Decluttering Furniture: Selling and Dumping

I don’t have a lot of nice furniture, but sometimes need to deal with it. You can dump it, or sell it. Almost everything can be sold, but the price might not be too high.

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Giving Away Food on Facebook Marketplace, Metal on Craigslist, and Other Adventures in Curb Alerts

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.

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Getting Rid of CRT TVs

Getting rid of these TVs is pretty hard, but it can be done.

The typical way is to put it on the curb, but that’s not likely to work anymore. I see TVs trashed and damaged, and guess who gets to clean up the broken glass?

The trick is to know the markets. There are very, very few:

  • Video gamers who want a small tv to play old games.
  • Photo and film productions that need an old TV to indicate “1990s”.
  • CRT TV enthusiasts, may want a large one.
  • People who want a free TV and will take anything.

The main advantage of giving it away or selling it, rather than placing it out, is that someone else will come by to help move the TV.

Here’s a TV that ended up being used for a photo shoot. I hope they resold it. It’s a nice TV.

Generating Interest in Your Ad by Listing for Others

People often put stuff out on the curb without advertising it. You can easily spot this because the stuff just stays there for days on end, and it’s “good stuff”.

If it’s crap, you can’t tell, but if it’s good stuff, it’ll go.

Here’s an example of something good, that was left out up the street. I figured it could generate interest in my junk. It’s a little kiddie beemer:

I got nearly 20 requests for it before I even looked at a message. It was taken within an hour. I wish I snagged that and posted it for sale!

They also had a car seat that was gone within the day:

Meanwhile, I got two requests for my junk.

Let’s face some facts: people don’t want this furniture and wood stuff.

I am happy I got a couple requests.

I might need to sand down the nightstand and see what it looks like underneath the paint. That was my original plan. I think it could then sell for $10 or a bit more if they’re painted.

I know these items are good. They are quality. The problem is, people don’t know, and it’s only DIY-ers who can appreciate these items. By turning them into “retail” product, I should be able to dispose of them.