Now I Want Your Mini-Van — pretty much for free

No one gave us a bedroom set and I’m okay with that. I still like all of you and I have confidence that when you are done with yours, you will pass it my way. I have confidence in sunshine. I have confidence in rain. I have confidence that some day…someone…will give us a beautiful bedroom set for free and we will sleep in luxury.

Now I want more. I wanna be where my people are. I wanna see, wanna see em drivin’, drivin’ around in a – what’s that word again? 2005-Honda-Odyessey-Mini-Van-With-Dual-Power-Sliding-Doors-Leather-Seats-Tinted-Windows-Optional-8th-Seat-and-Built-in-DVD-Player.

The catch is, I want to get it for practically no money……… because, that’s what I have at my disposal. SO, I’ve spent the morning on Craig’s List, emailing extremely low bids to people with vans of all kinds in hopes that some kind person will have pity on us and give us a great deal.

Just picture us driving thousands of miles to visit our family this Christmas, the kids in the backseat of our too small car with no chance of me going back to feed or read a story, gifts and baby gear piled up around their eyeballs (The Flying Smurf is bigger but the seatbelts don’t lock at all so we don’t feel safe putting car seats in there. It’s also less reliable.).

We’re considering renting a van for the 2 week trip which would cost $1000. So, why not spend a few thousand more and get a not-exactly-what-we-want-but-exactly-what-we-can-afford-at-the-moment substitute.

If you’ve got one and you have pity in your soul, shoot me an email.

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7 Responses to Now I Want Your Mini-Van — pretty much for free

  1. Karli says:

    I found that the Seattle Times online was better for finding used cars.

  2. Karen says:

    You forgot to specify the built in DVD player. What good is an Odyssey with no built in DVD player? Go the extra mile. Get the built in DVD player. Not that I have one either, but in my dream specifications my Odyssey has the built in DVD player AND a sun roof. Aim high, I say. Aim high.

  3. Thanks.
    Karli – I’ll look there.
    Karen – Change has been made.

  4. surcie says:

    Before we got our Odyssey, I swore I wouldn’t let Dumplin’ watch DVDs out of fear that we’d never get to drive anywhere without a movie. But the player is a sanity saver lifesaver. (And he only wants it when we drive to the grandparents’ house.) The sensors that detect whether you’re too close to something are helpful, but sometimes all that beeping drives me crazy when I’m trying to park. My all-time favorite feature is the navigational system.

  5. Stephanie says:

    Get your substitut-ey van, friend. And then get a portable DVD player for the backseat. Like the one we just got for our trip, at SHOPKO, for $140.

  6. Brooke says:

    Oh, that van is suh-WEET (to quote my 7 year old). A friend has one and it’s the first time I’ve ever been jealous of a car. Sending good cheap-car thoughts your way.

  7. Karen says:

    Yes, the portable player is a livesaver. We bought one last summer and have never regretted it. But someday I hope to have one built into my dream Odyssey.

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