On The Money: Craigslist’s ‘free’ page a modern-day dumping ground

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WRIC) — All this week, Good Morning Richmond is “On The Money.” We’re giving you some ideas on how to save and spend your cash.

On Thursday, we’re featuring the “free” page on Craigslist. Some people are using the section of the site not to buy or sell, but as a modern-day dumping ground — and both givers and takers are benefiting.

If you have a mattress or a couch you want to get rid of, you might plop it on the curb and hope somebody picks it up, or you could rent a truck and take it to the dump.

Others are clearing out their houses with just the click of a mouse. Craigslist’s “free” page is a sea of TVs, furniture and odds and ends ready to be picked up. In the Richmond area alone, there are hundreds of pages of items up for grabs.

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Diego Hernandez plans to put his North Chesterfield home on the market, so he’s trying to spruce it up and get rid of the piles of firewood stored outside.

“I just need somebody to haul it away,” he said. “It’s nice to just be able to say, hey, come pick it up.”

Hernandez snapped some pictures of the wood and posted this message on the site:

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“You may not need it now…but this seasoned wood will do you good come winter time! Hit me up to schedule a time for you to come and get it. I’ll even give you a hand loading it up!”

He says he received about 15 inquiries that same day.

Marvin Moore from Henrico County was one of the people looking to load up on the free firewood.

“We have a spot where we can go and cut it down, but cutting it down and cutting it up then loading it and unloading it, splitting it, is a lot more than just coming and picking it up,” said Moore.

Moore has been using the “free” page for the last three years to stock up on firewood and says it’s been helpful.

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“It’s a good experience. In fact, it’s always been a good experience for me,” he said.

Same for Hernandez.

“It works and I’ll definitely do it again if I have the right stuff to give away,” said Hernandez. “And I’m happy because I don’t have to think about what to do with it.”

If you have time, Hernandez says it’s not a bad idea to try to sell your items on Craigslist first. If you don’t get any bites and still want to get it off your hands, the “free” page is a good next step.

To see what’s listed on the “free” page in the Richmond area, click HERE.

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