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Cheap + Chic for College: Decorating With Freebies

January 23rd, 2009 admin

Ah, the internet: your ticket to fabulous furniture freebies. You can find all kinds of great stuff in your area, from used pianos to desks, couches, lamps, and more. Keep a sharp eye out, and you could probably furnish your entire place for free (but you might want to plan on making some renovations to the freebies you find). A little DIY sure beats paying the price tag for customized furniture (like the cubbie cabinet above, from A Colorful Place).

Treasure Hunting

I hear these sites are a great place to search for the freebies of your dreams:

  • Craigslist.org (Choose your area + click “free” under the for sale category. Keep in mind you can often find super cheap furniture in their other categories if you’re willing to spend a few bucks.)
  • The Freecycle Network

AND, if you live in an apartment complex, don’t forget to scour each floor at the end of the month (when people typically move out) for discarded goods! People leave behind good stuff! (Case in point, we left behind a TV cabinet and a huge TV because we couldn’t sell them and didn’t want them in our new place!)

Also, don’t forget to let family & friends know that you are available to take their hand-me-downs.

Trash into Treasure

Once you’ve got your freebies, all you have to do is schedule in some weekend DIY time. For lots of furniture, a simple paint job or even just updating the hardware (like drawer pulls, for example) can completely change the look of a piece.

Ready to roll up your sleeves? Check out these awesome tutorials if you need a little help…

Oh! And remember, even if you find a practically-mint piece, remember to spend some time on a basic cleaning job just to be safe–and to make your mom feel better about you picking up used furniture. ­čśë

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  • 1. Surviving College Life ┬╗&hellip  |  January 23rd, 2009 at 6:32 pm

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  • 2. Tuinmeubelen  |  March 28th, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    That is so great ways to take use of the things which are not helpful or useful to anymore..very much correct as converting dust into treasure..

    Great and thanks to you..

  • 3. Lorna  |  April 26th, 2011 at 9:05 am

    This is an excellent article, my daughter is moving in with her long term boyfriend, I will be sure to send them a link to this article. They are always looking for free pieces of furniture where ever they can find it!
    Thanks for the helpful hints!

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