The Best Way To Find Free Furniture
I am not a super hero, just an average suburban mom. BUT! I have managed to hone this super power and bend it to my will. If you check out my Dumpster Diving Series and THIS post on how to find Free Furniture, you can develop this Super Power yourself and always find free furniture.
Four stops was all I had to make on this major haul. That’s it, 4 stops!
On my way home from the gym on a Saturday. I always take the residential roads home. I live in the suburbs, and there is ALWAYS a garage sale or someone moving in the suburbs. Close to home, I spotted a a Giant Construction Dumpster. I need a bumper sticker that says “I brake for Dumpsters”. Of course I had to pull over and climb up the side, peer in to see if there was anything worth rescuing.
There was! In fact, it looked like someone had emptied half their home and put everything in the Dumpster. As I was getting back in my car and trying to solve the problem of how to get that furniture, how to enlist Suffering Husband, the owner of the home pulled out of the driveway and right up next to me. Oh dear, I was braced for a snarky remark, “get out of my trash”, etc…… To my surprise, the man said, “Is there anything in particular you are looking for?” LOL! Yes! All of it please?
I explained why I was there, he kindly let me know I could help myself to whatever I wanted and how long the Dumpster would be there. I came back a couple of days later, opened the front door to the gates of paradise. (The Dumpster full of free furniture) and began my multiple haul.
Here is what I scored:
This little French Nightstand which you can see in above pics. Sadly, I did not take the dresser. The drawers were either gone or were seriously buried deep, deep in the piles of construction mess. Yes, I will go deep into the Dumpster if I know I have a good chance of finding something. You must know your limits. And safety! Sometimes you just have to walk away, painful as it may be 🙂
Cut my losses and kept moving, with this cool bench! Needs a reupholster treatment, but it’s super cool in shape:
I love a good side table, even more fun if the top is missing. For real, I have so much reclaimed wood, you can read about it HERE and how cool will it be to transform this fussy French Side Table to an eclectic Funky Reclaimed Wood Table? (Dog not included in Furniture Makeover)
Again on the way home from the gym…(the main part of my day when I actually get in my and leave my home 😉 Cruise certain “facilities” where some people go for their final move. Furniture often appears here as next of kin don’t always want their relatives Mid Century Modern Furniture or anything that is slightly broken and perhaps dated.
I plan to glue the top back on and add Chalk board and Bulletin board to the empty space next to the mirror, paint and it has a new life as a Hall Tree and Central Communication Center.
AGAIN on the way home from the gym. Read above information on (have no life, need to get out more). Cruising behind Shopping Centers is an awesome way to find Free Stuff. I found this table that must have been given the Heave ho from a local Home Goods store when it got busted for not holding up it’s part of the deal. See, bottom shelf broken, not holding up? haha
And as if that the French Style tables were not delightful enough, I needed to cap it all off with a nice little broken French Provincial Nightstand.
Santa Cruz, Ca with son, enjoying a nice drive along the beach, and THIS was out front of someone’s home, along with a ton of other good stuff that I could not fit in my little Ford Escape. Oh minivan how I sometimes miss you.
Now it’s your turn! HOW do you find all this free furniture?
How to Find Free Furniture Tip #1
My first piece of advice on finding Free Furniture is this: Always be on the lookout. Every time you get in your car, every time you take your Dog for a walk, always have the expectation that you will find some free furniture.
How to Find Free Furniture Tip #2
Cruise your neighborhood on Garage Sale Saturday. Often the free stuff is put out after the Garage Sale Ends.
These chairs were found about a month before my oldest daughter’s HS graduation. We were in desperate need of more patio furniture, behold, the Free Chairs that did not sell at the Garage Sale because they needed more TLC than anyone was willing to pay for. SCORE!
How to Find Free Furniture Tip #3
Be consistent. Make finding Free Furniture part of your weekly routine. If you stay consistent with where you are looking and always remember Tip #1, you will soon be finding Free Furniture with ease and may even come to possess the Super Power of Finding Free Furniture that only a Super Junker could have.
This is a picture of my very first, FIRST Dumpster Diving outing. Can you believe the haul? It was quite inspiring and hooked me into a habit that has become an integral part of my lifestyle, (much to the dismay of my poor family and our always overflowing garage)
How to Find Free Furniture Tip #4
Follow me here on my blog! Catch up with my Dumpster Diving Series and check out my past Trashy Tuesday’s, tutorials and “Le Junque”. I often share more secrets of Finding Free Furniture, the best days to go looking and how to develop your Junk or aka “Finding Free Furniture” network.