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!