John and I once purchased an Ikea table for $10 off Craigslist. Without having a car we made sure it was ready for pickup within close proximity to our house. We walked about 4 blocks, checked it out, then carted it home – only one lamppost was harmed during this exercise, but it was worth it.
Even though Vancouver’s Craigslist is pretty much a tool for the entire Lower Mainland, there’s another option on the market that has a unique twist on the formula.
Surrey Reuses is a listing service website on which you can attempt to sell such things like your unwanted sofa, table or TV stand.
Items are allowed to be priced up to $99 to encourage reuse of materials which would otherwise be disposed of. [SurreyResuses]
The website is a part of a program initiate by the Recycling Counsil of BC.
The Recycling Council of British Columbia (RCBC) is all about Zero Waste. Since 1974, RCBC, Canada’s oldest Recycling Council, has led BCâ€™s progressive policy of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs and other initiatives to find innovative ways to eliminate waste and decrease British Columbia’s environmental footprint. [Recycling Counsil of BC]
So far I’ve found listings for free car speakers, 300 free bales of hay, 3 pieces of drywall and the top of a 1979 GMC Jimmy.
As you can tell, it’s not really where you can make a huge profit. The point is to get a wider audience in an attempt to get rid of your stuff instead of saving it all for that one day a year when garbage collectors will take away your mustard-yellow stove from 1981.
If you have a box sitting in your house marked “yard sale items” and it’s been sitting there since Jean Chretien was Prime Minister, this may be the option for you. Just get rid of it and make sure it doesn’t end up in a landfill.
More information is available on the Surrey Reuses website.