Scrap Metal Donation on Craigslist


This photo was from around 2003, when I was messing with the JamCam toy camera or a tiny MP3 player with camera on it. This was before I got a smartphone.

My father had passed away, so I took a bunch of metal junk from the garage and put it out in front.

I took a photo, posted it on Craigslist, and waited for people to come by and take it. Eventually, it was all taken away.

The trick here is to know that some people collect scrap metal for a living. They often use CL and other sites looking for notifications of free scrap metal. The stuff here isn’t that valuable, but the aluminum in the chaise would be worth a dollar or so. I think there may have been better metal on the ground. I did find some brass.

Looking back, I think I would have been able to sell that insecticide canister for a little money. Maybe $5 or $10 as a decorative item. Hard to say, because it’s not that old yet.

PS – I wrote a free ebook about how to do this.

Giving Away Food on Facebook Marketplace

I listed this first on FB, then later on CL.

The first two contacts flaked out on me. In fact, I think they were fake profiles, because one of them vanished into the ether.

The third was for real, and they came by to get the food.

That’s not an unusual thing on FB, to have fake profiles contact you. I think they’re farming for contact information.

These went so fast because I had Oreos in there. They were unexpired, and I had a photo of the expiration date.

I keep an eye out for food on Craigslist and Facebook. FB is better. Usually, though, I can’t eat the food, or it’s something I don’t want. I haven’t yet found any food to get.

Last Minute Curb Alert Worked!

Yesterday night’s post worked. Most of the stuff has been taken away!

Facebook Marketplace refused to allow the posting, probably because I had some crutches in there, and medical equipment is not allowed in their ads. It seems silly to me, but that’s what they do.

Despite that, Craigslist ZIP pulled through, and most of the things were gone when I went to check them at 10:15am.

I think I suffered a net loss of around $5 on unsold Ebay items. I hope whoever took the items has better luck with them, and makes a few dollars, or gets some direct use out of the items.

I was feeling at ease, because I found a pretty big Samsung TV on the curb yesterday. Life has been rough lately, and having things work has been a load off my back.

Hoping this Minor Declutter Weekend Giveaway Works

This was stuff that didn’t sell on Ebay or Facebook, some junk I bought and no longer need, some useful things I no longer need, and some junk I just got for free.

I admit, it’s kind of pathetic looking, but there’s a few useful things in there.

I like to put things out on Thursday night, and post an ad on Craigslist and Facebook, to get the weekend garage sale browsing traffic. These are the hardcore buyers who are looking for deals – many check the free giveaways.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get this ad up until Friday night.

I don’t post to Freecycle because they don’t allow “curb alerts”.

Ad Text:

Curb Alert, Crutches, Night Stand, Pegs, Ceramic, Electronics

3 Crutches
Night Stand
Expanding Peg Wall Hanging Hooks
Ceramic Container
Remote Controls
Lubricant (not Lucas, but ATF + WD40 + Lucas)
Flexible Duct
2000s “vintage” hair stuff 🙂
VHS instructional videos
Tablet case with Nightmare Before Christmas artwork
Jay Chou DVD, not region 1
Red plastic sheet sign

Possibly more stuff will be put out. All free.

8346 Elsmore Dr. 91770
Near Walnut Grove Wal Mart in Rosemead.

See the ad here.

I hope that nightstand thing goes. I’ve had it out three weeks, and nobody has taken it. It just needs a sanding, some repair, and a coat of paint or clear varnish.

Moving Sale (Old Photos from April 2017)

Back in 2017, I needed to move to make room for gentrification. So I put out a bunch of my stuff that I didn’t want to take to my new home. I started the process around three months before I had to move.

Initially, I sold stuff on Ebay and Craigslist. Then, as the items became fewer, I just gave them away.

I advertised this on Craigslist, but the main way I got rid of stuff was by posting a sign in the front that said “Free Stuff on Porch”. I also had it in Spanish, “Cosas Gratis”.

Most, but not all, of the stuff was taken.

I ended up taking some of my own stuff, as well, after the move.

Later, someone broke into the house and made a big mess of the area, dumping more stuff from elsewhere onto the porch.

Decluttering Vitamins and Drugs

It’s kind of against the law to give away these things. I think. I’m not sure.

It’s against Facebook’s rules, and they’ll flag your post.

Craigslist seems to be OK with it, if you mix it in with other things.

I posted this curb alert, and then added the pills in later.

The first thing to go was the big brown box, just hours later. I thought the conduit would be the first to go.

That nightstand seriously needs some work to give it a touch of curb appeal.

I accidentally bought too many Tums. Now I don’t even have stomach acid problems. So out they went.

The Best Yard Sale Signs

It’s summertime and the yard sales are in effect. The best signs I’ve seen so far are these mysterious arrows, so I copied them.

The technique is to have arrows all over the place, so people see them and follow them.

It’s the opposite of having a big sign with an address on it. Have many small signs leading people to the destination.

The people driving around know what the arrows mean!

Still Not Gone! Second Summer Giveaway

Of all the things to take, somebody took the plastic chest of drawers.

They left behind the wood stuff, which I thought was much nicer.

I’m not really sure how to deal with this.

One possibility is to sand down the nightstand, glue it tight, and then sell it, unfinished. Maybe list it for $30.

The two cabinets have faces. They might go easier if they didn’t have those on. I suspect plain wood boxes would be more popular.

The scanner is still a good find. The VCRs might be of interest to people who do repairs – if they aren’t taken, they’ll get hoarded in the garage for another giveaway.

First Giveaway Summer 2019, Craigslist

This batch took a couple weeks. I initially tried to sell it, but that failed. A detailed Craigslist freebies listing that got a couple people to come by. I followed up with a FB marketplace ad. Once that was done with, I put it on the curb on Friday, and posted a curb alert to the freebies and to FB marketplace. Trash pickup was on Monday, but someone took it all by Saturday night.

A few of the things were just pickups from the street, and wouldn’t sell on Ebay. Some were purchases. Some were things I just happened to find in my stuff.

The ad was:

Miscellaneous things. See the photos for the current inventory. I will update frequently, and keep adding things.

Take what you want. “thank you” to everyone who took stuff.

…//list of things//

Updated 5:00pm, 6/20
// address inserted here // on the wall to the right. It’s in the boxes. Bring a flashlight. You can take the boxes to carry the stuff, but don’t leave stuff outside of a box.