Almost every message had multiple responses, so a spreadsheet was required to keep track of who wanted what and when could pick up that item. Usually, everything went to the first person to write the email, but sometimes it went to the people who we thought needed it the most – like a Brooklyn couple who spent the last year squatting with two young children in their new home. no shelves, toilets, storage and electricity. (We took cabinets, a bookcase and a chest of drawers.)
Many of the things we donated have been replaced with newer versions. Like the kitchen, the Bronx family took away old cabinets – with arched doors with protruding panels and white plastic plywood that we weren’t thrilled with – in the spring so our contractor could start demolishing. A few months later, when our new ones arrived, they brought suitable equipment. The old equipment worked well, just not with the cabinets we chose to renovate.
Even the most random items – the bathroom vanity bottom and the 30-pound box of stone tile samples we reviewed for our kitchen floor tiles and collected from the stone showroom – found buyers. People came by cars, with carts and on foot.
Peter Yao, a medical student, showed up with a luggage trolley from the hotel. He collected matching bookshelves from an old bedroom that our sons shared in his apartment in Hell’s Kitchen – 3.8 km and a subway from our apartment. To take them home, he borrowed a luggage trolley from his old apartment building in Lenox Hill, rolled it six blocks towards us, loaded the bookcases onto a trolley, stapled them together so they stay in place, and rolled them five more. blocks to the house. a friend’s apartment, where Mr. Yao’s mother brought them in her van a few days later. Mr. Yao said that he would probably give up his efforts if the cabinets were worth anything.
“If they weren’t free, I would definitely have doubts,” he said.
One of the great things about our new apartment is the quantity and quality of built-in modules in many rooms. It turned out that we didn’t need a 16-by-8-foot cabinet-desk-bookshelf combination, so we posted it on Craigslist. Lee Glennie, a nursing student, has dreamed of some place to store the books and papers cluttering his Harlem apartment for ten years. He searched Craigslist, but said most of the offers were corrupted or worse.
“From the photographs I could tell that it was of high quality. It was pretty clear it wasn’t from Ikea, ”said Mr. Glennie. “My wife was totally against everything that came from Ikea.”
Considering these cabinets were solid maple wood, beautifully painted and well crafted – and considering that Mr. corresponded to his home. office / playroom for cats. So last summer my sons loaded it up with U-Haul with large pieces of cabinets that Mr. Glenny collected and repainted.