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Toilets old & new: Flushed with success

January 11, 2013
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DSCF3338You can get rid of anything on Craigslist. I just proved it. I just gave away a broken toilet. And I’m feeling quite flushed with success. If you’d like to be privy, so to speak, to my big success, read on.

Hubby replaced the upstairs oval room’s porcelain throne, which was original to this 1955 rambler. The throne looked great and was comfy for people all sizes, but a piece had broken in its bowels and we were tired of its intestinal rumblings and excessive water use. We were also tired of flushing it with a bucket while researching a replacement for the past few weeks. (Maybe someone around here is just a little anal about researching purchases??)

“Number one: Got it installed. That was a big job,” Hubby said. “Number two: How do we unload this old toilet?” (It just occurred to me… I don’t know why… that Hubby was born in Waterloo.)

“It will be disappeared by evening,” I assured him. “Oui, oui.”

Well, we didn’t want just any John, Jax or Jerry showing up at our door, so I decided to appeal to the sophisticated Craigslist shopper.

My ad said:

Vintage toilet FREE

Toilet from 1955 rambler needs a good home. Needs one part (the pole thing broke). Sturdy, modern seat/lid. Clean. Standard brand name. Has been removed from bathroom. We can help load it in your vehicle. Great for a flower potty. Or for its intended use (with one part) and you’d need a seal for $2 or so.

Several people wanted the vintage throne. But after careful consideration, we chose Bruce, whose background check was good and who wanted it to go with the other vintage furnishings in his country home. We think Lou will be happy gracing Bruce’s comfort room.

The new throne is ADA compliant, which means it’s so tall that some adults’ feet don’t touch the floor. Some people will not be doing a lot of scholarly reading in the oval office in the future. This throne will flush a bunch of golf balls all at one time, the ad says. I’m not sure why anyone would be flushing a bunch of golf balls or golf ball-like objects at my house, but we do hope it can handle little researchers who wonder how many underpants, stuffed animals, toy boats, towels and toothbrushes it can handle.

Speaking of stuffed animals, I wonder how quickly I could get rid of some of those… on Craigslist.

(Note: Yes, we know there are other names and puns we could have used, but this is a family-friendly site.)

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Bobi Gingras-Murray permalink
    January 12, 2013 6:31 am

    Cute, Julie! Catchy ad.

  2. Jill Evans permalink
    January 12, 2013 7:38 am

    Good story Julie. I have never used Craig’s list.

  3. McNeely, Tessie B permalink
    January 14, 2013 2:15 am

    Ha, Julie – this is so timely. My husband David and I have an American Standard which is original to our 1952 house. It just recently sprang (another leak) and we are trying to decide to fix it again, or get a new one. Hate to let such a golden oldie go, but the times they are a changing!

    Thanks for the great blog post!

    Tessie Brown McNeely

    Tessie McNeely PhD
    Merck, Vaccine Basic Research

  4. Judy Kallestad permalink
    January 16, 2013 6:21 am

    A fun read! Who woulda thought of Craig’s list to find a new home for an old porcelain throne?

  5. January 16, 2013 12:29 pm

    Good story…enjoyed all the puns. (I happen to like them)

  6. Jolene permalink
    February 21, 2013 4:58 pm

    I love your sense of humor! Thanks for the giggles> 🙂 We need to get together again soon.
    Jolene & Wayne

    • February 21, 2013 5:11 pm

      Thanks! Let us know when you’re coming up this way! Do you go up 35? We’re just a few miles off 35 south of Mpls.

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