VALLEY STREAM, NY (CBSNewYork) — Two sisters in Valley Stream are trying to do something special for their dad this Father’s Day, but they need some help.

Alexa and Aimee Kaplan are trying to get an electric guitar for their father Arthur after he sold his beloved vintage Gretsch guitar to pay bills for the family about a year ago.

“Money got very tight around the house a couple of years ago and we had been holding our own, but there came a time when we couldn’t make a bill or pay the mortgage and we needed the extra money to help us out,” said Aimee.

Aimee says Arthur used to hang his guitar on the wall, a symbol she says she’s always associated with her dad. She says now the wall is just too empty without it and she wants to do something to pay him back.

“He did it for his family,” said Aimee. “I don’t think he should have because everybody has to have a little bit of joy in their life. But it was a beautiful thing he did and I think he needs to be repaid for that.”

So with $50 in birthday money she got when she turned 16, Aimee posted a listing on Craigslist with the help of her sister looking for anyone who would sell her a guitar for cheap.

Her ad says:

“We are looking to buy an electric guitar for our dad for Father’s Day. He had to sell his Gretsch to pay bills. We only have $50.00, but are hoping someone will reach out to us. We live in Valley Stream and need help getting the guitar to us, but we could pay a small amount if you can deliver it to us. Please help us make dad happy again. Thank you.”

If you’d like to help Alexa and Aimee give the perfect Father’s Day gift for their dad, check out their listing on Craigslist at or email them at

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