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Special Report: Craigslist Tales – Stories Behind The Listings

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s an open secret on the internet – if you tap your keyboard carefully enough, hitting the right keys at just the right time – it’ll take you through the rabbit hole.

On the other side – Craigslist.

Let me be frank – this can be a weird place.

In seconds counted by clicks of a mouse, you can move from an eighties arcade machine to a collectors set of Pokemon cards liberated from Burger King kids meals.

Light your journey with the Siamese cat lamp we found; comfort yourself with a four-foot stuffed kangaroo available for sale.

Because going through the lists of Craig can be taxing.

You’re going to have to deal with a lot of . . . well . . . manure.

Steel Prize Stables Owner Judith Fiorentino calls the heap outside her stables “Manure Mountain.”  It’s tame right now compared to its highest point.

She says there was a point you couldn’t see the housing development behind her stables.

The stable produces quite a bit of new material for Manure Mountain each week, so they give it away on the internet.

Fiorentino says, “Since 1982 we found out that the pile grew exponentially, and so one of my students suggest advertising on craigslist.”

She says the student came up with that idea about eight years ago, and it turns out there’s decent demand on craigslist for this stuff, “It’s pretty steady.  We have about the same clientele, the same people that come.”

Not everyone moves mountains on craigslist though.  Lee Lamitie sells crafts and bits of his collections.  In a year he moves six or seven pieces.

We found him listing a coin.  It’s an Apollo 11 commemorative.

Lamitie explains, “When they came back, they took some of the parts of the spacecraft that probably weren’t going to be visibly seen in a display or something, and they melted them down.  Then they minted these coins.”

Lamitie uses craiglist like a wishing well, casting in coins and hoping to cash out dreams.

He says, “I’d like to go to Egypt.  I got a picture of my dad sitting on a horse in front of the pyramids, and I wanted to get the same picture done of me.”

All of his collections mean something, but the picture of his dad means something more.

He wants his son to have the same picture of him.  He wants his son to take one too.

But whether it’s a hope and a dream or a mountain of manure, there’s just one question left.

What would these folks do with it all if it weren’t for craigslist?

Fiorentino answers, “We’ve never had to find out.”

It turns out when you tap in the passcode to get to this side of the rabbithole- you can find some remarkable stories.

And if that’s not your thing, Fiorentino reminds, “We always have manure.  We keep a plentiful supply on hand.”