This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure for more information.
We’re moving from a 1/1 to a 3/2 next week and while I’d love to furnish it, I know the bank watches our finances right up until closing. Aside from not wanting to upset the money powers that be, we literally don’t have any money to spare. #ClosingCosts. That means being patient and finding free furniture in the mean time.
I could drive around dumpster diving and hitting up yard sales but I haven’t even started packing my bedroom yet so I really don’t have the time. Luckily, there’s an app for that!
We’ve used all these and have picked up good quality free furniture and household items from all of them. Let me know if you have more suggestion in the comments below. I’m always on the hunt for free goodies!
While it’s not an app, Craigslist is the most widely used classifieds service in any medium. It’s great for getting good quality free furniture and pretty much anything else! In college, I made some serious mistakes using Craigslist and while I was lucky, a lot of people are not. Here are some necessary precautions to make when getting free stuff on Craigslist:
• Never give out your real contact information. Craiglist lets you communicate via email with a proxy email address meaning you never have to reveal your personal email. Take advantage. The same goes for financial information.
• Always meet in a public place. Police stations will let you make Craiglist transactions right in front of their doors and Starbuck is a popular meet up spot. If it’s something bulky like a couch, always bring someone along. And since not everyone on craigslist respects women, you should probably have at least one guy with you.
This App breaks all rules, and I love it. It’s a private social network for your neighborhood, almost like a forum. People mainly use Nextdoor to report break-ins, find a babysitter, hire handymen, or have people keep an eye out for their lost dog. In an age where asking your neighbor for a cup of sugar is unheard of, Nextdoor is bringing people together via technology.
People also post about yard sales and when they’re giving away free furniture and other household items. This weekend we got a ton of free moving boxes from a family the posted on Nextdoor.
You can’t hop around neighborhoods, though. According to the website, every neighbor has to verify their address and use their real name. Just like in person (or in police records.) And beyond that, you can choose which information you share. It’s a neat app and I’ve liked it so far.
OfferUp is my favorite app for finding furniture. That catch is that you can’t filter by price but you can search “free” and all their free items should come up. The premise is to find something you like and “make an offer” based on the asking price. All prices are negotiable on OfferUp.
A pro tip on getting the most out of OfferUp is when you find something you like, look at other items from the same seller and if you see something else you like you may be able to negotiate a package price or even get the lower priced item for free!
Do you use any apps to get free stuff? Let me know in the comments because I still need a TV stand!