For the first time, I experienced interacting with strangers as a result of advertising free material on Craigslist.  I did not place an ad, so I did not know all that was advertised.  But…people who came to my apartment in response to the ad, and they looked around for anything unadvertised that they might get.  I admit that I was a bit nervous about strangers coming into my place and roaming around in my apartment, especially when they wandered into a room out of my vision.  Thank goodness it turned out okay.  I even got rid of things that attendees simply picked up and asked, “May I have this?”

One woman came with her service dog.  The dog did not bark at anyone but went about its business sniffing bags and tags.  It showed no interest in sniffing or nosing around people that were there. Good for doggie.

I got rid of enough things to feel that the Craigslist event was successful, and a few days later, my daughter and I ran into and chatted with a pleasant couple in the Jewel Food Store who had attended the Craigslist event.  With my daughter’s prodding, we learned that we had a mutual friend.

With all the unpleasant stuff that occurs in today’s world, I am still a bit cautious about recommending Craigslist when money is involved.   “Caveat swaptor.”

Peggy Tarr has been a columnist for the Evanston RoundTable since its founding in 1998. Born in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree...