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6 Places to Score Free Furniture in Good Condition, No Dumpster Diving Required

| Mar 8, 2018



Free furniture is out there—you just need to know where to find it. For one reason or another, plenty of people are looking to ditch furniture that’s stylish and in good quality. They might be moving, downsizing, or unloading the contents of a deceased relative’s house. Here’s where to look to score free goods, no dumpster diving required.

1. Social media

You’d be surprised by how many of your friends and family have pieces they’re willing to part with. You just need to let them know what you’re looking for, says Ali Wenzke of Chicago, author of the upcoming book “The Art of Happy Moving.”

Expand your quest from just your own contacts by searching and posting on other sites such as Facebook Marketplace, Nextdoor, Craigslist, 5miles, Freecycle, or other local virtual bulletin board or yard sale sites. Search for “free patio furniture,” or post “ISO [in search of] free couch for my son’s college dorm.”

When you’re asking for free furniture, be sure to include the reason why you need it. “People are more likely to give you their furniture if there’s a good story behind it,” says Wenzke. 

For best results, try to hit peak decluttering times: New Year’s, spring, and the start of the school year.

2. College campuses

Move-out day in college towns can yield a treasure trove of castoff futons, headboards, and room decor as students vacate their dorms and apartments in the spring with nowhere to store these items over the summer. And you’ll have another chance to hit up student housing in late summer or early fall when apartment leases switch over.

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