Sometimes it is a relief to find a new home for something you no longer need. I recently had this experience with a well loved armchair I no longer needed when we bought a pair of recliners. I wanted to give the chair away quickly as there was no room for it inside the house. I was concerned spiders would take up residence in it if I kept it on the back verandah for any length of time.
I advertised the chair for free on Gumtree but didn't get any queries about it. After a week I put an advert up on a local notice board at the shopping centre, but again no one contacted me about it.
The chair was actually rather nice on the back verandah. It was a comfortable place to sit with a coffee and watch the birds in the garden. I did give the chair a quick check each time before sitting on it, just in case. With the warmer weather we have been having lately, I have been seeing more eight legged critters around outside.
I was beginning to wonder if anyone was going to want the chair. Sometimes things I have put on Gumtree have gone the first day.
As the armchair was still in fair condition, it would have been a pity to dump it and not easy to do anyway. There is no hard waste collection where I live. (Hint council, we need a hard waste collection service.)
I was very pleased to see a text on my mobile asking if the chair was still available. Someone had responded to my Gumtree advert. After a couple of texts, pick up was arranged. I felt pleasure when I saw the chair being loaded up and off to a new home.
These days quite a lot of items that are still in fair condition end up being dumped. I feel this is a shame as it is a form of waste. However, people sometimes can't find anyone who wants what they are trying to give away. Friends and family may not need or have enough space for furniture that is being given away. Charities reject some furniture as being unsuitable for sale in their op shops. If someone is moving house and can't take everything with them they may not have much time to advertise give aways.
It was a relief to find someone who could make use of what I no longer needed. When I picture someone else enjoying using the armchair I feel pleasure.