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Wishing You a Very Craigslist Christmas

Wishing You a Very Craigslist Christmas!

I hate shopping.

And I’m not talking about Christmas shopping.  I mean 365 days a year.

I hear the stories all the time about all the moms who love their trips to Target and my eye starts to twitch a little (okay, a lot).

I hate the crowds, I hate knowing that whatever I buy will likely go on sale the minute after I buy it and I hate knowing that whatever I buy will be outgrown, obsolete, forgotten about in a matter of weeks.

So when I hear about people waking up at 5am on Black Friday to do the most extreme version of the thing that I do my best to avoid at 2pm on a Tuesday in April, you would assume that I would think those people are crazy, but I don’t.

I understand it.  I understand the thrill of getting the ‘best’ possible deal.  I understand the charge of feeling like you just saved a ton of money.

But even Black Friday isn’t good enough for me.

I need more.  And I need it cheaper.  I need it USED.

See, I don’t get excited about $49.99 for my choice of furniture items.

Wishing You a Very Craigslist Christmas from The Dusty Parachute

I get excited for Midcentury Modern bookcases that hold every size of kids book (and even has a shelf for Tag readers) priced at $15 on Craigslist.

Wishing You a Very Craigslist Christmas from The Dusty Parachute

Or beat up, junky little things for $5 that can be transformed into just the perfect piece for that little nook by the front door.

Wishing You a Very Craigslist Christmas from The Dusty Parachute

I have a hard time getting excited about “My choice of Toys for $24.99”

Wishing You a Very Craigslist Christmas from The Dusty Parachute

When for $24.99, last year I was able to buy my son all of these:

Wishing You a Very Craigslist Christmas from The Dusty Parachute

AND this:

Wishing You a Very Craigslist Christmas from The Dusty Parachute

AND this

Wishing You a Very Craigslist Christmas from The Dusty Parachute

AND these:

Wishing You a Very Craigslist Christmas from The Dusty Parachute

All for less than $24.99.  (Plus, the added bonus of momentarily feeling like a dangerous, bad-ass from a Breaking Bad episode while exchanging money in a Starbucks parking lot and walking away with a suspicious looking white duffle bag.)

It’s hard for me to get excited about 50% off Pokemon cards

Wishing You a Very Craigslist Christmas from The Dusty Parachute

When on our neighborhood Facebook Garage sale, you can get 700 Pokemon cards for $10.

Wishing You a Very Craigslist Christmas from The Dusty Parachute

And endless offers of books for next to nothing.

Wishing You a Very Craigslist Christmas from The Dusty Parachute

Or the rare, but ultimate thrill of finding the Monster High Torrelei doll your daughter has been wanting for year (which is discontinued and selling for $150+) for sale for $5.

Wishing You a Very Craigslist Christmas from The Dusty Parachute

So, while all the bargain shoppers are out facing the crowds at the mall, I’ll be here, sleeping in til 9:00 and doing a quick Facebook Garage Sale & Craigslist browse from my bed.

Even the slashed prices of Black Friday can’t compare to the crazy ass prices someone’s willing to charge for their ‘gently used’ treasures when they want that damn stuff out of their house.

Added bonus: On Christmas, you don’t have to spend hours removing those awful twist ties that secure toys withing that crazy-sharp, hermetically sealed plastic stuff use to pack toys in.  The person that was kind enough to sell you that awesome Millennium Falcon for $3 already did that for you last year.

Even better, when they’ve grown tired of (or outgrown) their toys, you can simply resell them and essentially get your money back.  Free toys!

To recap: No stores. Practically-free toys. No packaging. Happy kids.

Here’s wishing you a very merry Craigslist-Christmas.

Wishing You a Very Craigslist Christmas from The Dusty Parachute

Once upon a time, Susanne Kerns was a Senior Account Director at an advertising agency working for two of the top brands in the world. Nine years ago she traded in her corporate life for a life as a stay at home mom, raising two of the best kids in the world. She started her blog, The Dusty Parachute as a way to dust off her online advertising skills and begin her job search. Instead, she now uses it as a way to spend lots of time on the computer so her kids think that mommy has a job.

Susanne’s essays have been featured in Scary Mommy, BonBon Break and Redbook and she is also a contributor in the books, It’s Really 10 Months, Special Delivery and Martinis & Motherhood – Tales of Wonder Woe & WTF?!

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8 thoughts to “Wishing You a Very Craigslist Christmas!”

    1. Most of our furniture is too! I used to draw the line at things with fabric/cushions but fell in love with a mid century modern teak lounger a few months ago and broke my own rule…..and the kids’ beds….okay, I guess I have no rules.

  1. While I absolutely adore a trip to Target…the toy section gives me hives…EVERYTHING is $20+ it feels like! The local garage sale pages on Facebook are awesome! Between those and thrift stores I have put together some AWESOME Christmases in the past 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your great deals!

  2. I nodded along to this whole thing (mid century modern bookshelf!) (old furniture to refurbish!) (original tinker toys!), seeing as I’m currently scouring craigslist for a used Wii. I’ve bought so much of our furniture off Craigslist: my twins’ beds in perfect condition, a Pottery Barn bench, a World Market glass front cabinet. But things started to get downright creepy when you mentioned the Torelei doll. One of my twins is begging for one. I found one at HEB, but it’s not just like that one you have. In fact, I don’t think she even recognized her.

    Bottom line, we are very similar.

    1. Oh, that darn Torelei Stripe. I’m lucky we were able to buy it since my daughter piped up with a “$5 is such a good deal since the one on the internet is $150!” right in front of the lady. 🙂 I just bought all my son’s Christmas presents off of our neighborhood garage sale list this morning. 5 sets of Legos for $30 – woo hoo!

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