It’s time again for Non-Consumer Mish-Mash, where I write a little bit about this and a little bit about that.
An Opportunity to Practice Being Patient
Do you remember that 8′ X 11′ Pottery Barn rug that I picked up at the Goodwill Outlet for $25? My plan had been to break out the ol’ Bissell rug shampooer to freshen it up, and then sell it on Craigslist for $200. I figured this was a good price, as a new version of the same rug is $700.
Sounds great, right?
Well . . . I did shampoo the rug, (which, by the way, made it look fan-freaking-tastic!) and then I listed it on Craigslist. And then I waited, and waited, and waited . . .
I did get a few inquiries, and only one person actually came to the house. But she said it didn’t really “fit with her decor.” (Yeah, whatever . . . )
So I dropped the price to $100.
I then got one offer at $70, to which I countered at $80, but that person lost interest. And then yesterday, a young couple came by the house and bought the rug for $100!
This was very much an exercise in practicing being patient. I didn’t keep track, but I think I relisted the rug five, maybe six times before it finally sold. It may sound like a pain in the tuchus, but relisting a Craigslist ad takes at tops maybe twenty seconds.
Not a bad way to make $75.
It should come as no surprise that I shop the sales when it comes to buying produce. Braeburn apples on sale? Then that’s which apples we’ll be eating that week. But when January rolls around in Oregon, produce prices are higher, and my inner cheapskate, (okay, okay, outer cheapskate) balks at produce prices.
$1.28 a pound for *sale* apples? I am not paying those prices!
Luckily, my inner cheapskate has a friend who I like to call “Slap Upside the Head, Voice of Reason.” This is what she sounds like:
“Katy, it doesn’t matter how much produce is costing, you can’t just stop buying fresh fruit and vegetables for your family.”
Thank goodness she’s there, or my family would subsist on nothing but Ramen noodles and house brand macaroni and cheese. Inner cheapskate lady needs to get a grip.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”
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