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Treasure Hunting via Craigslist

Treasure Hunting via Craigslist

How many of you have ever bought or sold anything via Craigslist?  It’s quite an experience. There are the predictable scammers that want to mail you the money for a vehicle you have for sale. Or the folks that have a place for sale or rent, if you can just wire them the down payment, it will be a done deal.  My personal favorite, the person that is all set to buy your couch… until their nephew wrecks their pickup and they can’t afford to spend more than $75 for anything… Sheesha. But, for the most part, Craigslist is a great way to buy, sell or trade.

I got to thinking, without Lance in my life, what would I have to blog about??  Today was no exception. After a busy weekend of pulling over five dozen stumps out of our yard and smoothing everything over, we head into town to return the rented Skid Steer. Those of you who don’t know what a Skid Steer is, I pity your sheltered city life ;-). Lance decides to call on a ‘House Jack’ offered for $50.  Apparently, this nifty tool can hoist our entire cabin up with a few twists and turns.

Warning: Do not attempt to go treasure hunting without a GPS, unless you are a glutton for punishment. After entering the house jack location into the GPS, we made our way to Spokane Valley, WA. Thanks to Craigslist, we’ve gotten to see more small town America than the average shopper. We drive into a well manicured neighborhood that could be the set for That 70s Show. We arrived at our destination without a single ‘RECALCULATING’ scolded at us even once. On the drive-way were Wayne and his girl friend, polishing the house jack.

While the jack isn’t hydraulic (did I mention, my husband could put Tim the Toolman Taylor out of business), Lance decides to buy it without dickering on price. Next comes the question I love, “What else have you got to sell?” This seems to perplex people. So Lance asks again, ‘What else do you want to get rid of?”  Invariably, everyone has a boat or jet ski they want to unload.  Sure, we live in a lake community, but who has time for toys? Not Lance! So, off Wayne and Lance go, into the junk laden garage. Then they circle the house a couple of times. I’m certain Lance asked a time or two more what else did Wayne wanted get rid of.

In the meantime, I sit in the truck sucking free internet from an unsuspecting neighbor who hasn’t locked his wi-fi (thank you ‘Galactica’). Thirty minutes pass. Wayne’s girl friend comes out to visit with me.  She manages to tell me about becoming a widow, then meeting Wayne at a bar. Oh, she never goes to bars, mind you…

We head back to Idaho with a fiberglass pond insert (I see happy, cool chickens in our future), a really nice piece of diamond-plate aluminum (<–he’s really excited about that), yards and yards of various unique copper wiring, a heavy-duty plastic pallet, 2 metal hauling clamps and a house jack. Lance will find a use for all these treasures, you-betcha-bob he will!  Everything in his barn has a purpose or it gets recycled or given to the neighbors.

Craigslist has provided many adventures for us. We’ve looked at property, sold my car, our dining room table, couches, washer/dryer… Searching for a pick up truck provided us with months of entertainment, resulting in the 2nd love of Lance’s life, Big Red. Last month I bought a chair that the lady assured me was leather. She offered to deliver it and when she pulled up in the pouring rain with 3 kids in the truck, she unloaded the wettest plastic chair I’ve ever seen. Lesson learned (people aren’t always honest) and I was too shocked to argue. We now own a pleather chair.

My life is an adventure. I never know what tomorrow will bring…


About Lets Go To Idaho

Me, Mare, empty nester, flew the coop (& heat) of Alabama and landed in northern Idaho. Bought a house without setting foot in the state. This blog was created in the summer of 2011, as my beau, Lance and I were packing to move to north... Many things, big and small, have happened since that blistering hot July in Bama when I began this blog. Read about our whirlwind adventures. Our real life love story. The good, the bad, the silly and the crazy things that happen to us.

3 responses

  1. Yes we meet on CL, & Emily STILL loves the Honda :)) . But I have to admit most Cl experiences have not been as good as the one we shared….

  2. I, too, have been lucky on CL. We sold a lot of unwanted stuff in the great house purge of 2010. Worst experience was a no-show buyer while baby Mia screamed in the back seat of the car during our half hour wait (to sell a diaper bag for a measly $10, jeez). I’ll take that worse experience over a CL rapist or murderer any day, tho!

  3. So what happened to the leather chair I left?

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