(Picture of a pack rat in a kayak)
Seth and Arron just pulled out of our driveway with two canary yellow 10 ft Old Town kayaks strapped in the back of their white Pickup.
They were happy.
I was happy.
Even the dog was happy.
We crossed paths via Craigslist.
My wife was questioning the wisdom of my original purchase after Seth and Aaron left so I patiently showed her just how good a deal everyone had gotten.
I’d purchased the pair for just under $1000.00 on line. ( The suggested retail was $569 each) I can still remember the rush of watching that semi trailer pull next to our driveway and drop those two large boxes off.
Over the next two years I would feel a wave of pleasure and satisfaction every time I looked at them.
Last September, Kristina (a fellow blogger) and family came to visit for an extended weekend, we decided to float the river. We ended up hiring a canoe outfitter to shuttle us- our 2 kayak stayed at home.
In the two years we’ve owned them , they have only been on the water once.
A few weeks ago I suggested to my dear patient wife over coffee maybe we could/should consider unloading them on Craigslist.
I listed them for $850.00.
Got three calls, two e-mails- no body seemed interested in paying more than $600 for the pair- and I’m quoting
”cause you can buy a new kayak for $250.00“
Yea, I’m thinking but these are not “cheap” kayaks- these are LOONS- brother-
Night before last, Seth called and by the end of the conversation had offered me $700.00.
I can just hear someone say\ “You mean to tell me you lost over $300.00 , used them once, and you still think you got a good deal???”
Take $300.00 , divide that by 24 months, that comes out to $12.50 a month. What else can you do for $12.50 a month that gives you that much enjoyment? Been out for dinner or to a movie lately? You can spend $5.00 on a little tub of buttered popcorn.
A much wiser man than me once said, “The eyes of man are never satisfied.”
Why are we attracted to “stuff’?”
I believe it’s a universal problem. You may not like the same sort of stuff your neighbor does but I’m willing to bet if I were to look long enough, I could find something you have a weakness for.
Friend of mine who was an investment counselor once said to me, most people who make a lot of money spend it just as fast as they make it. Whereas, you and I of modest means might collect Hummels, antiques or shoes, the wealthy just collect bigger toys.
There is a man who lives about 30 minutes from us that collects train paraphernalia , I’m talking real train stuff. He has a caboose and two train cars in his back yard and probably 20 smaller rigs in his driveway.
Two weeks ago, our town had it’s semi-annual clean up days….you know, you dung out your basement and put the pile on the curb. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure right? We were putting in a new driveway for someone that week and I spotted my next door neighbor rooting through a pile just up the street. I had two thoughts…Oh-oh…if his wife only knew..she hates it when he drags stuff home. and secondly, I wonder if he knows I spotted him.
So what do you think? Is it really a universal problem? What is you drawn to? Are you a saver or a pitcher?
As always, thanks for reading my stuff! DM