Garage sales

Great, you’ve moved out of home, and now you have your own place. That you share we some people. Maybe. Or not. Either way, you need to fill that space with stuff.  Beds, couches, bookcases, appliances, whatever – you need some stuff.  My number one tip here would be to get it for free!  If you are in an area that does curbside pickup (or hard garbage day, there are many names for this) people will leave perfectly good stuff on the side of the road.  In my experience, almost all electrical equipment found this way still works, but take great care when testing it out.  Don’t do this in a bathtub full of water for example. Other things that aren’t electric, you can take in the tub safely – but still might not be a good idea. Generally, don’t do things in the bath i guess is good advice.

This is how I furnished my first apartment.  Honestly, all from the side of the road. And after using it for a year or two I sold most of it all for complete profit!  They key is to look in the right places, if you have a car you’re golden.  Go to the nice part of town, where they have fences with big gates and stuff, you know the place.  They have great garbage there!  Working televisions (usually with remotes kindly included), yard furniture and even office furniture all up for grabs.  If you snag any linen like bedsheets or pillows etc., give these a good wash – even if they look good.  They could be diseased or something.  But yeah, free stuff everywhere, take it!  Unless it’s in someone’s yard – that’s totally stealing.

If you can’t find it there try a garage sale, but remember to negotiate on price.  Haggling is fun and it’s expected at yard sales and garage sales.  Have fun, and if you get enough free stuff, consider having your own yard sale!

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