April 24, 2006

So as not to miss out on anyone else who might want something from my garage...

...I have a desk you might want. Nate mentioned this morning that if he'd known I had acetylene welding hose and regulators, he might would have been interested in adding them to his own collection of junk, so I thought I might see if anyone would be willing to take away something else of mine.

Namely, an office desk. This was purchased about eight years ago, used for two, and has since been stored in our garage. Reba had it when she was running the daycare office--the school wouldn't buy her any furniture, so we had to buy it ourselves. I don't want to get rid of it, and tried to give it to my in-laws and to my mom, and I can't get anyone of them to consider it. I also don't want to have to load it in the van and carry it off, because it's so incredibly huge and heavy. At least for one guy.

ANYway, it's a Sauder Fruitwood Executive Desk from their Mission Collection. (See a bigger picture of it here.) It has a few small dings on the edges, but for the most part looks brand new. And is remarkably free of mouse droppings, since there was nothing stored in it that mice like.

Now, here's the thing--if you want it, you have to come get it yourself. The whole idea of this thing is to save myself some backbreaking labor to haul it off. I will help you put it on your truck or trailer or lash it to the top of your Jetta, but that's about it.

Cost? Well, as we have all been made aware by Mr. Anderson's fruitless efforts to GIVE AWAY a Mercedes-Benz, people seem to think free things are worthless and therefore refuse to take them when offered. Therefore, the cost for this lovely bit of medium density fiberboard with melamine overlay is $50,795. Yes, that's exactly 100 times the manufacturer's suggested retail price. But you're not just buying a desk, you're buying a small chunk of Possumiana, and surely that's worth a whole lot.

I am, however, open to reasonable offers, as long as they do not require me to take in something else in trade. I AM trying to clean out, after all, not collect more stuff. Even if it's a free Mercedes.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at April 24, 2006 01:21 PM

Are you willing to take the Mercedes in trade for the desk? I have recently discovered that it is worth exactly $50,795 plus S&H.

Posted by: Larry Anderson at April 24, 2006 02:09 PM

Well, see--it's that shipping and handling charge that worries me...

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 24, 2006 02:25 PM

Strangely enough, I have a spare box of Matzah retailing for exactly the same price. And I'll throw in the S & H.

Posted by: skinnydan at April 24, 2006 02:35 PM

Hmm. Just remember--you have to come get the desk. Bring the matzah (or the Mercedes) with you, and you've got a deal.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 24, 2006 02:43 PM

And your exact address would be? Will you be home Saturday?

Posted by: Larry Anderson at April 24, 2006 02:53 PM

In the Gateway to Happy Living, Trussville, Alabama, high atop Talladega Hill, upon the shore of the mighty Pinchgut Creek.

And yes, I will be home so come on and get it while you can.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 24, 2006 02:58 PM

I would take and use with appreciation, a really big vice. Except I'm afraid of what the shipping costs might be.

My vice is really too small for my tastes. Or- all my vices have been worn out by good behavior and old age. Your choice.

Posted by: Nate at April 24, 2006 03:32 PM

It is quite an impressive hunk of iron, but it would be pricey to mail.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 24, 2006 03:43 PM