|Melissa Canepa Murphy|
Where I am from:
I was born and raised in Queens, NY. I lived in New York City for twenty five years and lived in Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, and Brooklyn during that time.
A crazy thing happened in 1994. I met a handsome park ranger in the middle of Manhattan and decided to move out west with him. We have been married for fourteen years and have two wonderful (yet rambunctious) kids and two big black and white cats.
Since moving out west, we have lived in Flagstaff, AZ; Glen Canyon National Recreation Area; the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park (twice!); and Grand Teton National Park, Jackson Hole, WY. We settled in Bullhead City, AZ in 2004.
What I did before CrazyforBargains.com:
I spent my twenties working in marketing for non-profit organizations including The Actors’ Fund of America, New York, NY; Grand Canyon Music Festival, Grand Canyon, AZ; and Grand Canyon Association, Grand Canyon, AZ.
I have a Masters in Public Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Classics from Fordham University.
What and who inspired me to start CrazyforBargains.com:
I thought about starting a business for several years before taking the plunge. My dad and Aunt Annette both started successful businesses when I was growing up. I understood the amount of work and dedication that it would take to make it work. In 2000, I finally decided to give up the security of a regular job and strike out on my own. I consider it one of the best decisions that I ever made.
My favorite CrazyforBargains.com products:
I love our novelty pajama pants for men. I know that they are really for men, but I love to wear them anyway. The soft cotton knit fabric is incredibly comfortable. I like to keep a pair of slip on style slippers under my desk at work. It feels great to slip my tired feet into them when I am sitting in my office. If it is cold outside (admittedly pretty rare in this part of the country), I love to wear our flannel pajamas for women. In the summer I love to wear big cotton nightshirts, like the fun styles we have by Lazy One.
Things I like to do outside of work:
I love to spend time with my husband and kids. We love to travel. Our favorite places to visit are the cool pines of Flagstaff, AZ and my hometown of New York, NY (a great place for kids!). Other fun recent trips include the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Washington, DC and Rome, Italy. My favorite restaurant is Aunt Suzies in Park Slope, Brooklyn. I love to start my day with a hot café latte no matter how hot it is outside.
My favorite book of all time is A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. My favorite TV shows include Mad Men, NCIS, CSI: New York and MI-5. I have seen a zillion movies. It is hard to pick a favorite.