Free Stuff on the Street

Putting free stuff on the street is a common way of getting rid of old junk in the city. I’ve been on both sides of free stuff on the street. I’ve left old futons and bureaus on street corners before. I’ve also scavenged through them before, like last night for instance. I went for a walk with some friends. We weren’t walking anywhere in particular, we were simply hanging out and didn’t feel like being cooped up inside. We were walking residential street and passed by the remnants of a garage sale that the homeowner left outside on the curb. There was an old TV, a bookshelf with an assorted title of books, a couple of large plastic containers, and an ugly lamp. It was basically all the crap that wouldn’t sell, so the solution was to leave it out and let passersby take what they want. And people did. My friend got himself a book about stupid things famous historical figures have done. I was tempted to take the lamp but I wasn’t going to lug it around on our aimless walk, so I let it be. I woke up this morning and left my house to catch the train for work. I passed by what was left of the remnants of the garage sale and there were only two boxes and the ugly lamp left. Then I noticed an elderly couple walking ahead of me carrying the bookshelf. Pretty impressive. They picked the bones clean. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. That’s why free stuff on the street gets such a high rating. How high of a rating? Just keep on reading to find out. You don’t have to read much more. You’re almost there.

Critically Rated at 13/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young


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