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How to Use Craigslist to Get Rid of Your Junk

June 28, 2011

Do you ever just want something out of your house?

Maybe it’s got a little useful life left in it that would be worth something to someone, but you’re not really interested in finding out what that is.

You just want it gone.

Here’s an ad I once placed on Craigslist’s free section:

I don’t know why anyone would want this, but I have a rusted out hot water heater that is free. First one to pick it up can take it.

Turns out that some of the parts of the water heater were worth something to someone. I didn’t know that, nor did I really care. I just knew I wanted to avoid the $35 large item pickup fee my trash service was going to charge me to haul it off.

And the old dryer that needed an expensive repair.

And the fifteen year old patio table whose chairs had long since bit the dust.

And the very outdated living room furniture, that wasn’t selling at any price.

It’s possible that these things might have brought a small amount of money, but it wasn’t worth it to me to find out. In some cases, I wouldn’t have even felt good about charging for them.

I just wanted them gone, and preferably to someone who would get something out of the life they had left rather than toss them in a landfill.

Here’s how I’ve used Cragislist’s free section to get rid of stuff with really good results:

  1. Post an ad for the free item, being very specific about its condition.
  2. Mention that the first person able to pick it up can have it. (This is different from the first person to respond.)
  3. Give that person the address and leave the item outside in a visible location.
  4. Watch unwanted stuff disappear.

Note:  If the first person doesn’t pick up the item in an acceptable amount of time, I would cancel the transaction and move onto the next person. I’ve never had to use this step, however.

Benefits to you:

  1. Less clutter in your house.
  2. Possibly avoiding large item trash hauling fees.
  3. The good feeling that comes with giving your stuff to someone who will use it versus having it linger in a landfill.

This post is part of Works for Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family.

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