Winnipeggers get set for giveaway weekend

Winnipeg's first giveaway weekend of the year runs Saturday and Sunday so dig through your closets and purge the basement.
A table-top hockey game was up for grabs in one Winnipeg front yard at the first giveaway weekend in 2009. (CBC)

What to give

  • Books, CDs and DVDs
  • Furniture and small appliances
  • Sports equipment and toys
  • Tools
  • Yard and gardening equipment (e.g., lawn mowers, snow throwers, rakes, shovels)
  • Kitchen gadgets, dishes, cutlery, pots and pans
  • Unwanted gifts
  • Construction material including drywall and hardware (e.g., nails, bolts and screws)
  • Electronics
  • Clothing
  • Paint

Winnipeg's first giveaway weekend of the year runs Saturday and Sunday so dig through your closets and purge the basement.

It's a chance to pass on household items you no longer need but are still in good condition by putting them out at the curb for others to take.

Just make sure the items are marked as "free."

The twice-year event, first launched in 2009, has become such a success, that people hit the streets looking for items as soon as the sun comes up.

In past years, early birds scooped up things such as air conditioners, gas-powered scooters, furniture, exercise equipment, toys, bicycles, and appliances.

Darryl Drohomerski, the city's manager of solid waste services, said it's a good way for people to do some spring cleaning and for others to give a new life to unwanted goods.

And it helps redirect those items that might otherwise end up in the landfill, he said.

"For most people, it's just getting stuff out of the basement. So and they don't want to sell it, they don't want to have that garage sale," he said.

"It's a win-win."

The Consumer Product Safety Bureau lists all items that aren't safe to give away, such as cribs, baby seats, old-style metal tip lawn darts, items infested with bed bugs (mattresses, furniture, bedding), and toilets with flush volumes of 13 litres or more.

Leftover items must be removed from the curb by dusk on Sunday.

Residents are encouraged to donate to local charities any items that weren't taken during the weekend.

Giveaway etiquette
  • Take only the items at the curb marked FREE.
  • Respect other people's property – don't walk or drive on people's lawns or gardens.
  • Giveaway items should still be in good condition.
  • Don't discard any items on another person's lawn.
  • Obey the traffic laws at all times (e.g., don't block traffic, park illegally or block people's driveways with your vehicle) and watch out for children.