Before you bring anything bigger than a bankers box into your house, please do your future self a huge favor and think about where it’ll go, and what you’ll do with it when you’re done with it. There’s a reason all those perfectly good pianos are out there for free and you can pick up a billiard table just for the asking from desperate neighbors and friends who are saddled with these heavy items.
How much do you play the upright piano that was such a great find? “They were having a yard sale and they gave it to us for $20!! A piano like that would cost thousands!” Don’t let yourself think about how often you’ve paid hundreds of dollars to have it moved and tuned, how uninterested your kids turned out to be in playing the piano, how it rests now in the center of your living room as a large dust-catching monument to your impulse to get a piano for a song. You’ll find yourself badgering churches and schools to come get it, not realizing they’re trying to get rid of pianos themselves. You’ll turn to begging parents of newborns to come get your piano “for free!” and offering it to complete strangers if they’ll only come get the damn thing.
What will happen to the tempting full size billiard table when you move into a space without a basement? Or you get it home and realize it doesn’t quite fit into your existing space? The table fits okay but when people attempt to pull back for that perfect shot, they bash the concrete wall with an ear-splitting scream.
Things don’t have to be big or heavy to be difficult to dispose of but they often are. How much furniture do you have in the basement, patiently waiting to be used by a needy grandchild off to college, a grandchild who has yet to be born? You’d love to use the space but Goodwill doesn’t come and dig things out of basements and somehow over the years all that furniture got covered in boxes.
So when you see a large bulky item going for a song, take a moment. Where will it go? How have you lived without it thus far? How easy will it be to get it out of your house if things don’t work out? And keep driving. The sign says “free” but you know better.
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