Man, only took us THREE months to do! Haha… if only I had that thrift shop open! ;) But even though this probably sets the record for the longest time I’ve ever sold anything on Craigslist, at least in the end we prevailed. And now I get more of my space back too!
Here’s how it all went down. I’m sure some of you can relate to some of this:
- 6 years ago I REALLY really REALLY wanted a piano cuz I wanted to learn how to play and figured the only way that was to happen was if we had one IN our house. Plus, I’ve always thought they looked pretty pimp in homes too and added in a bit of elegance ;)
- So we researched all over Craigslist and finally found the one that would soon be ours, for only $350. It was old – like 60 years old – and antique kinda looking, but everything was in decent shape and we were ready to start playing it!
- We paid another $200 for it to be moved professionally (I had originally thought I could save the money and just do it myself with a few friends, but after 10 seconds of even trying to LIFE the dang thing I realized I was a big ol’ idiot. Plus it would probably break the car, haha…) and 2 weeks later it was ours.
- It then sat.
- And sat.
- And sat.
- Until one day I said “Hey you! Get your ass on it and start learning!” So I did… for 20 minutes.
- And then it sat again.
- And again.
- And again.
- Then in the first week of getting started on Operation Pimp Library, I decided it was finally time to just let go of it and hopefully find a family that would actually PLAY the darn thing.
- So we cleaned it up, double checked the condition of everything (it turned out 2 of the keys were a bit funky and only worked 50% of the time), and then listed it on Craigslist for a solid $300. $50 less than we originally paid for it, and $250 less if you count the $200 it took to move it on over (which we wouldn’t get back).
- And we waited.
- And waited and waited, and nothing. Unless you count the dozens of scammer emails all trying to rip you off behind your back (a-holes).
- So we went back and dropped it down to $250, and again waited.
- Then we moved it to $200 and started getting a few hits here and there. Though if any of you have ever tried to sell something on Craigslist, you know about 50% of the potential buyers end up flaking out and never have the decency to even keep you updated…
- Nothing panned out, and we gave up.
- 2 weeks later I decided I had had enough, and got re-energized to complete the mission once and for all. It was taking up too much space!!
- I dropped the price, yet again, to $150, and decided that was the lowest we were gonna go and if I didn’t sell it at that point, it was going right out into the FREE department.
- We then probably went through 6 or 7 buyers humming and hawing about whether to buy it or not (the tricky part were the half-broken keys, of course), and then one family who told us 100% they wanted it and would be back in 3 days to pick it up. We thought for SURE it was a done deal at that point, but the night before they were set to come out, their piano teacher called and ended up giving them her old one for free! D’oh!
- Fast forward 3 more weeks ’till yesterday, and we finally had a winner!! YAY!!! She came right on over – on schedule – took 8 minutes to look at it and take a diagnosis, and 10 seconds later I had $150 in cash and the movers planned to come out and pick it up. Mission completed!
The moral of the story? Keep being patient and evaluate things over and over again until you’ve finally found the winning concoction. Whether it’s with selling stuff, paying off debt, looking for a new job or whatever. It’s annoying as hell (believe me!), and you want to give up more often than not, but in the end good things DO come if it’s important to you and you stick to it :) And then afterwards it all becomes a part of “the story” and you move right into the next mission on your list!
Which, for us, is now figuring out what to do with our two dusty guitars sitting around too, haha… I learned a 3rd moral here that me and instruments just don’t go together, no matter HOW sexy I think they are in my hands ;) That’ll save me a lot of money and trouble down the road!
Who else is on a mission to get rid of stuff taking up space in their house? Anyone just unloading it like a rock star?
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!