How to find a home for your old junk

Maybe there’s something (or a lot of things) you don’t want anymore. How do you go about getting it to someone who may still have a use for it? Here are some tips:

  • Leave it in a box on the curb. This works pretty well in dense urban areas, but probably not so well in rural or suburban areas. Where I live, if you leave a box with a “free” sign on the curb your stuff will be gone in no time. If you think your neighbors won’t approve of having a box of stuff outside for the day you can always just leave it somewhere where there’s a lot of foot traffic, like a bus stop or a street corner. Try to coordinate this with a day where there is no rain in the forecast.
  • Donate it to charity. This is always a good option. On the other hand, I can say first hand that many stores throw out many donated items.
  • Craigslist / Kijiji free section. You can put your item on the free section of CL. You might be surprised at the things people will go out their way to pick up. I’d say this is the best option if you have something niche or something that needs repairs, as you’re more likely to find that specific person who can use it or fix it. I used to list on Craigslist free a lot, but I now find so much stuff that I don’t have time for it anymore. However, you can see some of the things I found homes for on my old “garbage giveaways” page.
  • Free box at a yard sale.

Do you have any other ideas? Let us know in the comments!


3 thoughts on “How to find a home for your old junk

  1. misskitty79 says:

    Offer it on the Free Stuff montreal FB group! 😉

  2. There’s also

    which started in Arizona

    “The Freecycle concept has since spread to over 85 countries, where there are thousands of local groups representing millions of of members — people helping people and ‘changing the world one gift at a time.’ As a result, we are currently keeping over 500 tons a day out of landfills! This amounts to five times the height of Mt. Everest in the past year alone, when stacked in garbage trucks!
    By giving freely with no strings attached, members of The Freecycle Network help instill a sense of generosity of spirit as they strengthen local community ties and promote environmental sustainability and reuse. People from all walks of life have joined together to turn trash into treasure.”

  3. Jane F says:

    Buy Nothing is similar to freecycle but on Facebook and trying to be more community oriented.

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