Why Pay Retail When You Can Get it Free on Craigslist

Oh yes, it’s that time again. Time for a little mindless fun. Why waste your time on the internet playing Spider Solitaire or Candy Crush when you can waste your time on the internet reading how I waste my time on the internet looking for free shit on Craigslist. It’s kind of like a public service.

Here are some of the treasures I spotted:

Laptop Bag
Fits up to a 17 inch laptop. Hardly used at all. Please respond with a telephone number where I can reach you.

Laptop-bag
Uh… when it was hardly being used was it stored in the dirt?

 

Dresser
I think it’s a great dresser, however I’m moving out and away so I need to get rid of it. It has a few scratches, some bruises, and one of the door hinges is a little broken, but it doesn’t prevent the cabinet door from closing. It needs to go within the next two days.
dresser-with-bong
Maybe next time clean off the top of the dresser before taking photos. Especially if one of the items on top of your dresser is a bong!
Ornamental Grass
I have an ornamental grass plant I am giving away for FREE. You dig it up & it’s yours!! 
ornamental-grass
I thought ornamental grass was cute and fluffy. This just looks like a dead stack of hay.

 

Broken TV

Anyone want a broken tv to fix or recycle? Thin line across screen.

broken-television
Dude, there are like 50 free TVs on Craigslist that actually work. Get off your lazy ass and call your waste management company to see when and where you can dump your e-waste. (And BTW – nice picture!)

 

Queen Bed, Box Spring and Frame

Need to get rid of a queen mattress, box spring and frame. The mattress is one year old. The box spring used to double as a cat hiding place and needs to new fabric on the outside. However, it is still structurally sound and the wood is in excellent condition.

free-box-spring
A cat hiding place?! Ooh, I hope he sometimes peed in there, because there’s nothing like the smell of cat piss – especially on your mattress! (I’m allergic to cats, so think I’ll pass on this little gem!)

 

Free Entertainment Center

Free. The black bookshelf is gone but the entertainment center is free for the taking.

entertainment-center
I am fascinated by this photo. Did you post this on Instagram? Pinterest? Let me guess, you’re a scrapbooker.

 

And last, but certainly not least…

Free Bird House

Free bird house it’s heavy bring someone to help you at least 3 people and a truck.

bird-house
What the hell kind of bird is this for? A pterodactyl? No thank you. No thank you very much!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my recap of what you can get for free on Craigslist. If anything interests you, let me know and I’ll get you the link. Remember… I do this all for you!

The Wonders of Craigslist

I spend a lot of time on Craigslist. It fascinates me.

I sold my piano on Craigslist. We gave away our kids’ old-dilapidated-please-get-that-eyesore-out-of-my-yard-right-this-very-minute-now playset on Craigslist. I’ve even looked for a job on Craigslist – it’s the best place to find work locally that requires a 4-year degree and 5 years work experience for $12 an hour. (Um… I’ll take a pass on that, thanks!)

Recently we were looking for a new car on Craig’s List. Or rather a used car. Yes, for the second time in less than three years my car was totaled (not my fault – it was parked) and we had the super-fun task of using too-little insurance money to purchase a new used vehicle. Yay us!

You would not believe the photos people post trying to sell their cars. It shouldn’t take a marketing genius to figure out that pictures like this aren’t going to do you any favors:

Craigslist-car
Uh, maybe you could wait 12 hours and try taking this photo again.

 

Craigslist-car-partial
Are you selling all of the car or just part of it? (And BTW – nice thumb!)

 

Craigslist-dirty-car
Are the pennies and shirt included?

 

Craigslist-car-back-window
I’m confused – are you selling a car or showing us how nice the fall foliage looks out the back window?

 

Craigslist-car-upside-down
Does the car actually drive upside-down? Because that would be cool!

 

I’m no great photographer, but people, please, at least put in a bit of effort!

Of course it’s not just the used car section of Craigslist that fascinates me. Oh no! There are so many other wonders to be found. For example: I noticed a Health and Beauty section of Craigslist and wondered what people would sell there. There are curling irons, little-used infomerical purchases (P90X or Ab Rocket Twister anyone?), wigs and wheelchairs for sale. And then I saw this:

massager
What the???

MiMi by Je Joue “personal massager” – $60 (Ventura)

“The one I have is black. Very little use. Clean/sanitized. This holds a charge for 2 hours; will likely need some charging before use. Comes in original box for safe keeping.”

Uh….

A “personal massager” that has has had “very little use?!” Hells to the no people! I don’t care how much rubbing alcohol you dump that thing in – that is a NO SALE! (Though, holds a charge for two hours… hmmmm….)

And if you weren’t skeeved out already – let’s head over to the Craigslist Free Section shall we?

Free-stuff
If it’s free, it’s for me. (Or maybe not!)

 

How about:

craigslist-free-oil
Eeew!

 

Yes, that says two large containers with at least 6 gallons of peanut oil that was used to fry turkey! When it comes to reuse and recycle I definitely walk the walk. Washing out Ziploc bags for reuse? Check. Reusing wax cereal bags for sandwiches? Yeppers. Using someone else’s old peanut oil?! Nope.com. In fact I don’t even reuse my own cooking oil. Look, if you’re that into saving the earth (and I thank you for that) call up the people at usedcookingoil.org and schedule a pick-up.

You can always count on the Free Section of Craigslist to have a nice Curb Alert going. What’s a curb alert? It’s just what it sounds like – when people throw stuff out on their curb and alert the world via a Craigslist post. Saturday afternoons after yard sales are primo times for curb alerts. (I’ve never actually gotten anything from a curb alert, but they intrigue me.)

ANTIQUE* curb alert FURNITURE

craigslist-free-furniture
Just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s an “antique”

“Pieces from 70’s, 80’s, and possibly earlier 20th century furnishings to bring a unique atmosphere to any home. Some pieces have damaged fabric. All furniture should be sterilized by a professional before use.”

All furniture should be sterilized by a professional before use?! Not just cleaned, but STERILIZED? BY A PROFESSIONAL!!! Even the wooden rocking chair? What in God’s name has been going on on top of that furniture?

And to end this post I think I’ll leave you with this…

Free Shower Doors

“Free Shower doors. Doors only, no track.” (I’m guessing no sideways basketball hoop either.)

Seriously?! It’s too much trouble to prop the shower doors up against the garage and snap a picture with your iPhone? Instead you take half a photo and show me more of something I cannot have?

And the craziest thing of all? I bet you it will be gone by the end of the day.

I must be going now. Time to stop the Craigslist time suck and do something useful. (Like perhaps a game of Spider Solitaire.)