Kirkland Craigslist ad offers to do your Black Friday shopping



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Posted on November 27, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 27 at 1:00 PM

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Buying holiday gifts is how many people express gratitude and affection for friends and family.  But a mother and daughter in Kirkland think shoppers would rather pay someone else to stand in Black Friday lines.

"We get a kick out of it," said Catherine, who asked to keep her last name private. "We enjoy Gray Thursday and Black Friday bonding time for just her and I together."

Her 16-year-old daughter Faith put an ad on Craigslist, offering gift buying and wrapping services, as well as babysitting and holiday party cleanup as a way to make money while everyone else spends it.

"I hate shopping any other day of the year," said Faith. "I figure, why not help other people who don't like shopping."

Other local odd offerings on Craigslist include "Black Friday Help," which in that case means camping in line before a store opens.

But for Catherine and Faith, there's a financial component to their quirky ad. 

"Things are tight. I live with my parents," said Catherine. "That's exactly why we shop on [Black Friday].  I don't have a lot of money and I have three kids that I have to provde for."

Catherine said she has saved all year for her holiday shopping. She and Faith hoped their services would offset the costs. 

But so far, there have been no takers.