Etsy Shop Owner · San Diego · Thrifting · Upcycle

Craigslist is in the Eye of the Beholder

I’ve always been an avid Craigslister, and starting a small business has multiplied my psychotic tendencies to constantly search on Craigslist for something mystic that I can make more crafts with.

Last night was so exception.

As if all my stars were aligned, I emailed a woman inquiring on a yarn lot that was only 5 blocks away from our house! She even offered to give us the yarn and knitting needles in a wicker basket that she was planning on donating…and I am in forever need of a wicker basket. They will be perfect for farmer’s market booths! Needless to say, her wicker offer was music to my ears. As we pull up to pick up the goods, I felt like a customer in a McDonalds line as she literally opened my back door and chucked the basket into the backseat. But hey, she’s a woman who knows what she wants. I scrounge for our $25 and am giddy to get home and dump out its contents. And boy, I wasn’t disappointed 🙂

Of course, this is a blog post with no pictures, which I always deem as a pointless post because I’m only in it for the pictures, really. But, I want to document everything I got from the lot and 6-12 months from now, look at what I was capable of creating from her discarded gems. I can already see the weaves I’m going to make with the silk, fluffy, mermaid yarns we scored on, and I am floored.

As we get to the bottom of the basket, I become a little alarmed as I realize that there is a balled-up sheet at the bottom. *gulp* I’m already assuming that this woman has sold me her evidence- a sheet with the murder weapon rolled up inside- and I’m about to unroll a finger and an eyeball with a ransom note.

The sheet is really, really fucking soft.

We keep unrolling…oh god it is bleached!…and out falls a Victoria’s secret lingerie teddy- so obviously I assume that’s the outfit this woman was wearing when she slayed her husband. Then, a tie dye shirt with slits cut all over the torso….the shirt her husband was wearing when he was stabbed 56 times- which she then washed, bleached, and tie dyed.

Perhaps it’s time for me to go to bed. Needless to say, we are keeping the sheet and plan on tie dying it with bleach to use for keeps. Sheets are always awesome for drop cloths, picnics and cleaning up murders.

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