My thoughts

Free and Cheap Stuff!
September 9, 2007, 8:11 pm
Filed under: Beginner

This time of year, there are many people moving. You can easily get free or almost free things for your home, such as furniture. In some countries, people do not like having used things, but here in the U.S., it is popular. One person’s junk is another person’s treasure.

In my neighborhood, you can find many pieces of furniture sitting outside. People leave sofas, chairs, dressers, etc. when they are moving out, knowing that someone will take them. Over the weekend, I got a free reclining chair and bar stools.

Recently it has become popular to post free things or things that you want to sell on craigslist. When I moved into my apartment, I got almost everything that I needed for my apartment from craigslist. The only problem with craigslist is that you have to take it away yourself, so you need a big car or truck. It is great if you need to get rid of stuff, you just post an ad, and people will come and take everything away.

If you can’t find it on craigslist, you can also go to thrift stores or second hand shops. I went to Goodwill and got dishes, an office chair, a vacuum cleaner, and things to decorate my apartment. I spent $40.00 and got a lot of stuff. many of the things looked almost new, and if I bought them brand new, I would have spent much more money. Also most thrift stores and second hand shops give their profits to a charity. Goodwill has programs that teach adults job skills and basic education (such as English, how to pass the American Citizenship Test, how to get a high school diploma, etc.)

Garage sales are popular too. These are where people sell the stuff they don’t want in their garage, on their driveway, or in their yard. You can check out the newspaper for ads, but most people just drive around in the morning looking for them. For some people, it is a hobby, they do it every weekend. The prices are cheap, and if you are the seller, you can make some money.

Some people also like to buy used clothes, they get them from thrift stores. You can also get used clothing from consignment shops, which have nicer clothing. If you have some clothes that you do not want anymore but are in good condition, you can take them to a consignment shop, and they will give you a percentage (%) of the price that they sell it for.


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