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Old Nov 2nd, 06, 8:52 pm  
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I figured the Habitat route wouldn't work for me, since the local store that does this is overloaded with 80's oak. Probably should have asked. Instead, I moved the microwave cab and a drawer baseto the kids' downstairs kitchenette. Everything else I removed and put on Craigslist for free (sink, instant hot, the whole shebang). Response completely shocked me.

My advice, if you give them away, is to not let people cherry pick, or you'll get stuck with wall oven cabinets and corner units that people tend not to want.Everyone wanted the uppers for their laundry rooms or something. Realizing this, I stopped breaking up the set after the first 50 calls or so. My deal with the guy who wanted most things, but not all,was that I would spend a few days offering the remainders to other people, but he had to clear out everything else by a certain date. He lived up to the bargain, and I was able to give some of the oddball cabinets to others, so it worked out well.

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Coincidentally, I asked our contractor about this the other day when we met with him. (I asked if they could do a "careful" demo, so that we could donate the cabinets.)

As you probably, guessed, he laughedright in my face:shock:- not quite mockingly, but almost! Apparently, we are really strong contenders for the worst kitchen contest, and ain't nobody out there who would want our cabinets - even for free :?!

I wonder if, in 30 years or so, DH and I will be the dreaded "previous owners who did #$%* to this otherwise fabulous kitchen" that we all complain about on a regular basis around here! I hope Susan will rise to our defense when that time comes!



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B, around here if you put anything out at the curb on a Friday (yard sale day) with a big "FREE" sign, it will be gone within minutes. Even junk!

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The same holds true here, Eva. Anything we don't want, we put out on Sat or Sun. What doesn't get picked up on the weekend gets picked up by a 'collector' who goes around with his van in the wee hours on Monday morning (our garbage collection day).

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Well, around here,I had aneighbor-friend who put a sign out that said, "FREE." No takers for a week. She changed the sign to "$50," andthe desk and suchwere gone by morning. Interesting psychological experiment, no? :shock:

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I have two sets. The first are metal cabinets circa 1960 in lime green. I put those in FreeCycle and someone picked them up to use them in his garage. The other set (once they come off the walls) will go to Habitat - they say they will come get them if I give them a week's notice.

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Can't imagine why you didn't keep those, they sound lovely.
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Another great way to get rid of usable items you just don't want at your house is FREECYCLE. It is an organization dedicated to keeping stuff out of landfills.

Go to http://freecycle.org/to learn more.

Or, you can subscribe to the FREECYCLE list in your area by going to http://groups.yahoo.com/and typing in "freecycle" and your city's name or county name.

You wouldn't believe the stuff people post - unused shampoo, used greeting cards, boxes of misc. stuff (grab bag style).

I posted a bunch of furniture on there and everyone who came to pick it up were terrific people. Within 24 hours the house was cleaned out.

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The Freecycle people around here are just plain scary. I got to the point where I didn't do it anymore because I didn't want to give my address out to them! So, YMMV .

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we gave away our DW on freecycle and also most of our cabinets. At first I thought of having them help us take them down, but soon threw out that idea. We had them on the back patio and the family came and got them as we were finished with a certain portion.

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