Tim took a stained glass light down and replaced it with an LED fixture. It's brighter and more in line with what is needed in that room. The stained glass one was pretty enough, a five light chandelier type, but we really didn't have any place to put it. We were going to set it out with a free sign, but really, it was awfully nice, in perfect shape. I got the idea to post it on one of the online garage sale sites.
So I took a picture, posted it, and marked $20, which was a fair price, I thought. It had been an expensive lamp back in the day.
Immediately, I got a response. A woman said she'd pay $15 and come for it right away.
Since she was the first hit, I felt comfortable turning it down. "No," I responded. "$20 is a fair price."
There was no response.
Several hours later, she messaged back. She could pay $20, if I'd hold it for her until 5 PM the following afternoon. Since she was the first one to contact me, I felt that the fair thing to do was to give her first crack at it, so I said that I would hold it, but that if she didn't show up, I'd go on to the next person on the list. I gave her my address. I gave her my cell number, I told her to call if anything changed. I let the others know that the light was pending pick up but if it fell through for any reason, I'd go down the list.
I was cooking supper the following night when I noticed that it was 5:15. She hadn't showed, so I went to get my cell phone to call the next person on the list.
Much to my surprise, she had called me twice, the first call coming at 4:30. She was sitting out in front of my house. The second message came 15 minutes later. She was still in front of my house, and obviously I was not going to meet her, so she would like to arrange to meet the following week.
A little surprised, I texted back. "I was cooking supper. My phone was on the charger. The door was wide open and the light was sitting right in the entrance way waiting for you. I figured you would just come to the door."
She protested that she had called twice and messaged three times.
"I still don't understand why you did not come to the open door."
No response from her.
(Serious question: does everyone carry their cell with them all around the house. I don't....)
At that point, I thanked her for her interest and told her I was moving on to the next person.
That exchange went perfectly.
I got William signed up for the library summer reading program. I figure since he's already reading, this would 'sweeten the pot' even more. He gets a dollar for every book he reads, but he also gets a ticket for every hour he reads from the library which goes into a prize pot. If his ticket is selected, he gets a prize.
We picked up the book bag with all the information inside and sat down to read it together when we got home.
It read, in part, "We suggest making a goal of how many hours you would like to read this summer and then break it down into manageable time slots to accommodate for all of the things that you have going on this summer. For example, reading 20 minutes a day for 5 days equals an hour of reading that will get you one ticket!"
I stopped reading to do my own calculations. Reading 20 minutes a day for five days equals 100 minutes of reading which is one hour and 40 minutes.
I was typing at the computer when Tim came out. 'Hey? Have you seen my gum?' I picked up the papers I was typing from, expecting to find a pack of gum. Instead, the papers stuck to the desk. I gave a little tug and they came away from a wad of gum.
I stared in amazement, first at the gum, and then at Tim. "WTH?"
He laughed, popped the gum in his mouth and headed back out of the office. "Inflation, babe. Inflation."
LATE EDIT: I knew there was one more. I just remembered it. While I was placing my ad on the on-line market place, I noticed another ad for a pair of pants. I believe they were bicycling pants or motocross pants, can't say for sure, but here's what caught my eye. They were in perfect condition but the zipper only goes half way up.