Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Craigslist Saves the Show



We'd bought the tickets months in advance, splurging for great seats to see Neil deGrasse Tyson up close at Madison's Overture Center. My mother-in-law, who resides in the Sunshine State asked "how can you make plans now (it was September) for January......January in Wisconsin, what if it snows?"  It did not snow this past Monday, just a bit of freezing drizzle. Nothing to keep Wisconsites home.  A virus however did.  Yes, starting last Thursday a nasty little virus invaded our home, uprooting our routines.  First it was the older child, then the younger, and on Sunday it took aim at yours truly.  We had to admit, we were too sick to attend the show.  What to do with the $158 tickets?  Sell them!

Within 2 hours of posting them on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Craiglist they were gone.  Another couple was set to see the one and only Neil deGrasee Tyson.  The funniest part of this story -- another hour later a friend posted on my Facebook page that Madison is small world. The buyer of those tickets turned out to be a friend of hers; she made the connection when the friend came to visit and gushed about getting tickets to the sold-out event.

With money set aside, we'll find another event.  What event?  We have no idea, and realize the we need to be a little more last-minute.  Life with young children makes planning long-term just a slight challenge.

While many love Craigslist as a source of good buys, we currently love it as a selling place.  It saved the money from the show, and is playing a key part in selling or giving away items to met our 2015 pledge to purge 2,015 items from our home.  What is your favorite Craigslist story?  Leave a comment and share!


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