Spring Cleaning

• 19 March 2007

All this sunny weather is a steady reminder that Spring is approaching. In fact, tomorrow, March 20, is the first official day of Spring this year. How exciting! To commemorate the day let's talk about something near and dear to my heart...craigslist!

Q: What is Craigslist you ask? A: Local classifieds and forums for 450 cities worldwide - community moderated, and largely free.

Q: What can I find there?
A: Jobs, housing, goods, services, etc. My favorites include metal detectors, furniture, and French baby clothing.

Q: How did craigslist get started?
A: In early 1995, by Craig Newmark, in San Francisco, CA (see pic of Craig below). This is the city where we got hooked!

Q: How much traffic does craigslist get?
A: More than 5 billion page views per month

Q: How does that compare with other english-language sites?
A: craigslist is #7, behind yahoo, aol, microsoft, google, ebay, and news corp

Q: How many people use craigslist?
A: More than 15 million each month

Okay, so I won't put you through anymore Q&A but you get the idea.

In honor of Spring I encourage you all to do the following:

1. Go through each drawer, cupboard, closet, and container in your home. Sift through all, I mean all, items you haven't worn or used in the past 12 months (a generous buffer indeed).

2. Deem which items would be useful to someone else...you may need to call in an honest friend for help on this one.

3. Take a few pictures of each item.

4. Go to www.craigslist.org and click on "Post to Classifieds" in the upper left corner. It will walk you through putting up a listing. It's easy, free, and bound to bring you much spending cash! :)

So do yourself a favor, turn those unused items into cash, get some Spring Cleaning done simulteneously and then use all that Craigslist Cash for a few new Spring pieces for your wardrobe. How fun would that be?!

If you end up selling anything be sure to leave a comment! Good luck!


jerin said...

This is truly a worthwhile thing to do. Not only do you clean out your house, you never know the friends you'll meet. ;)

Our only problem is that we traditionally bought more than we sell. It's time to reverse that trend.

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