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When we bought our house and moved from a 1/1 to a 3/2 I had a lot to furnish but I knew the bank was watching our finances right up until closing. Aside from not wanting to upset the money powers that be, we didn’t have much to spare. #ClosingCosts. That meant being patient and finding free furniture in the meantime.
I could’ve driven around dumpster diving and hitting up yard sales but I hadn’t even started packing my bedroom yet so who has time for that? 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!
1. Facebook Marketplace
I’m finding Facebook Marketplace to be the best place to find free and cheap furniture. While it’s not a standalone app most people have the Facebook app on their phone and the Marketplace tab is the bottom center button on the menu bar.
You can filter to see only furniture, filter to see the type of furniture, garage sales, etc. You can search for very particular specifications and save your searches then get a notification when something comes up that matches. Of course, you can do all this by price but Facebook makes it easy to sort out free with a “Free” button.
You can save your favorites, get alerts when prices drop and it’s my favorite place to make money selling stuff right now. As Facebook invests more into Marketplace I totally see it making Craigslist obsolete.
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!
I’ve got to include Craigslist because its still 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.
Do you use any apps to get free stuff? Let me know in the comments because I still need a TV stand!