Best Place to Get Free Home Furnishings

Fancy condo dumpsters
Want a new bookshelf? Or a large mirror? Or an armchair? No need to make a trip to Ikea or scour Craigslist. If you have a little bit of patience, you can find all these things within a couple months in the garbage room of that fancy condo or apartment building next door. You’d be surprised what rich people throw away—from coffee tables to framed art, complete with overhead lamp attached (one of my neighbors actually found two of these). And a lot of this stuff is in great condition. The best times to check out the dumpsters or trash rooms are at the beginning or end of the month and at the beginning and end of summer, when more people are likely to be moving in and out and dumping all their unwanted possessions. And don’t think of it as scavenging through garbage—think of it as rescuing items from the landfill. (Most of the time, these items aren’t even in the dumpsters, but on the ground next to them.) Just make sure you’re not obviously trespassing in the process. If you’re looking at anything wooden, check for signs of an infestation: Even rich people can have bed bugs.

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