Framed art from books, local artists, or childhood. Couch FREE from Craigslist this weekend!
With highly rare exceptions every single thing furnishing this apartment was thrifted, scoured from Craigslist, bought from local artists or free! Over a lifetime of being a cheapass I've learned ways to furnish any pad on low or no budget. I hope this inspires anyone trying to make their pad rad, $0.00 can get you one swanky casa.
1. Ask Before You Buy: You'd be surprised what friends and family are trying to get rid of. Don't feel intrusive, a lot of times you're helping them clear out their garage or attics.
2. Craigslist Free Section: When I needed more guest seating I found a free solution on Craigslist that'll work until I find my dream couch. Ha, and I actually considered spending $200 or more for the crappy retail solution! For shame!
I'd been wanting invisible shelves for months and found three of them for FREE at a yard sale!
3. Curbsides and Dumpsters: For the shameless, dumpsters can curbsides yield excellent scores. Drive around nice/historic neighborhoods and apartment complexes and college dorms where people move in and out often.
4. Get Creative, Make & Display: For impact, display your collections instead of keeping them in boxes. Make custom art and furniture pieces. When I have gaps in the walls that need filling I paint or craft a beautiful piece for impact. (See quick robot art or framing magazine pages)
5. Krrb, Freecycle, Etc: There are plenty of websites like Freecycle where you can get housewares, bikes, and more for cheap or free! What are websites you use to score the free goodness? Do share in the comments!
I hope this inspires you to get creative with decor and save your pennies for better things. There's too much second-hand abundance to consider the retail options and with patience and creativity you can yield a space better than you'd imagined. In fact, I prefer how a second-hand furnished home forces you to think outside the box and will always look completely unique!
Where do you scour the web for free goodies? Any tips to share on furnishing for free or cheap? Also, how do you feel about using church charities and related efforts to furnish a home? I think we should leave those for those truly in dire need.