Free furniture & appliances

I know that not everyone earns the same amount as me.  And I’m sure some of my money decisions (like $300 shoes and business class airfares (once)) shock people.  But then I can be frugal and cheap like the rest of them.  Here’s what I have in my house that was free.

Free from freecycle!

This ottoman was free from freecycle!

Freecycle blender (ie free!)

Freecycle blender (ie free!)

Stick mixer and attachments (asked for one on freecycle, and a friend responded!)

Stick mixer and attachments (asked for one on freecycle, and a friend responded!)

Fairy light (a rubbish room find)

Fairy light (a rubbish room find)

Wooden bedside table

I passed this onto my local thrift shop, but I found it on the kerb

DVD and VCR player - thanks to freecycle

DVD and VCR player – thanks to freecycle

Not this actual hairdryer, but the one at my bf's, was a kerbside find

Not this actual hairdryer, but the one at my bf’s, was a kerbside find

Dumpster find!  Yes, that's two Eiffel towers in my house.  This is at my entrance

Dumpster find! Yes, that’s two Eiffel towers in my house. This is at my entrance

Kerbside find!

Kerbside find!

That’s not even counting all the stuff you absorb from your parents house! I’m mighty impressed that such nice things can exist and be given for free!

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26 Responses

  • Sarah, that's a lot to find free! I so would have grabbed that end table too. Just because you might earn more than someone else there's no reason you can't fill your home with free finds, that just makes splurging now and then something you can do.

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  • What great finds you've made! And I'm sure you've contributed back lots of stuff, too.

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  • I am very guilty of taking a lot of my parents stuff – but I was lucky in that they were moving and didn't really want to take their old furniture with them. I can't believe that Eiffel Tower painting was in the dumpster! Great find. I'd like more things to hang on my walls but they can be pretty expensive. The thrift store had some cute paintings, but at the time we weren't sure if we could hang things on the walls because of the holes it would leave.

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  • That is a lot of stuff to get for free – and the stick mixer looks great for a freebie. I can't wait until I'm living somewhere bigger and can use freecycle again :)

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  • I think it's good to rescue things that would otherwise have been thrown away – regardless of how much money you make.

    My best free gift was when we bought a used propane grill and as we were taking it away, the guy asked if we wanted his couch and easy chair for free. They're still in our living room today :)

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  • laura / move to port August 17, 2013 at 7:15 am

    I love free stuff! I've also loved passing on my furniture to my kids, so it's swings and roundabouts.

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  • I think it is EXACTLY because you know how to be frugal and find such great free stuff that you can afford $300 shoes and business class airplane tickets. To me living simply, or being a minimalist, is making the most of what you do have, choosing what is important to you, and enjoying your life in a way that uniquely suits your life. If simple living or minimalism becomes just another box we are supposed to fit into (like you can only have x number of items in your house) then it becomes another cultural trap of conformity. Good for you for Sarahn for making it up your way and sharing it with all of us. ~Kathy

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  • Good finds! I think it is great that you are open to "finding" things from Council Cleanups. I have rescued some useful stuff too. Do you know that all the stuff collected by Council goes straight to landfill? So if anyone takes it before the Council, they have saved landfill and saved money.

    And go the $300 shoes if you can afford them! Being frugal for me is about saving money and spending mindfully. If you don't fritter away without thinking or being aware, you get to spend on things that are important or give you joy. Not being wasteful by buying cheap, disposable, crap is also frugal, and good for the environment. (And I am hoping I buy stuff that isn't produced by exploiting humans as well as the environment.)

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  • I just picked up a load of jam jars that someone was offering on freecycle. She actually lives around the corner from me but on quite a posh street so I was dying to see if I'd get a peek inside her apartment. I did and then she invited me in to chat for a few minutes as had asked me what I would do with all the jars and it went on from there. She has only just recently discovered freecycle, after having read a book about someone living without money for a year (I think it was the Mark Boyle one) and becoming really interested in the idea of re-using, re-purposing, etc. I think I particularly love it when someone who was very obviously well-to-do, with a house full of designer furniture etc., seems to have really started to think about the consumer society and its impact.

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  • That's fantastic – especially since you've probably been saved so many of those items from landfill. It's sad when you see perfectly good VCRs or furniture put out on the hard-waste collection each time. [Side note: he "S" hook to hang the hairdryer – I've never seen that, what a great idea for hanging it!]

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  • Free stuff is awesome (and fun to find), and you have some great ones, especially the ottoman! I definitely "inherited" a bunch of my mom's stuff once she moved in with my stepdad – she has great taste, so it boosted the aesthetics of my place. :)

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