Friday, November 13, 2009

Free Furniture Pick Up and Take Away

I don't think I've written about this yet. I searched through all the older posts and didn't find anything, but there are over 650 entries now, so I may have missed it. Let's assume, for the sake of sleep that I didn't.

Getting old furniture and other large household items hauled away can be a tricky and sometimes expensive proposition. But Kate and I never have that problem. We live on a major street in the city, so junk removal is easy. We leave it out on the sidewalk with a "take me" sign and within no time, it's gone.

It's uncanny sometimes how fast it happens. A few months ago I put an old end table out by the street. After carrying it out I went up into the attic to get something. While I was up there I heard what sounded like a pick-up truck life-gate dropping. I flew to the window just in time to see an older gentleman grab the table, load it into his truck and drive off. It was taken in under ten minutes.

And it doesn't seem to matter what it is, how big or bulky it is, or its state of repair. We've left out old, beat up couches, broken lounge chairs, tables, a ratty desk, our old desk chair (which the cat had puked on right before we put it out) and more I'm forgetting. All dealt with for us by the circling junk-mongers of Baltimore City.

But here's the really interesting, and somewhat surprising part. If we forget to put the "take me" sign on our item, it's left untouched. We had something, an old chair I think, sit out for 24 hours before we finally realized the sign was missing. We added it, and the chair was gone within the hour. That makes me feel good. These people aren't thieves casing the neighborhood looking for unmonitored stuff. These are people trying to eek out an honest living reselling the junk other people don't want. More power to them.

Keep up the good work.

1 comment:

  1. ive been trying to get rid of this old couch i left out in the curve but no one has picked up. i dont want anyone coming to our place and telling us you cand leave that there. you must move it. im going to try that sign idea. but if that doesnt work do you have any other ideas.?