It would be nice if you can send me a link I did manage to find a 32” crt tv for free and I’ll pick it up next week.I just had a quick look out of curiosity at Craigslist NC and it took me around 6 seconds to find multiple free Sony Trinitrons.
I don't know what area of NC you're in but I tried 3 different ones on Craigslist and all had free or nearly free CRT TVs.
Forget thrift stores and pawn shops. Nobody can be bothered to drag a 100lb crt TV to a shop for the sake of the $5 they might get for their trouble.
People offer them free on Craigslist because they want somebody to come and dispose of it for them. If they get no response, they literally dump them on the street.