If you search for "free stuff in East Texas," be prepared for what comes back. There are a lot of people giving away things like puppies, recliners, and 2x4's, and if you know where to look you can score stacks of free loot.  Hog bait anyone?

Craigslist is full of posts from East Texans who have apparently been cleaning out the garage, or working on projects that left them with a surplus, and they're just looking to find all of it a good home.  If you don't mind picking these things up, they're yours.

Some of the things we found for free on Craigslist might not do you one bit of good -- like hog bait.  You might not have the need to attract hogs.  But if you do, the bait is free, and it's in Jacksonville.

These items are also free on Craigslist from our friends and neighbors around East Texas.

TYLER

  • Recliner
  • 2x4's and 1x4's
  • Real leather couch
  • Gem Mine Sand
  • Brush for a bonfire
  • Metal Bed frame

JACKSONVILLE

  • Garage sale leftovers
  • 12x18 shed after Memorial Day
  • A door
  • Hog bait (used cooking oil)

KILGORE

  • Hoses, hoses, and more hoses
  • Tires

MARSHALL

  • Console TVs

GLADEWATER

  • Gas stove and riding lawnmower

LINDALE

  • Egg cartons
  • Puppies
  • Entertainment Center
  • Scrap metal, non-working dishwasher, and a toilet

LONGVIEW

  • Firewood

MINEOLA

  • Concrete chunks
  • PVC Pipe

LAKE PALESTINE

  • Van seats

NACOGDOCHES

  • Moving boxes

LUFKIN

  • A dog (Husky)

Used egg cartons and PVC pipes sound like a Pre-K art show waiting to happen.  And if you're too late on the "real leather couch," there might be time to score the van seats (without the van) and use those as a temporary fix in the living room.

Oh, East Texas!  After seeing this list, you are even more awesome than we thought you were.