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How do you get rid of your unwanted items?


Val-the-nomad
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Living in a transient foreign community here in South Korea means that twice a year lots of people leave. January/February is one of those times, and various Facebook buy and sell groups are suddenly bursting with ads from panicky departees looking to make a little cash before they move on.

 

Sometimes you can find a real gem to buy at a discounted price, though you have to be fast to grab the most popular items such as air-cons or comfortable armchairs. To find something interesting you also need to trail through pages of discolored plastic storage boxes, half used bottles of shampoo and other ridiculous things which seem to belong in the trash.

 

There aren't the recycling/Freecycling/Goodwill options here that exist in many other countries, so for now it seems that Facebook rules. 

 

How do you deal with things you no longer want or need?

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That's interesting that South Korea doesn't have a recycling or Goodwill type of place where you can bring your gently used articles.  If things aren't sold do they throw them in the trash?

 

We live in the country so we can just put stuff at the end of the driveway with a sign that says "free" on it and it will disappear within a few hours.  Every once in a while we have a yard sale where I practically give things away.

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Kad, yes, things are generally thrown away. Scouring the special 'large item' trash areas of apartment complexes is a common early morning hobby for many foreigners, (and some Koreans.)

 

I have seen some lovely items retrieved and given new homes this way.

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