How to Advertise Free Stuff


Advertising free stuff is easy to do, especially in this economy. Everyone is always looking for a deal, so if you have items that you'd just as soon give away, chances are there are people who'll take it. Furniture, concert tickets, home appliances, clothing, books and more can be advertised through free methods. You can do it in print, online or in signs in your neighborhood.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Phone
  • Paper
  • Markers
  • Tape

Via Craigslist

Visit to connect with people in surrounding neighborhoods and advertise your goods to them. Create a item listing by clicking on "Posting Classified" on the left-hand side. The site will prompt you though getting your item posted under the "For Sale" option.

Describe what type of item it is. Be detailed and add photos to help the reader know exactly what they're getting.

For the price, type in $0. You can also list that it's free in the title and the body copy of the advertisement.

Local Publications

Advertise your free goods in your local newspaper's classified ad section or other local publications like the Pennysaver. You can decide to place your ad either via the newspaper's website or by calling into the paper itself.

Look up the publication's number in the Yellow Pages. You may also call information and asking for the classified section of the specific publication. Once you have their contact information, place the call.

Give a clear description of your goods and, if possible, include a photo. Be sure to include a number at which people can contact you to get the goods.

Via Signs

Make signs on your computer or create handmade signs using paper and markers to advertise your free goods.

List all the pertinent information. Provide an item description, photos and details on how to contact you for the goods.

Hang your signs in places where they'll get a lot of walk-by traffic. Potential locations include community billboards in coffee shops, libraries, light posts and local community centers.

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