Saturday, March 24, 2007

Craigslist + MapQuest = Saturday morning fun!

I love Craigslist. It got us the house we lived in when we first moved here and a year later it got us the house we live in now. I found my teaching job posted on Craigslist and even a few kokoleo commissions have come my way via the message boards.

My favorite thing to do when I wake up on Saturday mornings is to check out Craigslist for garage sales in our area. Unlike back East, where garage and yard sales are a seasonal thing, people have them year round here. When I lived in West Virginia, yard saling was hit-or-miss. I'd find ads in the newspaper or simply drive around searching for signs. But here in L.A. (and in other big cities) we have Craigslist. When you combine it with MapQuest you can build yourself a Saturday afternoon excursion. Their new RouteBuilder feature rocks!

Behold, today's haul:

From yard sale #1 in Sherman Oaks, some fake mink material (2 yards), gold leather (2 yards), and vintage oversized buttons. Total: $10.00.

Yard sale #2 in Valley Village was my favorite. It turned out that the women holding the sale were indie entrepreneurs. One runs You're Such a Baby and the other runs the stationery company Rock Scissor Paper. This is why I love L.A., you never know who you're going to meet. They were having a blowout sale of all their overstock stuff, so I hit the jackpot. For $22 I got:

Some cute retro embellished onesies for the wee one in my belly, plus one for Sage and one for me.

20 blank onesies (soon to be embellished kokoleo-style).

And below, some cute stationery, notepads and buttons from Rock Scissor Paper. It turns out, we sell our wares at the same store - All' Aboard in Los Angeles. When I saw her stuff I immediately recognized it. Kokoleo customers may too - I've used some of her stationery as thank you cards. Future kokoleo customer can look forward to getting cards like these:

And for our little GIRL (I'm still giddy about this) , this decorative tile and a cool baby book:

And, to ease the shock of me bringing home more stuff, I got these Shag books and a stationery set for Erik:

He's not a fan of yard sales. He'd rather sleep past noon on the weekends. Consequently, he often wakes up to me and Sage showing off our latest haul and me bragging about my great bargains. I tell him it's a small price to pay to be able to sleep in peace.


Stephanie said...

You did GREAT today! I wish we had quality yard sales like that here in SD!

KB said...

Craigslist really helps to weed out the crappy ones. Still, for every 10 or so I attend a month, only 3 or 4 are really worth it. If you're ever in L.A., Stephanie, let me know and I'll take you yard sale-ing! scam said...

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