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Mon Jul 1, 2019, 05:36 PM

Sometimes it's easier to sell stuff than give it away.

I belong to a few local yard sale and everything-is-free FB groups (trying to declutter). I posted a free Yamaha drum machine; no foot pedal but that could be replaced. A person was very interested but couldn't come until the next day.

Next day came and went, and when I told her I was moving to the next person, she sent me a picture of a hospital room. Hold it another day, my boyfriend was admitted! I said ok, but I was leaving town for two days and would leave it on the porch. Thank you! I'll get it tomorrow for sure!

Got back from trip, it's still there. I offered it to the next person. I saw the indicator that she had read the message, but no reply. I decided to just keep it for the yard sale my hubby is threatening to give in August, to clear the basement.

Two days later she asks if it's still available. I said no I'm sorry.

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Reply Sometimes it's easier to sell stuff than give it away. (Original post)
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Response to Croney (Original post)

Mon Jul 1, 2019, 05:59 PM

1. Yes, if you put a small price on the item, people take it more seriously

I learned that from Craigslist. The other thing you can do is put it by the curb with a "free" sign on it. If it's really something good, it will be gone within the hour.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 1, 2019, 06:14 PM

2. Yes, I'm going that route with toys and kitchen items.

Also shoes. I have found many good things on the street myself.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Tue Jul 2, 2019, 08:46 AM

3. I've been through that.

I just moved from kind of a big house to a small apartment. I had alot of stuff to get rid of and posted in my neighborhood website that it was for sale at yardsale prices. People came to look and quite a few of them said they'd come back with a pickup to get certain items.
Wound up donating it all to Goodwill.

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Response to Croney (Original post)

Wed Jul 3, 2019, 02:23 PM

4. We had the same experience with a mattress & a piano

The mattress was still in good condition. I posted it on Craigslist for free and included several pictures and had zero takers for days. I relisted it for $20 and sold it before the end of the day.

Had the same experience with an old upright piano. No takers for days, then listed it for $25 and again it sold right away.

However, when we do "curb alerts" for items we can put out by the street (old rusted swing sets, yard bench with rotting wood, etc.), it's amazing to see how fast the stuff goes.

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