This is a post about Craigslist and listing free stuff on it. Before I begin, yes I know the dangers of Craigslist and I take a lot of precautions before I post anything on it for free. I never let the people coming to pick up things inside the house, keep my cell phone handy when they are coming by, and I always let hubby know when someone is coming by, their phone number, name, etc., and text him afterwards. There are certainly dangers with doing business on it, but there are certainly benefits too.
Sometimes it works to post things on there; sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes people say they will be there and never show up, etc.
Craigslist worked with getting rid of the old wood from a fence we had taken down and a new brick one constructed (that is a story for another day, a lesson in patience). I advertised it at 6:30 a.m. on Craigslist, within a half an hour I had 5 people interested. I always start with first and then move my way down the list. The first guy said he would be there around 9:30 to pick up the wood. This just represents a fraction of the wood he took. I said in my post they had to take all and he took all. Took him and his friend about an hour to load it in their trailer.
This didn't work. These are two sleeping pads that you would put under your sleeping bag while camping. We bought them when we were going to be without a bed for a bit in a move and thought it might help not have the floor be so hard. We barely used them, maybe 10 times top. We moved them a lot though and finally hubby was ready to part with them.
I had 25 people interested in them when I posted them on Craigslist but I could never connect with the people low on the list and after two days I was done; deleted the post and eventually just donated them to Goodwill.
The moving boxes was a success. We had LOTS OF moving boxes and packing paper.
I would say close to 50 boxes represented here. Hubby still has about 10 boxes to unpack.
I bound the boxes together except for the big wardrobe and odd sizes.
We had 3 boxes of packing paper. I think the movers kill several trees when they pack your stuff.
We were storing things in the extra bedroom but now it was time to get that a bit more organized.
I really wasn't going to work on the boxes today but felt like I should so I organized this and that, put some paper in the recycling bin and felt really compelled to put the pictures of the boxes on Craigslist. Did the posting.
About 15 minutes later I got an email saying that someone would come and pick them up around 11 a.m. He told me to delete my ad and he would take all the boxes and packing paper. I emailed back and said I wouldn't delete the post until he picked the stuff up but I wouldn't give it to anyone else. I gave him my name, address and phone number.
He showed up 30 minutes early. He had a hatchback car and the minute I saw it I thought "there's no way he is going to be able to get everything in there."
I was right, he didn't get everything in there but he got all the boxes, some of packing paper but not the 3 boxes of packing paper we had.
We talked a bit as he worked. I told him when he first got there to take his time, I was going to be working inside. I had moved the boxes to the garage and had locked the door from the garage to the house. He was an older man. He said "I have lung cancer, I always have to take my time." I told him when he was done with what he wanted to take to knock on the door and I would close the garage. I also told him if he needed to come back for a 2nd trip I would save the stuff for him.
Ten minutes later he did knock on the door. I thought "oh great, he's done and now I'll still have to figure out how to get rid of a lot of stuff" only to be pleasantly surprised that he had gotten all the boxes in his car.
I asked him when he was moving and he started telling his story.
His wife will retire the 3rd week in September. She is holding in there until then so she can get medical insurance benefits.
They are moving back to South Florida where they lived for a long time and there are family and friends still there.
She is a multiple cancer survivor. He will not be surviving this lung cancer he has.
His main goal is to get her moved and settled in with friends and family close by before he passes. They have a little condo area they are looking to buy into where she won't have to do outside work and there will be other services available for her.
He talked matter of factly without remorse or regret.
And so what did I do? I volunteered to take the 3 boxes of packing paper over to their house this weekend in my van (can't do it before because of my work schedule). We're still working out the details. He might come back for them when his wife is off work the next 2 days or we'll try to unpack more and take the paper and the boxes over to him, about a 30 minute drive.
He was meant to get those boxes. I felt restless until I started working on them, though I was tired, not having slept well the night before.
God was nudging me. I'm glad I followed through.
They will be in my prayers.
So sometimes Craigslist is beneficial; only if one makes sure to protect themselves in their involvement with it.