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.
A 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.
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.
Curb Alerts: Forbidden Food
I have diabetes, and can’t eat beans anymore. Well, maybe in the future, but not now or any time soon. So, I put them out to be taken.
That above was put out on a Sunday morning, early, like 4am. I figured that someone might want to pick it up early in the morning.
That’s three bags of beans, and a small bag of bean snacks. There’s also some small electronics.
The previous night, I put this out, and it was taken, except for the wood and some rollers.
Not pictured are two big cans of baked beans. So it’s a lot of beans. There’s also some butter cookies, and a ramen, which I can’t eat. The rest of the stuff is electronics and screws and similar things.
I found these beans on the street. They were all clean, and in a box. Looking back, I suspect that the person who gave them away got diagnosed with diabetes, and gave away their carbs, just like I’m doing now.
Successes and Failures Giving Away Wood
One ad has been up two weeks, and no luck so far. The other freebie went in hours. What are the differences?
The chair was taken quickly. The cut wood has been there for two weeks. I’m the only person taking twigs and wood.
I think emphasizing that the chair was clean helped. Most curbside chairs are pretty gross. This one was picked off the curb, and then reupholstered, using recycled materials. I just had one too many chairs, so gave this away.
The twigs, I suspect, aren’t that relevant to the average person.
I use them in the grill. Basically, you just make charcoal with them. These aren’t that great for charcoal, but you get some time on the flames. You can use the big flames to roast chiles.