Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Craigslist Free Stuff...! Who Knew...!

In the past couple of weeks or so I have been browsing through Craiglist, looking for this-and-that, and today I happened to stumble onto the "free" stuff. It's wonderful...! Who knew there were so many treasures out there, free for the taking. You just go and pick it up. Who knew...! For instance, did you know that for absolutely nothing -- free! -- you can have six laying hens?  Just go get them, and they're yours.

My personal favourite was the Free Crutches and Removable Cast. Both were used for about four days and are in perfect condition, very clean. Come and take them away. Unfortunately, I was too late, and they were already gone. Darn! And they were hardly used at all.  The cast was in mint condition and there wasn't a scuff mark on it.  But, someone had already beaten me to it. Can you blame them?  Who can resist a free removable cast.  That's the story of my life -- in the wrong place at the wrong time.

This has an interesting story to it, don't you think? Free decorative mask, brand new still in box, approximately 5" x 5". Santa probably left this little goodie under some unfortunate lucky person's Christmas tree.  It's brand new; in fact, it's probably never been taken out of the box.  If you can get past the nightmares it's sure to give you for weeks to come, you can pick this up for nothing!  Can you believe it?  I'll bet there's a rush on this item.

I have 2 boxes of wire hangers (and a few thicker coat hangers) that I need to get rid of. Probably close to 70 hangers. Looking to get rid of them today. I don't even want to know the story behind this one. Why would anyone have 70 hangers, and why would they need to get rid of them?  Perhaps "Mommie Dearest" is coming to visit... Okay, all together now ... "No wire hangers ever...!"

Depends. Partial package. Women's medium. Hate to throw them out when they are perfectly new and unused. There are 14 out of 18, I believe... Do we want to know why anyone would be giving away a partially used box of Depends, especially if they are perfectly new and unused? No, I don't think I want to know... No...

Bullet proof glass. 1 1/4 inch thick. approximately 30" x 50". Due to the large number of enquiries, first come first served. Pick up between 1 - 6 pm Thursday to Sunday. VERY HEAVY. Can be moved by three men, or two men and a dollie. Large number of enquiries?  That's sort of an unfortunate commentary on the current state of affairs in our city.  This item is located in East Vancouver.

Two Green spotted Puffer Fish for free. Currently in 30 gallon tank. Cannot share tank with other species as they are aggressive. Eats frozen brine shrimp and blood worms. Uses 1/4 cup marine salt per gallon of water. Adorable little creature, isn't he?  He looks a bit like Mr. Paquette, my grade 12 French teacher.  I wonder why they're getting rid of them.

I love Craigslist. There are some amazing things for sale on there, and the free items are great. There are wheelchairs, a maternity bra, toilets, back issues of Cosmopolitan Magazine, egg cartons -- I suppose they would come in handy if you were to take the free laying hens. Someone is even giving away a free bunch of rocks. Can you imagine -- free rocks?  It's wonderful.

19 comments:

Leslie: said...

So this is why you haven't posted lately! Too buy reading Craigs List! I'm killing myself laughing here about all those items...unused Depends = someone died...

DUTA said...

"..the story of my life - in the wrong place at the wrong time." Unfortunately, that's my story too.

Bagman and Butler said...

Free coat hangers? Doesn't this person know that coat hangers actually reproduce in closets like skinny metal rabbits. There are more and more of them everytime I open the closet door! This Craigslist person should be offering money to pay someone to come and take them away.

DJan said...

Coat hangars reproduce from safety pins. That's why you can never find the safety pins, they grew up into metal hangars. Wonderful and fun post, Jo. I loved it! :-)

Oh, and Craigslist is certainly entertaining. I read it for fun, which it seems you do too.

Whitney Lee said...

Obviously there is a whole world of wonderful out there that I'm missing. Thank you so much for this!

I now have to go put on my pj's so I can go to my daughter's pajama party and read to a group of 3 year olds...perhaps I should have checked Craigslist beforehand for some spiffy new (used) duds. Ehh? Thanks for the morning humor:)

Inconsequential Man said...

Free hens?! Awesome. I'll just chuck (gettit?) them into the trunk.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I am a big fan of Craigslist. We bought and sold the Class C RV we drove to Georgia on Craigslist. I see the free stuff, but figure we live so far out that anything I fanied would no doubt be gone by the time I could get there. But, the rocks, I would go get them for my gardens. Depends? Not so much.

Charlene said...

Craig's List could be source material for short stories at the very lease.

Reggie reads Craig's List but he's over in the part where people are offering services. :o)

RoseRed said...

Have you heard about the woman in Colorado who collected free items from Craigslist and came up with enough nice furniture to furnish a small apartment? Now she's looking for a worthy inheritant. Sounds like her next goal is furniture for a single-family home.
http://paradigmthrift.blogspot.com

Paul C said...

I am enthralled with kijiji and everything available there. Craigslist I must explore. I, a lover of rocks and landscaping, am definitely interested in that rock potential.

KrippledWarrior said...

I've never been on Craig's list. Or even E-Bay if you can believe that. Who knew, indeed?

Deedee said...

I've never used Craigslist but those little puffers sure are cute. And the chickens! Who wouldn't want free chickens?!

Kass said...

Hey, this might be a great way to get people to come pick up my junk.

budh.aaah said...

Hey thats a great way of getting rid of stuff that one doesnt want and helping someone int he process too :)

Russell said...

Oh yes. Watch eBay, here comes Craigslist!

It is always interesting to scroll through the variety of items on Craigslist. You are right. You can find anything!

A 1957 Life Magazine? $2. A black rotary dial telephone in working condition? $10. A half bag of charcoal briquettes? $1.

What amazes me are the "never used" items. For example: Craftsmen push lawn mower, 6 horse, mulcher, never used, $125. Or complete set of fancy china for 8 - $40.

Why do people have things that were never used? Maybe they got them as a gift? But often people say they bought this or that and just never used it. I wonder why?

Have fun looking through the treasure trove of Craigslist!

Paula Slade said...

Funny post Jo!

Amazing the things that folks will giveaway.

Nancy said...

I think you need a wheelbarrow!

mrsnesbitt said...

Is this Freecycle? Our neighbours are moving and I popped over - they had a single bed - said I would put it on freecycle for them - came home would you believe somebody was asking for one? They are collecting it tonight - now how's that eh?

Ian Hickey said...

Hi all,
I just published an android app that will let you see all the Craigslist curb alerts around you and notify when new stuff arrives on a sidewalk near you. If interested it is called Craigslist Curb Alerts.

Cheers and happy hunting!