The items: Chairs.
The backstory: These were given to us by a friend who was moving and couldn't take them with her. I loved them, but the rust I found charming was taking over to a point that made them less than appealing to sit in. So I tried to strip the paint and clean up the rust, with the intention of repainting them. But after 2 tedious (and unsuccessful) rounds of paint stripper and scraping, I threw in the towel.
Method of expulsion: Set on the side of the road -- a truck picked them up within an hour.
Monetary impact: $0
YTD monetary impact: $469.13