Saturday, March 14, 2009

A little Craigslist Heartache

In an effort to clear out the backyard a little, I asked HH if I could give away the old canoe that has never moved a millimeter in at least 6 years. He said yes.

Last night I took this picture...

and today I posted it for free on C-list. Then I stepped away from the computer for a couple of hours.

When I returned I had about 26 responses. HH wasn't thrilled to hear that I was GIVING it away, since even as a fixer-upper it's still worth some money.

I wasn't thrilled to have to give to the first person, when #23 on the list said "please" and clearly wanted it SO BADLY. And #25 really really wanted it for her 14 yr old son to fix up.

In a quandry about whether to honor the "free" or to repost it for a price...and if for free, then do I have to do the "first come, first serve"? I called Mom. Her response to my dilemma?

"I hate these moral questions! Call J, she's taking psychology, she should know the answer."

(lol, thanks Mom.)

So I called J. She suggested that I donate the canoe to their scout troop and use it as a tax write-off...she said their troop has been trying to find a fixer-upper.

So that's what I did. And I do feel good to be donating to BSA & passing the torch to a new group of boys.

HH's comment?

"Well what about OUR troop? Don't you think our boys want to go canoeing?"

Too late, HH.

I just emailed all the other people who so badly wanted a fixer-upper canoe. I'm heartbroken. I never want to list again.

I'm sorry Kathy & Seth. I wish I had 2 more canoes to give to you.


Annalia Romero said...

I felt the same way when I posted some old chairs (that I had bought at a garage sale years ago) on craigslist...and when I posted our moving boxes.
It's an emotional roller coaster!

Katie said...

I can't believe that canoe was still sitting there! I remember taking it out to Silver Lake with my dad, lol.

Heather, Rex, etc. said...

Been there, too. Craigslist is harsh that way. If you would have listed it for $1 you would have only had 2 responses and 1 wouldn't have shown up. heh heh.

Annalia Romero said...

My sister has six daughters who LOVE to match, so I think you might be ok. I just didn't draw the lucky straw on that one.