We're moving next month.
So I've been listing items for sale on local Facebook pages.
I recently listed Natalie's kitchen:
This was hard, because Natalie has had the kitchen since she was one. As I washed it, I thought about all her moments with the kitchen, and I teared up. But I knew we couldn't keep it. We have too much stuff.
I listed it for $20. A bargain, really. I also stated that the kitchen was ON BASE pickup only. I don't like delivering items off base because people either will A) not show up or B) say "they're running late" when it's time to pick up. And I don't have time for that nonsense.
Basically? If someone wanted the kitchen, they needed to come to me to pick it up. I was only listing it for $20--I didn't need the money desperately. If I didn't get a buyer, I'd bring it to Once Upon A Child where they'd most likely put it out for $40. So no skin off my back.
Naturally the first person who posted said "Want!" and I reminded her I was on base and she went, "Oh, I'm off base."
Did she not READ the description?
Then the next person was like, "I'm off base and would you take $15?"
Lady. No I will not. And I said ON BASE ONLY!
I can understand if they started with "I know you said on base only, but would you consider..." and I'd still say no, but I'd be less irritated.
I shouldn't be surprised though. Every time I've listed items online, I always get people who don't bother to read the description. Always. And I can bet THOSE are the people who don't show up when it's time to meet.
In the end it worked out though. The mom of one of Natalie's friends asked if she could pick it up. And yes, she's on base!
So the kitchen is gone now. I miss it. I stared at the gap where it stood for a bit. Tom came over and I thought he might reminisce with me but instead he went, "It looks SO much better in here now."
I won't be listing anything else. I don't have the patience. We still don't know where we're living when we move, so I'm stressed enough as it is. Everything else is going to Goodwill or Once Upon A Child.
Moral of the story? If you buy stuff online, read the description. Don't be exasperating.