While I don't use Facebook for posting, sharing or catching up on drama in others' lives, I do like the Market Place feature. For those not familiar with this, it is more or less an online shopping experience. Think craigslist where you can post items for free and local people have the chance to contact you to purchase it.
It's also a great place to find garage and yard sales within a radius of your home.
You can also find some free items; like Freecycle used to be.
Well the other evening as we were relaxing after our post-dinner walk, Mr Golden D was just scrolling through the Market Place Household Near You section when he came across a lady who had various household items listed that were left over from a garage sale. He mentioned to me that she had a tea kettle (I've been looking for one for at the thrift stores and Goodwill outlets for the last six or so months).
But at the stores I have seen them selling for over $10. Which is too expensive for my ways. And brand new? Don't even get me started there!
So I found the lady's post through my account and set it up for me to pick up this handy-dandy $3 Tea Pot the following morning. She only lived two miles from us and I was already going out the next morning for an appointment, so I figured I could swing by and pick it up.
What I have found about using Market Place, at least for the items I am seeking, is that the seller will do a porch pickup.
You know... the item is left on the front or back porch and the buyer just has to leave the money under the welcome doormat, in the box or wherever else the seller suggests.
So I am now a proud owner of a tea pot.
It may not seem like much to some, but for me it is wonderful! I like to make tea for myself some days and when my parents come to visit that's all they drink it tea.
On other recent Market Place pickups, I've been able to get (FOR FREE) these two barrels. One is cut off at the top; which I have delegated to being my yard tool holder. And the other one (which is MUCH bigger than a 55-gallon drum most people use for water and rain collection systems- it barely fit in the back of my SUV, I will be using for just that - a rain collection system. It even has the cut out on the top with the spicket for overflow and one on the bottom for hose.