So, you bought a unit, and hidden in the back is a raunchy old mattress.. Or maybe you did an estate cleanout, or otherwise came across an old mattress. Then, you sat stumped and asked “How do you get rid of an old mattress?!”
It happens to all of us, and if you haven’t had it happen to you yet, it will. I try to steer clear of mattresses because they kind of gross me out. But, there are a bunch of buyers that don’t mind dealing with them at all. Every auction there’s a unit with an abundance of dingy mattresses laying around in a unit, but don’t let that stop you from bidding anymore! Here are 5 options for getting rid of mattresses you find in old storage lockers.
1. Sell It
Yes, you read right. There are people that buy used mattresses all over. In fact, back in the day, I was moving out of my house and I had a yard sale. One of the items that was sitting on the side of my house waiting for bulk pick-up was a twin spare bed (mattress and box spring). I had more people ask about that mattress than anything else I had at my yard sale, and eventually ended up pulling it out and selling it. You can actually get pretty good money for them ($50-$100) if they’re not all nasty and pee-stained.. And even if they are, and you have the desire, you could pick up some Pee Pee Gotta Go! and clean it enough to sell.
*note: Check your state laws. Sometimes there’s actually laws against selling used mattresses unless it’s been professionally sterilized (Mass. for instance).
2. Scrap/Recycle It
Wait, what? Yeah, inside all that fabric is a nice hefty steel spring frame.. It can be pretty heavy too. If you don’t want to pay the dump fee on it, take a razor knife and cut around the edge, toss the fabric and stuffing in garbage bags (and maybe find recyclers that will turn it into insulation), and haul the metal parts down to the scrap yard. It’s not going to make you rich, but it’s better than paying a dump fee! Box springs can be stripped and turned into “starter firewood” and either sold or burned for your own pleasure.
3. Give It Away
If it’s kind of nasty and you can’t sell it, use it as bait for your next garage sale. List it for free on craigslist and freecycle.org the day of your garage sale with an ad that says something to the effect of “Free bed, on the curb at [insert address here], first come first serve.” That will bring in a number of visitors to your yard sale that might just end up shopping while they’re there!
4. Bundle Them
Have an old bed set you’re trying to sell? Sell it with a mattress and box spring included! Worst case scenario the buyer doesn’t want the mattress and box spring, but will deal with disposing it themselves to get the bed set they want.
5. Dump It
As a last resort, if you just can’t seem to get rid of that dingy old thing, take it to the dump. It’s going to cost you about $20-$40 depending on your location, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. If you don’t have the ability to take it to the dump, or just plain don’t want to, some local municipalities will come out and pick up “large items” for a nominal fee of $20-$40 as well.
So there you have it, 5 ways to get rid of an old mattress!
Comment Question Of The Day:
What other creative ways have you used to get rid of old mattresses?