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The Power of the FREE Sign

April 12th, 2011

I don’t know what it is, but it seems people will take anything off your hands if you put it out by the road with a FREE sign on it. A couple years ago we had our basement sandblasted and waterproofed. Some of the items from the basement went out by the road with a free sign on them. Since we live in private lake community with a lot of very expensive vacation homes, our friends that were helping us were skeptical that anyone would take the old bookshelves & the old brown sleeper sofa. Only an hour or so after being put out front, everything was gone!

We also had a old snowblower in our garage, my parents received it second hand when I was in junior high school. We couldn’t use in our gravel driveway, so we put it out by the road. One of our neighbors grabbed it and still uses it. We smile every time we hear him out after a snow storm. This weekend we put a storm door out by the road. Not long afterwards someone stopped in a golf cart, threw it on the roof, and headed home. Well, it fell off the roof right across the street, but they put it back on and off they went again. It’s nice to know that someone else will be getting some use out of something I no longer need!

I must admit, I’ve stopped for free items by the side of the road too. I have some old windows I got this way (hopefully to be made into cold frames or a greenhouse some day). I also found a row of Brunswick seats from an old bowling alley (I know what a score). I sanded these down, painted them up, and we gave them to some friends for Christmas one year!

Do you ever put stuff out by the road with a free sign on it? Have you ever picked up a free item?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.