By Wendy Mihm | Thursday January 26, 2012
We recently moved clear across the country from Pasadena, California to Bethesda, Maryland and it was a huge pain in the arse. But Craigslist, sweet Craigslist, made things much easier on both ends of the journey.
While working with a national moving company, we learned that shipping things across the country is priced based on weight—so the less stuff you have to haul, the cheaper your moving bill will be. Well, enter Craigslist. We sold or gave away everything from strollers to ski boots. Then when we arrived on the other side, we realized that we didn’t have enough storage space for things like china, barware and wine glasses.
Back to Craigslist!
Through this incredible online free-for-all, we have gotten just about everything we need to live our new lives, at a fraction of the cost it would have been to buy new. Plus we’ve met some pretty cool people along the way.
Think about all the times you’ve scored great deals on Craigslist—or sold items you no longer need. And join me in reciting this long-overdue Ode to Craigslist.
Ode to Craigslist
Craigslist, I love you. Here’s why it’s so:
You help me buy furniture while saving dough.
But beyond furniture, plenty of stuff:
Like tickets and bikes and weights to stay buff.
In addition to buying, I’ve sold things there too,
A table, a blender, a stroller that’s blue.
After our move, boxes everywhere!
Posted “Free!” on Craigslist, 30 people were there.
Now that we’re here, we need two more things.
Each day we check Craigslist to see what it brings.
It just survived SOPA, to that I say “Whew!”
Without my sweet Craigslist, don’t know what I’d do.
So there you have it.
Remember, if you need something, check Craigslist before you buy retail. You just might save some serious cash.