I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. I love to read about other people, I hate to read about other people.
Over the past several months, I have been slowly backing away from the big blue F for many reasons but the biggest is that I don’t feel like Facebook interactions are as genuine as I would like them to be.
I feel like I can be myself more on Instagram or Twitter, so I’m just not on Facebook as much as I used to be.
I also don’t like how they bury posts and choose what I (and you) see.
But I can’t completely quit Facebook no matter how hard I try because of one aspect: Facebook Marketplace.
Facebook went and created Marketplace so now in addition to seeing Uncle Bob’s hairy mole that’s questionable, and inappropriate meme’s from a guy I sat behind in second-period high school French, I get to go shopping for things I don’t need with money I don’t have.
Facebook Marketplace is like an online garage sale but a lot less scary than Craigslist because you can see the profile of the person selling their crap or buying yours.
You click on the Marketplace logo in the shape of a house or storefront.
On your mobile device, it will be on the bottom of your screen second icon from the left. On your desktop, it will be on the left of the news feed, four down from under where your name is.
could spend have spent hours on Marketplace looking for junk I have no business buying. A few years ago, I watched the documentary The Minimalists and was all gung-ho about decluttering and getting rid of all of the things we no longer need.
Then I discovered Marketplace and I was all, EFF THAT.
The filmmakers who are behind the minimalist movement have obviously never found an ottoman on Marketplace for under five dollars.
OOH IS THAT A MACRAME SPIDER PLANT HOLDER?
Also, I need those blue lockers to create my own Breakfast Club backdrops.
OH, THE FUN I COULD HAVE.
There is a definite rush that you will feel when you get a good deal. I liken it to what it feels like to get paid well for doing a job.
I forget what that feels like.
I have sold a lot of crap on the Marketplace (I can hear my Minimalist friends cheering me on) but I’ve also brought home lots of crap too.
It’s a balancing act, this minimalist lifestyle.
Like this cute coffee table for under $50.
OOH, FREE LOGS! DO WE NEED FREE LOGS??
As you can see, it’s very tempting to want all of the things on the Marketplace.
The guy who sold us this cool lamp had worked for a Marriott chain and said they got rid of them during a remodel. Why he ended up with 40 lamps in his living room is none of our damn business. But now it’s ours and for only $15!
So we not only get new to us items but also a story. I bet your lamp from IKEA doesn’t have that.
Buddy is the Where’s Waldo of my blog pictures. He just blends in.
So apparently finding gently used patio furniture is like finding a golden Willy Wonka ticket. We have searched for over a year and a half for patio furniture. Last summer, our patio sat barren because we couldn’t find any and because I refused to pay more than 200 dollars for furniture we use four months out of the year and is covered by snow the other eight months.
I got Mike in on my elusive patio furniture scavenger hunt and we still struggled to find anything good and in our price range. We set alerts on our phone as soon as new listings for patio furniture came up. We would then decide if we liked it, then send a message at rapid pace only to get an answer (sold, sorry) or no answer at all.
Side note- people are in general good but on Marketplace for some reason, 80% of who you deal with will be rude. It’s part of the game, you’re getting a good deal, go with the flow.
By rude, I mean no answer whatsoever. When I sell items, I am always polite with my answers, even if something has sold, and make sure that everything is spelled correctly. HOLY SHIT DO PEOPLE NOT KNOW HOW TO SPELL.
But this isn’t about that.
It should be, but it isn’t.
Then one weekend, Mike spotted some patio furniture locally and sent the guy a message. No response. So he messaged again the next morning, and the man responded that he thought he had answered. So maybe it’s not a rude thing but a user-incompetence thing.
Long story, we ended up getting this nice patio set for under $150 which makes me smile with glee. Is it in perfect shape? No. But will my paper plate slide off my lap while eating a cookout? Also no.
I think the user-incompetence could stretch to the average Facebook encounter. Maybe it isn’t rudeness or blatant nastiness that is out there but rather idiots behind a computer screen who have no business being on social media to begin with.
OOH, 25 DOLLARS FOR TWO CHAIRS????
Have you used Marketplace? What finds did you scoop up?