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Sold!

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I’ve had a frenzy of a week with selling stuff.  I finally got my ring posted on “I do now I don’t” and it sold in the first 8 hours.  I have all the paperwork showing what it cost and I priced it at 50% of that and it sold.  I had a few inquiries asking for a reduced price but based on some online research I knew I was giving and getting a deal.  So, I’m $4,000 richer.   This website is pretty ingenious with its built in protections for both buyer and seller.  The buyer has to pay and then the money is held in escrow until I send the ring in to IDNID, they confirm the authenticity, they mail to the seller and then send me my money.  So far, I’m totally impressed.  This was, in many ways, “found money” and with no emotional attachment to this ring (yes, even the ring was a source of conflict in the marriage), I’m feeling good.

Next, I took your advice on my Craigslist items.  I had to step back and realize that there is a little money value in someone coming and picking up this furniture.  My bedroom set is on the second floor.  It is gigantic, solid furniture and my stairs have a “turn” in them.  The amount of time it would take movers to get this out is significant.  So, I lowered my  price by what I estimated movers would cost me to get it out of here, plus the cost of storage bc this furniture will not fit in the apartment and the reduction in price got it sold pretty quickly.  I bought this furniture 10 years ago for $2600 (it was a floor sample at a nice furniture store) and I sold it for $1000.

The table and buffet sold too.  I got $750 for those.  The two buyers have given me a cash deposit and they’ll come pick up this weekend. So excited!  We have a folding table that will serve as our dining table for now and my bed will just be on a metal frame.  Somehow I am finding even MORE motivation in this reality because a bit of discomfort in my living conditions (which really isn’t all that uncomfortable, but hopefully you know what I mean) will push me to get out of debt even faster I think.  I have a big dresser in my master closet that I call the ugly dresser bc it is in terrible condition as far as appearance goes but it is old school, solid furniture.  It was my grandmother’s and it is one of those dressers that has drawers so big that you just can’t find these days.  One day I hope to sand it down, paint or stain it and add new hardware but for now the scary dresser will do just fine!

There’s the sales frenzy update.  I’ve emailed the Homeowner’s Association because I can’t find any rules on yard sales but I know there has to be rules.  This neighborhood has A LOT of them and as I thought about it–I can’t remember a yard sale in the 3 years I’ve been here.  There are other options but the idea of selling the smaller stuff at a yard sale sounds very efficient.

Have a great day!  I’m off to look around my house for more stuff to sell!  I feel “lighter” by each moment!  🙂


Craigslist Adventure

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The quest for a vacuum cleaner via Craigslist continued today.  Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been trying to find a vacuum cleaner on Craigslist and I wasn’t having much luck.  They were selling quicker than I could contact the seller until today.  I found one that looked like a good fit and after a few text messages back and forth I met the seller to check out the vacuum.  The vacuum was close to new just as she described and at first glance…it looked to be a great deal.  I removed the canister just to take a quick, closer look and even before I removed it…I was overwhelmed by the smell of smoke.   The seller confirmed she was a smoker and I had to decline the purchase.

I am really such a logical thinker that it really does not occur to me to even ask if someone is a smoker.  That may be very naive but my black and white brain says if the overwhelming evidence says something is bad for your health…you stop doing it.  Smoking simply does not compute to me…so I didn’t even think to ask her if she smoked until I smelled it.  She was so kind and offered to clean it out and air it out as much as she could…but I had to decline.  After almost 2 weeks of Craigslist searching and a carpet growing more and more frightening…I left our meeting and went to Target.

I really did give this an honest chance.  I must have contacted 7 or 8 sellers only to learn that the vacuum was already sold.  Then today’s adventure yielded an “A-Ha!” moment and that’s okay.  I ended up spending less than planned at Target with a sale item as well as the 5% discount we get by using our Target Red Card (as a debit tied to our checking account).  Total cash spent:  $46.

Now I need to keep in mind that carrying massive loads of debt is also BAD for your health!  That helps me understand the very legit reactions many of you have to my debt!

I’m off to vacuum!


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