If you have not checked it out already, Freecycle is well worth exploration. It is similar to Craigslist but everything you post must be free. The idea is keeping things out of a landfill by giving them away to people in need. Freecycle, as the name implies, is free and it is against policy to charge for anything or any part of the transaction.
I was in need of a printer and some kind soul have me a beautiful, fully working inkjet. I’m going to have to get new cartridges eventually but that’s okay. It scans and prints and that’s all I really need to be able to do. I am very grateful.
If you decide to give Freecycle a go, check for a group nearby you and join it. When responding to a posting, I have found it helpful to put your phone number in the response. That’s your best bet. Your worst bet is asking if something is available. People generally ignore, “Is the item still available?” with no contact information. Also, make certain that this is something that you need, not just want. Don’t be a collector when there are other people that might have an actual need. Also, don’t waste the time of the person who’s offering.
When offering an item that was not explicitly asked for, please try to give it to the person whom really needs it most. The idea behind Freecycle is about kindness and giving. There’s no charge to post an item and no charge to respond. There’s no charge period. It’s about getting kind and green.