Cashing Out with a Boston Accent

by Lindy on April 5, 2011

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When A-Rob and I were a few weeks shy of being married, we pulled up our roots and moved across country so he could start his master’s degree studies at a killer music performance school in Boston (no, not Berkeley).

He found himself in the life changing position of being surrounded by some of the best players in the country, actually some of the best players in the world.

One day, as we were stuck in traffic on Storrow Drive on our way back to our basement apartment in the Fenway neighborhood, A-Rob was noticeably down.

We had no money.  Not two pennies to rub together.  He was an artist and couldn’t afford the equipment he needed to explore the sound he heard between his ears.

I’d been there.  Having dabbled in different art forms myself, I always thought it cruel that art supplies were so expensive.  How the vision I had in my head needed paints and canvases, and I had no money for any of those things.  It reminded me of a line I’d underlined in Narcissus and Goldmund years earlier:

“Art, such a spiritual goddess in appearance, required so many petty things!  One needed a roof over one’s head, and tools, woods, clay, colors, gold, effort and patience.”

Being a good new wife (we did get married after his studies started), I offered the only thing I could think to help.

I suggested he have a budget of $500 and charge the pedals he needed to the credit card.  We’d pay it off later, you know, when we were older.

At least today we’ve gotten our initial investment back.

We sold these four pedals, and made $533.

As they say in Boston, that’s wicked pissa!

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  • Woo!

  • I love the fact you actually made a profit on this!!

    • Lindy

      Well, I don’t know if we can really consider it a profit since we paid credit card interest on them for all those year. But it is nice to get that money back!

  • That is funny. So we should invest in pedals?

    • Lindy

      We’ve gained on some, and lost on others. It’s an imperfect science. But they do provide endless hours of family entertainment if you hook them up to a microphone and let them transform your voices into something crazy. :)

  • I love that some things hold their value…or even make an increase!

  • Can’t really add to the conversation, but I have to say that I love this :-) It is so funny how yesterday’s problems become today’s eBay triumphs.

    • Lindy

      I like your way of putting it.

  • Love it! It’s nice to see that some electronics hold their value over time. So…you got older…and you got your investment back with interest. A great success I’d say:) (You Ebay wizard!!)

    • Lindy

      Wizard? I think maybe I’m still a wizard’s apprentice. :)

  • cool pedals. :)

    • Lindy

      Thanks! Hopefully the new owners enjoy them as much as we did.

  • Well done. I never woulda thunk it that old(er) electronics accessories were worth good coin. Then again and come to think of it, Hammond organs are holding their value.

    • Lindy

      Some instruments and music electronics actually can be good investments over time. It’s that vintage sound that can’t be replaced by modern replicas.

  • I think it’s great that you sold them for more than the initial price. But I gotta ask, how much did you end up spending after interest on the credit card?!

    • Lindy

      Exactly! But at least we got something back.

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