Around this time of year (late August – early September), college towns and cities across the country will see a huge shift in their population. College students will be moving in and out of their respective dorms and apartments, and those moving out will typically leave behind a bevvy of used furniture. So, grab your buddy with a pick-up truck. It’s time to cruise the neighborhood for free stuff!
Much of this stuff gets left on the curb on trash day, so a little ride around campus might be all it takes to find some treasures. You’ll likely find some broken pieces of particle board that used to be beerpong tables, and perhaps some sofas that should never see the light of day again. But you’ll also see lots of useful items. Maybe a lightly used TV stand, desk, chair, bookshelves, or some other household item.
Some college students may try to recoup some of their money and sell their used but no longer needed items online. So, if the idea of driving around in a truck browsing for the free stuff doesn’t appeal to you, then you can try browsing craigslist.
If you’re in need of some specific items, you can search for them directly or even post your own ad on craigslist under the WANTED section. Maybe someone will have it and contact you.
Used furniture can be a great way to furnish a home, redecorate on a budget, or find some pieces for repurposing. Most items can just be cleaned up and ready to go, while some may not be worth the trouble. Just use your best judgment for sanitary reasons. I wouldn’t recommend taking used mattresses or pillows, and any upholstered furniture and cushions should be inspected for bugs and thoroughly cleaned before use.
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