Now you may have guessed from my previous posts that I am someone who LOVES to save money and loves to get things for free! I even wrote a blog post a while back letting you know that “Free” is my favorite word…the tattoo is still pending. I don’t think this is too outrageous as most people enjoy the feeling of getting something for free, right? And the flip side to this is giving stuff away for free can also be an uplifting experience as you know you’ve made someone else happy. It’s a win-win!
This brings me to my Top 10 List: Why the Used Free Page is So Awesome! And yes, I admit, I am stealing this idea from the great Mr. Letterman so there will be no lawsuit.
#10 – You can post your FREE items for FREE on the UsedEverywhere.com sites: Because free and free just go together like peanut butter and jelly! Snap a pic of that great item you no longer need, tell the world all about it and post it. So easy!
#9 – You can post as many free items as you like: The skies are the limit as to how many unwanted items you can give away to be cherished by another. Remember the old saying, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.”
#8 – It helps you de-clutter your life: The free page is like a life coach that’s trying to help you simplify your life. It asks to you to sort through your garage or closet and remove the items you no longer use or need but don’t necessarily want to sell as you want them out of your life IMMEDIATELY.
#7 – It will save you time: First, you have a greater chance of someone picking up a free item right away as they’ll want to jump on such an amazing deal. Second, it will save you time from loading up that old couch or dresser and driving it to the nearest dump. And last but not least, it can save you time as people will actually use their own time to get it for free.
Here’s a quick story: a friend of mine wanted to take down his backyard porch. He was going to spend the entire day dismantling this huge thing and then pay money to have it discarded at the dump. I told him to post it for free on UsedEverywhere.com with the stipulation that whoever picked it up also had to take it down. He scoffed at this idea but did what I said. Within 30 minutes, he had over 20 people email and call him asking to take this porch down and way…for FREE! Now, he actually listens to me when I talk.
#6 – It will save you money: This one is pretty obvious. You save money on gas and you save money by not paying the dump.
#5 – It keeps things out of the landfill: Enough said. Everyone feels better when they can recycle and keep things out of the dump. It’s in our blood as Canadians! On this note, if you decide to put your free items out on the curb, you not only risk offending your neighbours, but if it rains, the items will be ruined, so you are now forced to spend money taking it to the landfill.
#4 – It inspires creativity: You may think those old wooden window frames you’ve posted for free are just junk or someone will only be able to reuse them on an old house. But thanks to DIY blogs and Pinterest, someone may take them and repurpose them as picture frames, abstract art or even in a wedding reception as a seating chart. The possibilities are endless!
#3 – It helps save the world: Always wanted to be a super hero? Well, here’s a role you can take on…Captain Recycle! Your mission is to keep items out of the landfill and reuse them to ensure our world is around for millions of years to come.
#2 – It will make someone really happy: As mentioned earlier, people love to get things for free. I was ecstatic last summer when someone posted a free Little Tikes push car AND picnic table. I’d been looking for these for my son for a while and couldn’t believe someone was actually giving them away for free. It made my week!
#1 – It will make you happy: Nothing feels better than helping someone else out. While you may think that the old bed frame you posted for free is old and that nobody will take it. There will be someone out there who’s struggling and trying to rebuild their life and all they have left to complete their new apartment is a bed frame so they no longer have to sleep on their mattress on the floor. Plus, it always helps to stock-up on good karma!
So if my Top 10 List hasn’t convinced you to start using the free pages on UsedEverywhere.com, I just don’t know what else will. I would love to hear what cool and unique things you’ve found on our free page and what they mean to you. Free Page Rocks!