I moved into my apartment just about a year ago. I've got a month to month lease and am hoping to be moving again soon.
When I moved in I discovered that the larger part of my sectional sofa wouldn't fit through the front door of my apartment.
While my friend and I were discussing what to do with it (my only two options were get a storage unit, which after an expensive move wasn't really an option, or find someplace to get rid of it) my realtor/apartment manager overheard us and asked if I was getting rid of the sofa. I said I might be because it wouldn't fit in the apartment. She asked me what I was asking for it and I jokingly replied that it would be free to a good home. She said she'd love to have it for her office because she occasionally spends the night there. I really didn't want to throw it out, so I agreed that she could have it.
Now obviously once a gift is given it's rude to ask for it back. And yes, if I had gotten rid of it through Craigslist or something I'd have no way of getting it back.
But, would it be rude to ask if I could buy her a replacement sofa? (I'd have it delivered too)
We've got a couple of really nice thrift shops nearby and I'm sure I'd be able to find something comparable.