I laughed almost to tears as we were driving away with 792 adult diapers. My wife and I were unable to see our children in the back of the van. Someone had posted 11 cases of adult diapers in the free section to the first person that would come and get them.
I didn’t hesitate.
I emailed immediately and said I could come right over. Before I received his response, I looked up the market value for the trove of diapers. A few minutes later I received the man’s reply with his address, and we headed out the door. The whole family was coming since we were going out for dinner afterward.
Upon arriving at the man’s house, I quickly realized just how large the treasure was. It filled the inside of the van. It filled the back of the van. We even had to strap three cases of diapers on top of the van.
It was the perfect snapshot of my first year buying and selling on craigslist. I had to do whatever I could to provide for my family. Sometimes it was humbling. But the bills were being paid and I was growing.
Whenever something new starts, there is an awkward and humbling period of growth. Everyone goes through it as a baby. Every business goes through it. Don’t be afraid to grow. Don’t be embarrassed. Don’t mind people who laugh when they hear what you’re doing, or trying to do. Actually, laugh with them. Making money in unconventional ways can often lead to funny situations.
They see diapers, I see money. They see dirty scrap metal, I see over six thousand dollars from it last year. They see gross appliances, I see a very good living.
Most people can’t see past today. They have no vision for what they want their life to be like in five years. I know where I want to go, and I’m going to do my best to get there. Even if it means filling up my van with adult diapers on a nice summer’s night.
The diapers sold for a little over $200. It had taken less than a half hour to get them.
Everyone ends up laughing when I tell them this story, except me. I end up smiling.