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Why I Tried to Sell my Nearly New Fridge on Craigslist

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Three years ago, we moved into our fixer-upper of a house. In case you don’t recall, there was wallpaper everywhere (even on some ceilings), my son’s room had once been the old lady’s smoking lounge, and nothing had been updated… ever.

You think I’m joking? THIS is what my bedroom looked like when we walked through the house for the first time. See that stain on the headboard? That’s from her middle-of-the-night smoke breaks.

Master Bedroom BEFORE

We had a week to get the house move-in ready, so Even Steven and I yanked out carpet, scrubbed walls, peeled wallpaper and painted what we could.

BEFORE Kitchen

While we weren’t ready to tackle the total kitchen demolition and renovation that the house needed (that’s what it looked like when we moved in!), we did paint the cabinets, install a backsplash and eventually we got a new floor (read all about my floor right here.)

We also bought new appliances. Appliances that I thought I would love forever. Appliances that made me jump up and down for joy because they were the three new things that we would be bringing to our new house.

Three years later, and the oven, the dishwasher and the microwave are fine. I’ve seen better , but they’re fine.

But the fridge? It is driving me slowly insane.

Our kitchen is small, so we needed a counter-depth fridge. Which basically meant that most refrigerator options were not available to us – or cost at least $1,000 more.

I wanted stainless. That was a huge mistake.

Have you ever seen what three little kids can do to a side-by-side stainless steel refrigerator? It’s downright horrifying . And I’m not just talking about the fingerprints.

And – seriously – in my opinion – side-by-side refrigerators should not even be available in counter-depth. Or there should be a rule that only single people without pets are allowed to buy them.

Because I can’t fit ANYTHING in mine.

We go to the store several times a week for things like milk and yogurt and meat – because we can’t fit a weeks’ worth of groceries into our fridge.

And don’t even get me started on the freezer. Are you kidding me?  We haven’t eaten a frozen pizza in three years because it won’t fit in the freezer!

And – to top it all off – I’m really unhappy with the brand that we chose. The customer service has been awful. Parts are breaking off or missing altogether. I’m not going to name names, but I know I will never buy this brand of fridge again ever.

Enter Craigslist…

So last week, despite Even Steven’s attempts at banning me from Craigslist, I attempted to sell my fridge on Craigslist. My goal was to get as much money as I possibly could and then march on down to my local appliance shop and get myself a beautiful, counter-depth french-door refrigerator in SLATE!

Side note: Have you heard about slate appliances yet? They’re the same color as stainless, but the same material as a black or white fridge. So no fingerprints. No scratches. No big glops of dog drool. Just beautiful, clean, slate-colored fridge. Sign me up!

I took pictures of my fridge. I broke into my old Craigslist account (after Even Steven had changed my password in an attempt to keep me from selling things.) I thought for about two seconds how mad Even Steven would be if I sold our fridge without telling him.

Even Steven

And then I hit publish.

While I waited for the emails to come pouring in, I called my local appliance shop and spoke to a salesman to see just how much money I would need to pay for a counter-depth, slate, french door refrigerator.

And it turns out that they don’t exist.

GE is the only company to sell slate appliances, and they have yet to come out with any counter-depth models. Which means that moms with small kitchens and lots of kids are out of luck.

Which also means that I deleted my craigslist ad before a single person had a chance to respond. (But I have no doubt that they WOULD HAVE responded. I mean – most people are searching the market for an over-priced, tiny, piece of junk stainless steel refrigerator covered in dents, scratches and dog glop.)

And it means that when my brother-in-law offered to give us his old beer fridge, I said absolutely  and thank you very much.

Because just for once, I’d like to be able to buy more than one gallon of milk at a time.

And since Even Steven’s brother lives in our neighborhood (did I ever tell you that Even Steven’s mom lives 4 blocks one way and his brother and sister-in-law live one block the other way?) it just made sense to walk down and wheel the fridge back to our house.

pushing fridge down the street

And why wouldn’t we take our kids for fridge rides in the street?

Fridge Rides from my Life and Kids

So – now – I have a banged up beer fridge in my basement that is full of milk, yogurt, beer and frozen pizzas.

I like it way better than the nearly new one sitting in my kitchen.

And GE – if you ever want to test out your first french-door, counter-depth fridge in SLATE – give me a call!

Do you hate your fridge as much as I do?

Do you feel like this was the longest blog post I’ve ever written, ever?

Do you wish your husband’s entire family lived in your neighborhood?

38 Comments

  1. Janine Huldie

    August 20, 2013 at 6:52 am

    No to that last one and I am actively trying to make sure that my husband’s crazy family lives in the next town over and not in ours!! But seriously loved the pictures of Even Steven rolling the fridge down the block. Classic!!

  2. SuziNZ

    August 20, 2013 at 7:15 am

    My fridge is the ones my mother bought 37 years ago before she met my father. It still works brilliantly and it is big and spacious that you can fit the kitchen sink in there too.

  3. Lisa

    August 20, 2013 at 7:22 am

    I hate my refrigerator too! We got a new one when we renovated the kitchen and while it looks big when there’s nothing in it, it is a logistical nightmare when it’s full of food. Freezer too. I only have 2 kids who are older than yours and 1 dog that doesn’t bother the refrig but I could spend hours a week trying to polish the front of that thing.

  4. Lyn

    August 20, 2013 at 7:29 am

    hate my fridge. It’s not too old; but it has to fit into a “nook” in my fairly small kitchen, so it’s not very big. Also, the freezer is on the top which I HATE! I spend my time bending in half to get things off the back of the bottom shelf of the fridge while most of the time, the freezer sits undisturbed ON TOP. Next fridge, french door would be a dream…but the freezer will definitely be on the bottom!

  5. Stephanie

    August 20, 2013 at 7:40 am

    I used to hate my fridge. When we moved into this house, it came with the most hateful, obnoxious, teensy fridge ever. And my husband refused to get me a good one, because that one still worked. Luckily for me, it finally died about a year and a half ago. I got the largest fridge that we could squeeze into the hole in the kitchen. Joy! 🙂

  6. Kat Caldwell

    August 20, 2013 at 7:44 am

    It’s nice to know I’m not the only nut that walks their furniture around the neighborhood lol

  7. Marie

    August 20, 2013 at 7:58 am

    We bought my parents house last year and it came with a wide-by-side fridge. I hate it almost as much as you hate your fridge, I think. But, when they did the kitchen demo, they made a fake wall to recess a standard fridge in…that was smart!

  8. Stephanie

    August 20, 2013 at 8:16 am

    We are living in an apartment temporarily while we build our new house. Almost all of my kitchen stuff is in storage (including the french door fridge for the new house). We are using plastic utensils and paper plates and a tiny apartment frig. I am just pining away for my new kitchen!

  9. Pam

    August 20, 2013 at 8:18 am

    We used to have a side by side fridge/freezer and I hated it for the same reasons you do. There’s no storage space. We had to purchase a deep freezer that we stored in the basement in order to avoid multiple trips to the store in one week. I really feel for you. I hope you can get a new one soon.

  10. Kasey

    August 20, 2013 at 8:36 am

    I have extreme hatred pent up for my fridge too. It’s awful and I can barely open the doors. I always ask my husband for a new one- it’s yet to happen though.

  11. Dona

    August 20, 2013 at 8:37 am

    I went from an apartment sized fridge to a big side by side when we bought this house…..and I love it! Yes, I would like to have a freezer, too, though. That’s because I save every morsel of leftovers for soup and I bake. Anyway, what a GREAT post! Book-worthy!!!! Dona

  12. Amanda

    August 20, 2013 at 10:19 am

    I’m so glad I’m not alone! We just moved last month and the previous owners left their stainless side-by-side. It’s clearly a more expensive model than what we had before but we are miserable without our old fridge, which was a french-door model we snagged on clearance and the first appliance we ever bought. We can’t store anything in this stupid thing! I’m sort of thinking Chick-fil-a secretly pays the GE to make this crap so we’ll run out of food and have to make a mad, nuggest-dash.

  13. Katie

    August 20, 2013 at 10:27 am

    My son was recently in the hospital overnight, and when we got home, we found that our fridge had died. I had to do a rent to own, because there just wasn’t money for a new fridge, and I was all excited to get a side-by-side, cause I’d always wanted one. I exchanged it for an old style top freezer in less than 2 weeks, because I couldn’t get anything into that fridge and we live 30 miles from the grocery store. You totally have my sympathies, and I don’t blame you for taking the beer fridge.

  14. Angela Dicken

    August 20, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I used to hate my fridge…2 years ago I bought a Samsung french door fridge but it dosent show fingerprints….I literally walked down the isle of fridges swiping them with my finger until I found one that did not show. 🙂

  15. Heather

    August 20, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Ugh, I hate my side-by-side fridge as well… I was at Home Depot the other day waiting for paint to get mixed and couldn’t help, but lust after all the amazing french door fridges that were way out of our price range. Soooo pretty. Sigh.

  16. Jamie

    August 20, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I just want to let you (but mostly anybody else that sees this since you already did it) know that you should absolutely never transport a fridge on its side like that. It can ruin them (especially the older ones where the coolant can leak out) You should always transport it right side up!

  17. thedoseofreality

    August 20, 2013 at 11:02 am

    We finally got a garage fridge when my dad moved, and it was the greatest ever. For the one month that it worked. And now we are back to our regular fridge, and my hubby’s beer collection is sad. So GE call me, too! ;)-Ashley

  18. Vanessa

    August 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I hate my fridge with a passion. We live in an apt so I can’t do anything about ours. But anything you put in the back of the fridge freezes & the stuff in the meat drawer goes bad because its not cold enough (no matter what temp the fridge is set @) and you can’t fit frozen pizza in the freezer either! Also our oven is so old it doesn’t even have a timer on it.

  19. lilmrsmchenry

    August 20, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Let me preface this post by saying that we have a large family, 5 going on 6 kids and our house seems to be the “it” spot to hang out. Being from the south, I feel like if someone is here at a mealtime, you offer to have them stay to eat. So on average we feed about 10 people at a time on any given day. We don’t have a huge grocery budget to work with so I stock up when things are on sale. I said all of that just to say this; We have not one but two refrigerators AND a huge upright deep freezer. I finally feel like we’ve got a handle on things since I only shop twice a month for food and once a year for meat (we buy half a cow from a ranch in the area). I can’t imagine going back to just the one fridge. I’d have to go shopping about every other day.

  20. MomChalant

    August 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I rent, but I despise my fridge. Mainly because everything is backwards. The door opens from the left instead of the right and so does the freezer. And my freezer is so tiny. I had two bottles of alcohol and it nearly took up the entire freezer. When we finally buy our first house, I’m making sure everything is put on correctly and has enough space for food and booze.

  21. Sue

    August 20, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Yes, I had my fridge as much as you. Maybe more. While mine SHOULD be big enough, it’s not. I wasn’t constrained by cabinets or a small nook, so I bought the biggest one that would fit through the door. It’s technically a bazillion cubic feet, but it also is a side-by-side so that means those bazillion cubic feet are microscopic and inconvenient feet. I firmly believe that all side-by-sides should be outlawed for anyone who isn’t single.

    The door bins are slowly breaking because while they are large and you can cram a lot of stuff in them (the only thing that is large), they are also made out of plastic. Who knew plastic door bins would be $75 a piece?! (AND the veggie/fruit bins…large but plastic and slowly dying.) By the time all four and the veggie/fruit bins break I can just go buy a new fridge.

    I am currently lusting after one similar to you but have not heard of this slate business. Hmm.

  22. Sue

    August 20, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    And that would be HATE my fridge. Hahaha.

  23. kate

    August 20, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    I hate side by side fridges! There is no room and I’m tired of pulling everything out to find the one thing I’m looking for! If one more person tells me how great side by sides are I think I might stuff them in mine and see how much they really like them!

  24. Liz from WomanlyWoman.com

    August 20, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    haha! I’m glad i’m not the only one blogging about my friend. My post was called, Dear Landlord Santa

  25. Liz from WomanlyWoman.com

    August 20, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    oops I meant to say blogging about my fridge… not friend

  26. sparkling74

    August 20, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    You could not pay me to own a stainless steel refrigerator OR a side by side. Those things are just asking for injury. And there’s nowhere to put anything. My parents have one and it’s just absurd.

    I had an awesome 24 hour craiglist episode. Our storage freezer died, so I thought I’d surprise k-ster with a replacement. There was one for $35 on craiglist like 2 miles away. PERFECT. It was kind of old looking but it worked. SO, I went and got it wihtout telling him and when I got home, he was excited to have a replacement. WE dragged it into the garage and plugged it in- but it didn’t work. Just like the other one! But wait, it worked when I bought it! So, while k-ster was fussing about the piece of crap, I plugged the old one into a different outlet. And, you guess it, the original one isn’t dead, just the outlet was. So, now I have sell the newer but crappier one on craigslist to get my money back. HOW DUMB!!

  27. sparkling74

    August 20, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    I have to laugh because I don’t think I’ve ever seen a door that opens from the right!! Seriously, every refrigerator door I can imagine right now opens from the left!

  28. Tracy @ The UnCoordinated Mommy

    August 20, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Ha ha
    I don’t know if I will hate my fridge, we move in a month! And it was long, but not too long 🙂 and HELL no! Or rather, B_in law sure, Mother in law? Over my dead body! Actually she’s quite sweet, but the answers still no. 😉

  29. Kathryn

    August 20, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    My brother lives a block away from us and cousins the other way to make a triangle! We think it’s awesome!

  30. Dani Ryan

    August 20, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    The original owners of our condo bought a fancy-schmancy, stainless steel, counter depth fridge, and I have the same problem you are describing – it doesn’t fit a lot of groceries in it, and it is falling apart. We both hate it. But it looks awesome.

  31. Amanda

    August 20, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    When we bought our house last summer, all appliances were ‘newer’ except the fridge…it was an old Magic Chef that my husband remembered having one like it in his house growing up…early 80s. It was noisy. Shook the floor. And died in February…2 weeks after our ‘newer’ oven and 6 months after our ‘newer’ dishwasher. WHY DIDN’T WE ASK FOR AN APPLIANCE WARRANTY WHEN WE BOUGHT OUR HOUSE? Anyway…we went without the oven for a while so we could buy the fridge. Just got a generic GE non-icemaker model in black. I love it. I would have liked a fancy one, but we didn’t have the room for one and they are SO expensive. Plus..the whole froze pizza thing. I do dream of a deep freezer one day….dream dream dream. Oh the things I could stock up on…

  32. Amanda

    August 20, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    we changed ours to open on the right. some you can, some you can’t. I designed the kitchen but had NO idea what I was doing … so many lessons I’ve learned.

  33. Beth

    August 21, 2013 at 9:51 am

    We have a titanium fridge. Looks like stainless steal, but doesn’t show fingerprints. Maybe you should look into that.

  34. Steve

    August 21, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I wish we lived in your neighborhood and then we could swap awful, disappointing fridges. Kara was so excited about our fridge- she even negotiated for it when we purchased our home. It sucks.

  35. Michelle

    August 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    I am so JEALOUS!!! When we bought our house, we got the absolute biggest fridge we could find. The delivery men exposed my kids to lots of new words while they bitched and moaned getting it through the front door. And it’s not nearly big enough to hold groceries for a family of six.

    Everyone kept telling me that it was plenty big, but apparently everyone also has a second fridge in their garage.

    I want a second fridge SO bad!

  36. Norma Jean Autry

    August 22, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Suzinz I know how easy it is to keep an old refrigerator but you might consider getting a new one especially since new refrigerators are much more energy efficient than they were 35+ years ago. Depending on where you live you may even qualify for a local rebate from your utility for disposing of your old refrigerator. A friend and I co-founded a company called http://www.ClearlyEnergy.com which will help compare your old refrigerator electric usage to a new one. We are pretty early on with the site so if you do happen to drop by feel free to leave us a note using the feedback button to let us know if you found it useful or if you have comments on what features you would find useful.

  37. Kristy

    August 24, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    You need to look at fridges in ‘sateen’! That is what ours is! 🙂 Looks like a beautiful stainless steel fridge, but no fingerprints!! 🙂

  38. Suzanne Lucas

    August 26, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I’m sure a slate fridge would look fabulous, but if I may say so, stay as far away as possible from GE. My experience with their appliances (not just fridge, but also washer dryer and oven) has been awful. I think the longest any one of my GE appliances went without breaking down was four years. And from then on, they became totally unreliable. I wouldn’t touch them with a 10-foot pole.

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