This is not a weird or outrageous request, but it is Freecycle.
Several months ago I saw on CL an ad for a lovely wing chair and ottoman for only $30! The photograph made it appear to be pearl gray. Lovely, but it wouldn't fit with my colors. Nevertheless I called and it turns out to be a pale green. I went over and fell in love. The chair and ottoman are gorgeous.
The house was mostly empty as they were selling it. I also fell in love with the dining room-living room carpeting, a stunning seafoam green. Though it was relatively new and in perfect condition, the realtor was making them replace it with plain beige. I asked what would happen to it, and if it was just going to be dumped could I have it. Yes, it was and yes, I could.
The carpet people brought it to me where the two oversized rolls have sat in my bedroom. I contacted a local company about making the rugs I wanted but at this point I can't do it because of the cost. So I contacted several people on CL who take stuff to the dump. It was going to cost me about $100 to get rid of it.
Then I had the idea of putting it on Freecycle, thinking it was hopeless--who would want untrimmed, raw carpet and who loves the color as much as I do?--but I was stunned to get seven or eight emails from people desperate for it. Today it will be going. I am rather sad to lose it since I would have loved having it as rugs, but the woman who is taking it is thrilled. She has a couple of places in her home with damaged floors she can't afford to replace yet so she will be having two large rugs made from it.
Another happy Freecycle story.