I love Craig’s List. Mostly because I am the most frugal person I know and it tends to yield “free” money and the best of bargains. However, I also I love the idea of keeping things out of the landfill that others would find useful.
Take for instance a single vanity we bought in 2003 for our first house. We were broke so I’m sure it was the least-expensive-but-still-nice-looking-vanity that Home Depot sold.
I specifically remember the day I assembled it myself. By no means do I utilize “easy” and “assemble-at-home” in the same sentence. Ever. But I tackled this project because it was more appealing than arguing with my boyfriend at the time about the best way to lay tile. Because that was definitely my area of expertise.
Did I mention we were arguing in a bathroom the size of my thumb?
Believe it or not (insert pat on back) that vanity is still standing today. Better yet, I just sold it on Craigslist for $50.
It came out of the house we installed it in originally (now a rental property) because that bath got an upgraded vanity, because our current home is getting an upgraded vanity.
The kicker? It went to a women who was installing it in her rental property. And I must add, she referred it, my assembled-with-my-own-two-hands-eight-years-ago-vanity, as a “huge upgrade.”
Hear that? It’s the sound of pride. Thanks to a simple chain of events stemming from spending [insert obscene 5-digit number here] for my new master suite, two other houses get an upgrade too, and I made off with $50.
And that old boyfriend I mentioned? Well, now he’s my husband and it took him days to get over the fact that I was able to sell that vanity. I can tell you I won’t be sharing that $50 with him.
I pretty sure I earned it eight years ago assembling a vanity at home.
I shared this post at Frugal Tuesday.