I'm starting to feel compelled to pick up some of the more useless stuff and bring it as hostess gifts when I visit friends. Why? No idea. I just think it's funny. See, some of this stuff is junk. I don't know why someone took the time to post an ad in hopes of coordinating an exchange and sometimes even photographing the junk for the listing. I mean, if you've ever sold anything on craigslist, you know there is an especially high flake factor. People set up meetings then don't show, or they show up really late, or they keep rescheduling until you really have no time left to deal with them. It's actually quite a chore to sell something, and when you do that, at least they give you money in exchange. For the free stuff, these people have taken time to do all of this just to get rid of their junk. Sure, some of it is reusable and that's great. Some of it is really good stuff, and that's super great. But a lot of it is unusable and they are more or less hoping someone is suckered in to haul it away free of charge.
For my purposes, I'd mostly like stuff that falls between useless and useful. Things that aren't totally broken, but things that most people wouldn't drive across Seattle to pick up. Yesterday it was a wall mounted toilet roll holder. Sure, it's in working condition, but who sees that and says "hurrah! A 1980s toilet roll holder, it'll match my other toilet roll holders. I must have it!" No one, that's who. But here I am, daydreaming about showing up at someone's house with this very same toilet roll holder in a nice gift bag.
This is probably part of the reason I don't get invited out too often. Sigh.