook pages:
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Laurie said...

We, too, love Craigslist! I'm glad Kylie is handling everything OK so far. Hopefully she will find excitement in exploring a new place!

Ethan Barry's Momma said...

Ethan absolutely loves suckers. I had to go to Target and buy a big bag of Dum Dums. It will be interesting to see if Kylie "catches the fever".

Craigslist can be annoying and frustrating but also quite lucrative. I hope you experience much of the latter. Good luck in all of your selling! Oh, and do tell about the new house. :)

Unknown said...

Sad that you'll be leaving the beautiful Pacific NorthWest, but Virginia is a lovely place (I have family in the area where you're moving). And it'll be great for Kylie to get to see more of the world and live somewhere new for a while.

Good luck with CList! It can be crazy sometimes!

Maya said...

Oh man, those Craiglist people are the worst. I remember being YELLED at by someone because they claimed to have "emailed me first" about something I was giving away and I had the nerve to give it to the first person who came to the house.
But it's also great for getting rid of stuff.

Stacey said...

i was nervous the first time riley had a sucker too.

i hate the cheapness of people on craigslist. they'll want it for nearly free!

Sip said...

Hope you're having success and much less frustration selling lots of other things! I lived in southern Virginia and miss it a lot, there's a wealth of lovely parks and activities for even younger kids. Finding a house must be a wonderful load off.

I'm a longtime lurker, but came out to cheer you on in the move!