February 22, 2013 by Decorum DIYer
Well, sometimes, Craigslist is crazy, or ‘cray-cray’ as some less verbally proficient people may say. You know, these are the same people who list a dresser on Craigslist as a ‘chester drawers’. Presumably the seller has a ‘chest of drawers’? Or, they try to sell their ‘chase’ lounge. But I digress, I am not a perfect example of grammar and the English language either.
If you follow this blog, and especially my facebook page (hint, hint), then you know I have an obsession with Craigslist. It really is a great resource for vintage, original, and mostly inexpensive, second-hand treasures.
However, Craigslist is a strange land to navigate sometimes. We all have stories, I’m sure. Below are just two of my stories from this past week alone. Scenario one is humorous, but skip to scenario two, if you want a warm, fuzzy feeling.
Scenario #1 –
Are you kidding me?
In addition to shopping Craigslist, I also often list items from my own home. Most recently, I listed our HUGE 36″ tube television and its corresponding stand for free.
Here is the ad I posted:
Available FOR FREE, IMMEDIATELY, is a 36″ Sony Trinitron Television/TV and television stand.The television was manufactured in the year 2000 and is in excellent working condition. (39″w x 29″h x 24″d)
The television stand is on rolling casters and serves its purpose.
It is great for television components and storage, but is cosmetically marred/distressed, but still solid and usable. (32″w x 24″h x 22″d) [Special note: items contained in the television stand are not included in this offer. We are only offering the television and the empty television stand.] The television is available for immediate pick-up, pending scheduled appointment. IMPORTANT:THIS TELEVISION IS EXTREMELY HEAVY (at least 200 lbs.) AND REQUIRES AT LEAST TWO STRONG INDIVIDUALS TO HAUL.**We, the ‘gifters’, are unable to assist you with removal/loading of the television and television stand and are not responsible for any injuries associated with television and television stand removal. That said, the television is currently in our living room, a ground floor level, and awaiting pickup. Individuals that remove the television need only to exit our front door, step down one small step (the height of a brick) and transverse our level front yard. No complicated hallways, stairwells, steps, nor hills to navigate. Please bring appropriate vehicle to load television and haul away.** From a clean, smoke-free home
Scenario #2 –
On the bright side, I did have another, more positive Craigslist experience. You see, the part inside me that has a conscience often tries to make what I call “Craigslist connections”. (Let’s be clear here. I am not speaking of Craigslist’s ‘casual encounters’. Okay, moving on….) Through my daily perusal of Craigslist, I see many people, often in need, asking for items for their households, and mostly for their children. These ‘wanted’ ads seem sincere, so I take the time to find a match.
Last week, I was fortunate enough to make such a connection. I had read a lengthy ‘wanted’ ad requesting a specific type of bunk bed for a two-year old and a four-year old pair of siblings. The bunk bed needed to be wooden and have stairs, instead of the standard ladder, as it was the safety concern of the mother. The ad stated that the family had been struggling, moved, caught up on bills after the father had lost his job, and that they were willing to spend $200 on such a bunk bed.
As luck would have it, I found an exact match to the bunk bed requested FOR FREE on Craigslist. I immediately contacted the ‘gifter’ and explained the scenario. Here is a redacted version of my e-mail correspondence. (I have removed identifying information to protect the parties. Be warned, this attempt also made my formatting ‘screwy’.)
My initial e-mail:
On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM, C. Drumgoole <cdrumgoole@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
I am a third party, but couldn’t help notice that a family in need is looking for an inexpensive bunk bed on Craigslist and that you have one for free. Perhaps you would like to contact them with your bunk bed. I am sure they would appreciate the gesture.
This is the family’s ad: http://baltimore.craigslist.org/fuo/3612338821.html.
I do not know them, nor you, I just thought I would make a Craigslist connection.
Thank you and Happy Valentine’s Day,
The Craigslister’s response:
On Feb 14, 2013, at 12:32 PM, Ebony XXXX wrote:
You literally made my eyes water when I read your message. That was extremely nice and thoughtful of you to refer that family to me. I just sent her a message, hopefully she responds. I didn’t know my post would generate so many responses and I just posted it but I am definitely going to give it to her if she hasn’t already found something.
You have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!!
On Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 1:16 PM, C. Drumgoole <cdrumgoole@xxx> wrote:
Thank you. I am happy that my unsolicited, out-of-the-blue message was taken by you with the spirit I intended. I appreciate you taking the initiative and contacting the family. I hope that things work out for all parties. Good luck and bless you.
Final reply WITH GREAT NEWS!
I just wanted to let you know that the family you referred to me came and picked up the bedroom set last night. They were extremely happy and thankful about the bed and that someone like yourself took the opportunity to connect us. Truly a happy ending.
Enjoy your day!
A happy ending, indeed! I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!
I encourage all of you to do the same. We can all make a huge difference in someone’s day, with just a little effort.
So, do you have any Craigslist stories of either scenario? I’d love to hear them!
Until next time…, happy Craiglisting!