Brian Bagnall Gives Away Belongings to Counteract Black Friday “Craziness”

Man Gives Away Belongings to Counteract Black Friday "Craziness"
People sift through Brian Bagnall’s home as he offered up his belongings for free to held spread happiness and the holiday spirit.

In just a few hours on Saturday, a west suburban man gave away almost everything he owned.

Brian Bagnall, 32, of Franklin Park, who authored a book on happiness, gave away everything in his home aside from a few personal items as he prepared for a move to a furnished home in Virginia.

Instead of selling his belongings, Bagnall reportedly posted on Craigslist that he was giving away his things for free.

“After seeing the many videos of people acting crazy on Black Friday, we wanted to encourage some human kindness,” the Craigslist ad read. “We thought about selling it, but that just wouldn’t be in the holiday spirit.”

But the sale didn’t come without a few rules.

Bagnall asked that no one push, shove, run, yell or do any other mean acts during the giveaway.

“This isn’t Walmart,” the ad said.

Roughly 200 people showed up Saturday morning to clean out his three-bedroom home in the 3200 block of Dora Street, and within a few hours, the place was empty.

“People were waiting all over the lawn and cars were lining up and down the street,” Bagnall said. “There were 40 or 50 people on the front lawn when it first opened.”

Bagnall said the sale was part of his and his girlfriend’s plan to live the life he preaches.

He said the two try to do little things each day to spread happiness, like buying a coffee for the person in line behind them when they go out.

Bagnall gave away everything from couches and love seats to tools and ladders. He said people were even taking shelves off the walls.

“There were a lot of smiles today,” he said. “People need happiness more than ever right now and Black Friday shows it.”



  1. I love your blog, I am grateful for it. Other than doing the random act of kindness, if you need help with anything I am happy to offer some help. You are an inspiration and you brighten my day. Best wishes. Laurie from


  2. I love this idea of doing something to counteract Black Friday. How dare they interrupt our beautiful Thanksgiving with ugliness! Brian B. is right: we need to do something to show the world how to ACT! Amazing how many people I think of as very nice people who boast about getting all, all, all their Christ-mas shopping done on Black Friday.
    You people are crazy. Brian Bagnall is what sane looks like!


  3. Reblogged this on hülya and commented:
    This post speaks directly of my ongoing deliberations on the subject matter: what if, we were to give away (more) instead of buying items we may already have several sets of and most likely forget somewhere in our closets never to see them for years…(I am remembering some in my extended family who unfortunately suffer from this oversight…And I, probably am, as “guilty”). Thank you, Kindness Blog, for this awareness-raising post!


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