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, 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.

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.

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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.