Make more money faster on Craigslist

by CountryFriedMama on July 7, 2011

This is, by far, the strangest move I’ve ever planned, and I’ve moved a fair bit. We’re leaving Alabama for one year to live in a city apartment full of someone else’s stuff. We’re bringing clothes, shoes, favorite toys, important papers and not much else. This means the bulk of what we have will sit in storage until we come back next summer. And it recently occurred to me that we will be moving “home” in 2012 with two little girls quite different from the little girls with whom we’re leaving this month.

Miss D. and The Belle will be six and four when we return to the South, and the baby toys crammed into their closets will be even more outdated than they are now. And so, I’m spending an awful lot of time on Craigslist, posting things I don’t want to store only to discard in a year.

As I peruse the competition in the baby items section, I can’t understand how all the other sellers are so emotionless about their items. This is how the muthas do it, and I’m hoping it will pay off in fast sales, even if my Craigslist success makes me nostalgic for days gone by.

Share an anecdote. We’re selling our daughters’ wagon, the one we used to pull them to the park on sweltering summer days. They secured their sippies and bottles in these cup holders and used those seatbelts to keep their stuffed animals safe. Perhaps thousands of Goldfish crackers met their demise on this plastic floor. Our girls found the wagon to be a wonderful, moving theater from which they could serenade the neighborhood at the top of their lungs as their father and I hung our heads in embarrassment. You, too can know this joy, if only you buy this wagon for a mere third of the price you’d pay retail.

Use lots of similes and adjectives. Our almost-three-year-old looks like the evil neighbor lady biking through Kansas in The Wizard of Oz when she gets on this tricycle. When our sweet girl puts her head down and pedals hard, you better get out of her way or she’ll run you down — and your little dog, too! Flying monkeys and magic shoes aside, nothing is cuter than a toddler on a Radio Flyer trike. Match it with a sweet helmet covered in pictures of fishies, and your kid will be the envy of all her peers.

Overshare. This top-of-the-line breastpump filled my freezer with nutritious mommy milk for two babies, who have since grown into healthy girls, both in the 90th percentile or above for height and weight. This pump was my companion in an empty classroom where it did its thing while I graded papers and prayed no curious freshman would wander in and find me. I told my boss at the time that were that ever to happen, I would have to quit immediately. He thought I was joking. I was not. This electric pump, along with convenient car adapter, is in great shape and can be yours for a fraction of what you’d pay new.

I’m sure the offers will be flooding in. Any minute now…

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bubbe July 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm

The radio flyer bike!??? I’m all vaklempt.

Twitter: janatude
July 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Oh my goodness! I worry that Craigslist readers don’t actually read, though….


Elana July 7, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Are you really selling your breastpump? Cause I need one :) . Seems like something you might wanna keep in the family, no?


Country-Fried Mama
Twitter: countryfried
July 7, 2011 at 8:10 pm

You’re welcome to it, Elana! Let’s talk…


An Authentic Life
Twitter: KatieWaltersBzn
July 7, 2011 at 9:57 pm

OMG, I love your product descriptions.
One a side note, when we moved from the Golden State to the Treasure State, for far too long, we housed items in unrelenting storage units. And after 3 full rents of rent, we ended up selling, tossing or donating 90% of my most prized possessions.
Best to purge on the front end versus the back end. So to speak.


Rachel @ Grasping for Objectivity in my Subjective Life
Twitter: objectivityrach
July 8, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Ha! That’s hilarious. Good luck with the pump… those are just not meant to be purchased used.


Weekend Cowgirl
Twitter: weekendcowgirl
July 17, 2011 at 9:54 am

How much fun to go on a year long journey! Look forward to hearing about it this year.


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