I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to check my local Craigslist.org website throughout the day. The “free” section has so many items that are still in wonderful shape but either the current owner has no space or need for the item any longer. When you think about it these are all recycled things, whether it be soccer balls, bikes, weights, lamps, you name it, and you’re helping the environment while saving money. I have received hundreds of dollars worth of formula/baby food coupons, a $2,000 pilates machine in almost new condition, and several gently used strollers and kid items all for FREE! Craigslist is a perfect to recycle things and find things to recycle!
Tips for getting things from Craigslist:
- Pick up at sellers earliest convenience
- Tell the poster to put it on their porch and you can pick it up at your convenience
- Pick-up/meet when you say you are going to pick-up and people will choose you over others if you want anything else from them
- Try to meet in a public place during the day
- Don’t be afraid to ask for photos
- Most posters who are offering coupons may be willing to send you the item(s) if you send them a self address stamped envelope (SASE).
Not only do I love to shop the “free” section, but I also post items on the site to get rid of things we don’t need anymore. To avoid becoming a “hoarder”, we try to keep only the things that we absolutely need and use in our home. If we haven’t used an item and it’s collecting dust in our storage area, we purge it to the “free” section of Craigslist.org.
The “free” section may be one of my faves but there are other great deals to be found in the “For Sale” Section too. Most of the time if you are looking for something and don’t necessarily need it in perfect condition, you can find it here most of the time. Ed, my husband, sold his car within an hour of posting it!
One of the facts about recycling through Craigslist is that there are no more materials or energy (except driving to get the item) or chemicals produced to get to the next owner. Please keep this in mind next time you are looking to purchase something for your house and save money while your at it! There is no better price than FREE.
What are your favorite finds through Craigslist.org?
Posted by Marianne of www.iEcoClothes.com | Eco Clothing and Fun in One. We specialize in organic cotton t-shirts for kids that are simple, give back (through planting a tree for every tee sold), and show eco friendly ways to have fun.