A few months ago, I was on a quest to find a cheap but classy new sofa on Craigslist. I was successful! And even more so in that I discovered the Craigslist Free Section, in which people give away the weirdest shit ever.
The majority of posts give away boring stuff like “Free Dirt!” and “Free Moving Boxes!” A lot of posts offer free used and disgusting (although sometimes decent!) furniture already placed on a sidewalk. But the Craigslist Free posts I like are the ones where someone has taken the time to photograph and post something bizarrely small and unnecessary.
For example, Free Disposable Camera:
“Found this disposable camera while cleaning my office. No idea if it is still good, but it was never used and has 27 shots left.”
Who would post this? Who would excitedly email saying, “Hold that camera! I’ll be over in 15!” Is this some scam in which a crime is afoot?
Here, you can pick up a VHS copy of “Training Day.” For free! You can drive out to Ocean Avenue, pick up a VHS tape, and probably end up in a freezer. Why would someone take the time to post this?!? What is their thought process? They could toss it, give it to a library, or find an image, post it on Craigslist, and schedule a pick-up time with whatever internet weirdo want to arrange the VHS rendezvous. Yeah, that’s probably the easiest.
Here’s someone else giving away ONE VHS tape. These people must be elderly.
Here’s a free toilet. Someone’s shady contractor is probably going to charge them $500 for this. On the other hand, this person in Sea Cliff (of course) giving away 20 designer show boxes makes perfect sense to me.
When broadening my “free” search to include the entire Bay Area, we get this: “19 issues of American Rifleman magazine (mountain view): Issues are Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov/Dec 1997 (Nov/Dec is a combined issue), Jan, Feb, Mar, April, May, June, July, Aug 1998”
You’ll probably need to schedule pick up of late-90s American Rifelman Magazine issues in-between this poster’s war-reenactment weekends.
This simple post wants you to take a few ducks off their hands, no charge. “FREE DUCKS.” How can you not click on that?
Here’s a free water bottle with TWO pictures. WHY? WHY? WHY?
Hey, I’m all for finding happy homes for inanimate objects. I’m the once scouring the Craigslist free ads. I love a treasure! But at what point is something no longer worth the effort of photographing, posting, and scheduling pick-up? I say that point is a disposable camera found in a drawer. Unless, of course, there’s like, one photo taken and forgotten on that camera, and it solves some sort of cold case. Actually, maybe I should respond to that ad.