How to Find Free Stuff on Craigslist

person searching on Craigslist

The Spruce / Letícia Almeida

Craigslist is a great place to buy and sell stuff but did you know that you can also find a ton of free stuff on Craigslist? Here's how you can find the best stuff on Craigslist and get it all for free.

To get started finding Craigslist free stuff, visit Craigslist and click on the city, state or country closest to where you live.

  • 01 of 05

    Choose Your Craigslist Location

    Craigslist California city list


    Click on the Craigslist city that's closest to where you live so you can find the free stuff closest to you.

  • 02 of 05

    Find the Free Stuff Section

    Craigslist for sale categories- free


    You'll now be taken to all the Craigslist classified ads for your chosen city.

    To find the listings for free stuff on Craigslist, you'll need to click on "Free" under the "For Sale" category.

  • 03 of 05

    Narrow Down the Listings

    List of free items for sale on Craigslist


    To find just the Craigslist free stuff you're looking for, use the search tools at the top of the page. Type in a keyword and choose any other options that will help you with your search. Click "Search" to display the results.

    You don't have to use the Craigslist search tools, you can just browse through the listings.

  • 04 of 05

    Browse Through the Results

    Craigslist list free stuff


    Browse through the listings of free stuff on Craigslist until you see one that sounds like it might be something you like.

    Click on the title to view more information about the listing.

    Continue to 5 of 5 below.
  • 05 of 05

    Select Your Free Stuff

    Screenshot of a Craigslist listing


    Read over the description of the free stuff. There may be pictures of the free stuff as well.

    If you'd like to get the Craigslist stuff for free, you'll need to contact the person who is giving it away. They may want you to call or email so follow whatever directions they want you to do.

    If the description doesn't state how to contact the person giving away the free stuff, click on the email address near the top of the page to email them.