Free!

United States
July 2, 2007 6:26pm CST
When driving down a road and spotting a sign that says "Free", do you slow down and check out what is there for the taking? My husband has now become a "Free" freak. A couple of weeks ago, he brought home a rocking chair, bird house, electric paint gun, a rocking horse, and some other wooden items. Today he is off to gather up some free insulation. Do you pull over and gather up the free stuff or pass it by?
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• United States
3 Jul 07
Found on the road side - I painted and re did the fabric and lined it with vinyl
I got a dresser and a desk from the road side. I got a rocking chair I painted it all new again. Till it broke on sad day. I got matching chairs shown here. I painted them and fabric ed them with a spare pillow case to match my comforter.
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@rsmith512 (1561)
• United States
3 Jul 07
Wow, I would have never thought that you could have gotten that chair from someone and fixed it up! You did such a good job! :D
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• United States
3 Jul 07
It is set outside now for someone to take them. I enjoyed painting and redoing it. Those are my special times alone. Thanks
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• United States
4 Jul 07
You did a great job at refurbishing the chair. It could be something that you could do on the side for extra money or even more if you get a steady stream of customers.
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@brendalee (6083)
• United States
2 Jul 07
We will slow down and look at anything that is placed beside the road. Yes, we have brought home some stuff. In my area we have what we call a spring and fall cleanup. Thats when everyone throws out their "junk". I call it treasure hunting night. One man's trash is another man's treasure.lol.
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• United States
2 Jul 07
Dang it, they just came back empty handed. No insulation. He should have picked it up when he first saw it.
• United States
3 Jul 07
he will learn to pick it up as soon as he sees it. a good find doesn't last very long. lol
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• United States
3 Jul 07
i absolutely will bring home anything that is considered useless to someone else and "useful" to me. now, by useful i mean that someday i might bea able to use it, do something with it, fix it, etc. my wife has begun to cringe when i bring something else home. until i prove its worth, and i have gotten some great finds, it just another piece of junk to her. i'll never ubderstand women. lol. nice topic.
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• Canada
3 Jul 07
Now , Now in our house I am the one who picks up the junk and brings it home. I used to shop off the curbside in Montreal .One such item is a night table which I still have. It would embarrass my husband to do such a thing .
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
3 Jul 07
Hi Elusive. I see nothing wrong in taking free items that are offered to you-as long as they are things you truly need. I draw the line at accumulating things that you have no use or need for. Why not leave them for someone who truly could use them? I used to be a member of freecycle.com where things were given away. It did not work out well for me because even though I got rid of some items that I no longer wanted, I could not acquire anything since I did not have transportation.
• United States
3 Jul 07
Freecycle seems to be a hit and miss with me. There are more people looking for stuff than there are people looking to rid themselves of unwanted items.
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@sunshinecup (7881)
3 Jul 07
LOL, Honey I see free, there is no pulling over, I am trying to climb out the window while the car is still moving!!!! Lord yes, I am a nut for the word free. The last I seen free, it this wonderful armoire that I was able to set my TV and DVDs in and close when not in use. It is wonderful. I would never pass a free sign, unless it's for more kids or another husband, then forget it, I'll break the sound barrier going by so fast :oP
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@diannebcrs (1549)
• Philippines
3 Jul 07
yup i go for freebies too. like in the mall, they give out free samplers and i'd fall in line to try them out. i actually had a research on subliminal stimulation and the words "free" and "sale" have become marketing strategies too because they have this really big effect on a person on a subliminal level. it's like an automatic reaction for a person to switch his/her attention to that which is free or that which is on sale. so i don't blame your husband for making all those stops. my research actually says that it's the natural thing to do.
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@lingli_78 (12844)
• Australia
3 Jul 07
so far, i and my hubby have never really stop to pick up anything... we never really found anything good or our car is not big enough to take it... :-) may be we will be more lucky in the future... :-)
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@FlaKNMB (831)
• United States
3 Jul 07
When I was married, my husband brought home everything he saw by the side of the road - stray animals, furniture, bags of clothing, a packing blanket, dirty baseball caps, anything! Some of his finds were fabulous, but a lot of it should have stayed by the side of the road.
@Polly1 (12648)
• United States
3 Jul 07
Thats funny. If my hubby saw a sign that said free stuff, he was stopping. He would bring "treasures" home, I had to find a place for them, hehe. They usually went in the side room. Every now and then I would sneak a few thing in the garbadge, he never knew, hehe.
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@maddysmommy (16235)
• United States
2 Jul 07
For Free? sure, I would check it out to see if there was anything I could use. You just never know what you can find when people through their junk away. My neigbor is a "free" freak too and has me walking with her from time to time to check out the neighborhood LOL embarrasing but fun at the same time LOL
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
2 Jul 07
I have yet to see any signs here saying Free but wish that there would be some free signs. I would probably check things out as usually there is a catch to something that is offered for free. That is very neat that your husband got all of those things for free. Wish people would give away things here for free but have yet to see it.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
3 Jul 07
It depends on the traffic. I do often stop when I see it and do it more so with my girlfriend in the van with me. Also depends on how quickly I need to get to where I am going. I had a beautiful oriental rug that someone wanted to be rid of. Was stored in the house that burned. I had plans for that despite the worn spot it had. Time to start all over!!
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• United States
3 Jul 07
No better time than the present Willowlady. It amazes me what people toss out.
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
3 Jul 07
I agree. When things are good people are so wasteful at times. A boon for people like me that have to start all over and picking up these items keep them from the landfills. Thanks much for responding to me. Have a great evening.
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@kareng (7980)
• United States
3 Jul 07
I'm always curious and do slow down to see what is there. My husband is the one that doesn't like this, he gets very annoyed whenever I'm with him and tell him to slow down, I want to see what is there. Oh well. It's usually not anything good like your hubby found. Sounds like he got some useful items!
• United States
4 Jul 07
There was a time when I was the one to ask him to slow down and he would speed right on by. When he found that old rocking chair he slammed on the brakes for a closer look. It is a great old chair.
@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
3 Jul 07
If it's something that we can actually use and it's in good condition, we'll stop and pick it up. There have been some things that we didn't need, but were tempted to pick up before the voice of reason kicked in. Hehe. I mean, if we don't have use for it there's no sense in bringing it home to collect dust right?
• United States
4 Jul 07
My husband seldom brings home anything that will not serve a purpose. I once had the habit of collecting and no longer do it. Although, it sometimes is hard to pass by something that you have always wanted and have no place to put it.
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
4 Jul 07
I have done this when I see things that I needed. I have gotten furniture for my house when I needed it. I have seen a few other items. I couldn't pick them up at the time and they were gone on the way back through. I think that this is a great way for people to get rid of unwanted items, while others can get items that they need.
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• United States
3 Jul 07
I have never seen free stuff at the side of the road. Maybe they have people just waiting to grab it up and it's gone before I get there. I do see people going around on garbage collection days to pick up some stuff.
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• United States
3 Jul 07
I do... I'm hella poor. Plus I was just raised that way! When I was a little kid, my dad got my bicycle, my scooter, and a lot of my other toys out of people's garbages!!!
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@lightningMD (5932)
• United States
3 Jul 07
I have picked up a few things that were free along the road. I have met people who drive around town the night before garbage pick up to look through peoples trash. They have found some good stuff that way. Sounds like your husband has a nose for the bargains.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
3 Jul 07
Lol no I am not but then again you do not get that here very often actually I have never seen anything that says Free and they give free stuff away
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@venshida (4837)
• United States
3 Jul 07
No, I don't. I am to skeptical to believe I am going to get something free without any strings attached.
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