Saturday, April 29, 2006

Advice for New "Homeowners"?



I'm a member of our local Freecycle chapter. Freecycle is a nationwide network of trashy packrats that post junk to give away or junk they are seeking. I've used it with some sucess to get rid of old furniture in the past and I'm on their email notification whenever new request are posted to the local site. This was the latest request that came in this morning and I'm sorry...but I just find it amusing.

Hi!

We just purchased our first home! It is a trailer in desperate need of
refurbishing. We need carpeting, padding, vinyl skirting, toilets
without stains would be nice, and a stove and dishwasher. Also, any
advice on refurbishing a mobile home would be much appreciated. There
is terrible, terrible, soap scum and grime buildup in the tubs and
showers, help on how to remove would be appreciated, also.

Thanks,



Dear New Homeowners,

Did you guys lose a bet or something?
But seriously, is it insured yet?
3 bucks worth of gas and a Bic lighter should take care of the problem.

Just my 2 cents,
WTR

5 Comments:

Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

Maybe there's still hope. With a bit of sweat equity, they might do well for themselves.

You wouldn't believe what my first purchase looked like - no electricity or plumbing, holes in the floors, walls and roof. I had to paint it and replace the broken windows before I bought it because it could not be insured as is. But I fixed it up over the next ten years and sold a house that cost $160,000 for half a million.

The Freecycle thing looks interesting. I hate throwing stuff away - being po' white trash an' all.

4/29/2006 1:48 PM  
Blogger Cookie..... said...

OH Man! Finally...I can upgrade my home...where is it?

4/29/2006 4:03 PM  
Blogger white trash republican said...

Well, there's "fixer-uppers" and "don't even bothers". A trailer would fall into the don't even bother in my opinion. You'll never get back what you put into it. They are so cheaply and shoddily made and always go cheap-at least around here. Now a conventional frame house...most times they're worth the effort. Especially on the coasts.

There oughta be a local chapter of Freecycle in your neck of the woods, Patrick. It seems to attract old commune hippie types and po'white trash. When I posted my old crappy furniture, someone called on it within hours and even came here to haul it off! So it's worth it, to me. Sure I could have tried to sell it, but it wouldn't have been worth the bother-I just wanted the crap gone-NOW!

Cookie I hope you weren't refering to the pic I used!

4/29/2006 4:40 PM  
Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

"...old commune hippie types and po' white trash."

That's me. I found some of my best furniture free on the sidewalk in San Fran.

4/30/2006 1:18 AM  
Blogger white trash republican said...

Patrick, LOL!
I too have often relied on "the kindness of strangers" (to steal a line from Blanche DuBois) to meet my decor and furnishing needs.

5/01/2006 9:39 AM  

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