I love Craigslist. I think DH does tooo.  We both check it regularly to see what interesting things people have for sale.  It’s like going to a yard sale from the comfort of my den!  It’s amazing what you can find.  I do believe that you have to be careful in dealing with people you don’t know, but in general most of them are honest folks looking to get rid of something that could be your treasure one day!  We’ve gotten a number of things from people who have advertised there. We haven’t sold anything there though. Generally I prefer to donate used appliances or other large items to a worthy cause like the Habitat Store or the church around the corner.
But I digress. . . .We’ve purchase a number of good items found while perusing Craigslist. First there was a 16 foot flatbed trailer. It helped when we moved out of the old house and when we bought the first tractor. We’ve hauled manure and trash to the dump more than once. It has really paid for itself more than once since we bought it. 

    Here it is loaded with hay along with the black pickup truck.  They work just as hard as DH! 
The other thing we have gotten is a manure spreader.  My dearest husband (DH)   (shaking my head); to me this is more of a toy than a tool, but what do I know.  As far as I’m concerned just shovel the stuff into the flatbed trailer and move it to another section of the farm.  There it will “compost” and we’ll have great stuff for the vegetable garden the next time.  But hey, what fun would that be?  Oh well, since he is still working full-time, I can’t fault him for wanting to enjoy his time on the farm.  Let him make work as enjoyable as he can while we can afford it. . .  I believe that I posted about it last year when he bought it.  There are pictures there too. 

Anyway, we have also gotten a “greenhouse”.  It is really more of a hothouse since it doesn’t have its own heater.  But it has a vent fan which will drawn heat out when the temperature gets too high.  And we’ve placed it in a nice spot where several trees provide a small amount of shade.  I will begin using it in the late summer when temperatures aren’t in the 90s as they already are! 



The couple we bought it from was very nice.  They were moving to a gated community with restrictions which prevented their having a hothouse.  We’re very happy to take care of it for them!   

The latest adventure in Craigslist finds is a golf cart.  Now I realize that 10 acres is a large place for some.  But it’s not that big that one cannot walk in and around unless one is injured or otherwise incapable of walking for health reasons.  Anyway I consider it another toy although we have recently learned that DH will have to have knee replacement sometime soon.  It will come in handy to allow him to get around.  It will be mush easier to drive than the Gator.  It’s also quieter than the gas driven Gator since it’s electric.  I’ll have to get pictures of it to post. 

We have also purchased other farm tools and services for renovating a cattle trailer from this online list.  The bottom line is that we are glad to have a resource such as Craigslist for good used items that are helpful on the farm.  Don’t be afraid to use it.  We’ve been lucky, but caution you to be conscious of doing business with those who are just out for a buck.