Craigslist Man Cave
by: Alan Peak 6/29/2012
Every night after dinner my family retires to our basement. We escape the heat, watch a movie, my wife quilts and my daughter frolics about playing with her toys. I have had my eye on one particular section of our basement, which would make a perfect "Man Cave." My months of scheming finally paid off this week.
The hardest part is clearly the wife, the queen of the castle. Understanding your gear purchases is tough, but asking for extra space is a entirely new challenge. Begging, bribery, and reasoning did not seem to work at first, but after my old desk exploded with fly tying material she finally succumb to my pleas. The hard part was over.
Now for the fun part, I scoured Craigslist.com everyday on my lunch hour. I searched the free section religiously for the right desk or table. Finally, I found two of the right size and shape. After a few quick phone calls I was there putting my new, early 1980's era desk, table and chair into my Rav4.
The second hardest part, should you try this stunt, will be when you arrive home with the newly acquired free goods. Almost certainly your wife will look the newly acquired 80's era furniture up and down. That is when it happens, the stink eye. Unfettered, proud of my new find, I quickly set up the desk and table before the questioning began.
If you do not have a spot carved out, I would highly suggest it. Gone are the days of gear spread about over every corner of my house. This feat can be done for free too, more reason to spend a extra ten minutes everyday searching for the local "curb alert" on Craigslist.
Gear moved, organized, pictures up on the wall, old retired fly rod hung and my man cave is complete. The wife smiles a little bit more now, my gear is now off her side of the house.
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JKaboom, CO 6/30/2012 12:02:18 AM
Right on Alan and free to boot!!!
Alan Peak (moosegoose), CO 6/30/2012 12:18:42 AM
Always sweeter when it is free!! More money for gear!!!!
Catman1979, CO 6/30/2012 5:23:11 AM
Haha, that gave me a good laugh man. Victory is yours good sir, enjoy it. Now you just have to keep the lil one from destroying. The perils of being dad.
panfishin, CO 6/30/2012 10:34:11 AM
Nice! I've got one room in the basement until we have more than one kid...and I figure that I've got a few years to go seeing as we don't even have one yet. Her one rule was that it had to look 'nice' so I have to keep it clean or the wife we take it over.
Alan Peak (moosegoose), CO 6/30/2012 11:02:30 AM
Panfishin, that seems to be a universal rule! Must look neat!
alanlf5280, CO 7/2/2012 9:00:06 AM
Lucky you and free stuff is always awesome! I have a full room in the basement as my man cave. Problem is my wife didn't tell me it was also going to be used as a storage room for all her junk. By the time I clean up all her stuff to get to the area I want to be in, I don't want to be in there anymore. The next time I go back down there, there is a new stack of crap. Maybe I will build a man cave shed.