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Everything Must Go

March 21, 2012
by thenestinggame

Part of why our basement looked like this before our massive weekend cleaning session

…is because we had a pretty large collection of stuff we just hadn’t gotten around to getting rid of. Like the gross carpet above. Ick. Why has that been sitting there for TWO YEARS?

Some stuff, like this vanity, was in the basement when we bought it:

While other things, like a couple of old TVs, we just stashed down there and forgot about.

So Saturday morning, when we realized we needed to get this stuff outta sight, I suggested to Taylor that we put it up on Craigslist for the bargain price of FREE. He was a bit skeptical, but I figured we had nothing to lose. So, throughout the day, as we cleared out items, I snapped pictures and posted listings in the Free Stuff section.

The vanity? Some guy tied it to his TWO-DOOR HONDA CIVIC and took it to ALABAMA. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

The TVs went like hotcakes.

A lady who runs a thrift store/women’s shelter picked them up, along with this collapsing shelving unit.

We had about 4 gallons of ammonia and tons of carpet cleaner and degreaser. A bunch of assorted sweepers and mops, too. All sorts of things that I will never use.

Within minutes my phone was BLOWING UP. A lady came and got them for her church.

Taylor found some coolant and other car things we probably wouldn’t use. Also we weren’t sure how old this stuff was or if it goes bad, so onto Craigslist it went. And in 45 minutes someone came to pick it up.

Cruddy ceiling fan? A veritable gold mine.

And, yeah….we could have tried to make some money from this stuff, but the hassle of haggling for $5 here and $10 there wasn’t worth the sheer joy of having it disappear from my life in a matter of hours. Plus, I was happy to see these things go to people who can really use them.

We did try to sell a few things. Like this umbrella:

I answered 400 text questions about it before the lady said she didn’t want it because it didn’t come with a base. WHICH I CLEARLY SAID IN THE AD. See? This is why I gave the other stuff away. I was asking 10 bucks for an umbrella; it’s not a used car.

The metal fencing is still in the basement.

But I gave these Malibu lights to the vanity guy. Just because it was amusing watching him try so hard to fit everything (plus a passenger!) into his tiny car. Oh, he also took some used rug padding.

So…moral of this story is, if you want junk out of your life? Give the shizz away.

There was a little brokering involved—me telling the second place responders, “Sorry someone else is coming for them, but I’ll let you know if they don’t show up.” And a few times I had to notify the backup, but for the most part it wasn’t too much legwork. In fact, it was kind of exciting.

I did have someone commit to getting the vanity, but backed out because he was “having personal issues,” which I thought was a little TMI for a texting relationship based on Craigslist. But I replied to everyone and several people wrote back telling me how much they appreciated being notified that an item was already gone. I hate it when a Craigger leaves you hanging!

Have you ever gone the Craigslist route for a quick, mass exit of your junk?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2012 9:47 am

    Craigslist and I are like this (twisting fingers together) but it can be a love/hate relationship at times. Some of the people you meet on there…anyway, we’re renovating our house slowly and rely on the fact that others like a good deal and our junk is someone else’s treasure. It’s going rather well. I guess I don’t know what I’d do without it.

  2. Taylor permalink
    March 21, 2012 10:17 am

    It really was like having a dumpster out front. Literally, we’d bring the stuff up to the driveway and an hour later, it’d be gone. Nice teamwork, Molly.

  3. Jenni McKay permalink
    March 21, 2012 11:21 am

    We’ve used Freecycle quite a bit to get rid of our stuff, but it’s a bit of a hassle…having to register, get your post approved (I’ve had some rejected), etc., so maybe craigslist will be my next strategy when we need to get rid of junk. :)

  4. Elaine Smart permalink
    March 21, 2012 11:53 am

    Blessing someone else with your unwanted “treasures.”
    We simply put a sign at end of street and is gone within an hour. Even put a broken dryer – motor
    broken in half – at end of driveway. A guy asked if he could have it. Told him it was broken, but he
    took it anyway. Saved me money having it dumped!

  5. March 21, 2012 11:55 am

    Yes! But I’d add this: If it can be donated to Goodwill or some other non-profit, it’s great for your tax returns. The only downside is that you do have to haul your own stuff there. Money is a resource, but so is time–having someone else save you time by hauling your stuff away is a different way of getting paid for it, you know? And it spreads some good karma out there :-)

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