Are you moving properties and looking to bag some free stuff to help you get started? There are plenty of ways to get furniture and other essentials for nothing. Here is where you need to start hunting…
Furnishing a rented or bought property can be eye-wateringly expensive – but if you are clever, you may be able to get everything from sofas, fridges and even plants for free!
There are a growing number of giveaway sites that can list your unwanted possessions, and that can be a goldmine for freebies if you are on the hunt to furnish your new home.
Below are some options to consider:
Freecycle and Freegle
Online communities such as Freecycle and Freegle list masses of goods that are on offer in your local area. The idea is that these items are not disposed of and put into landfill, they are recycled for future use and given to a grateful new owner.
The people listing the goods may for example, simply need to free up space or may not have the time to sell them. After all, trying to sell large items such as a fridge can be a hassle, sometimes you must pay to have it taken away. But using this method can easily free up space and make someone’s day!
Both platforms are easy to use, simply search for your location on Freecycle and Freegle, then sign up to post requests or receive updates to see what is on offer in your area. It is easy to search for too, if there is a particular item that you are in need of. Both platforms have the same aim – to help people give and receive things for free in their local community, with people dealing directly with each other.
You may also want to download the Freegle app or the Trash Nothing app. This enables you to check out all local recycling groups for anything you might need.
Gumtree and eBay
You can also find a wide range of unwanted items listed as ‘freebies’, a section featured on Gumtree. You can find items in your local area, with plenty of furniture on offer. As the site has millions of users, be careful, as freebies can go in a flash!
Then there is eBay, where people also offer items without a reserve which may mean that they are keen to offload the goods for a very low price if the person is willing to take them. Beware that the items may be damaged, so check whatever you are looking at!
Facebook groups and marketplace
An incredible number of Facebook groups have popped up over recent years, where plenty of people are advertising unwanted items in your local area – provided you are able to pick them up.
It is worth signing up to local groups such as those aimed at local mums (even if you are not a mum) and seeing what is on offer.
The Facebook groups have become so popular that Facebook has launched its own marketplace, where you can find furniture and other items locally.
Some items may be listed with a price tag, however there are plenty on offer for free if for example people are moving house or doing a house renovation.
You never know what you may find, and you can easily search on Facebook if you are looking for freebies.
Preloved and Freeloved
Preloved’s mission is to reduce landfill and they have a section called Freeloved, where you can acquire items for free in your local area. The platform has a fantastic search feature and offers anything you might need to furnish a home.
If you want to declutter, you can advertise items for free and for £5 a year, you can upgrade your account to get additional benefits like responding to adverts as soon as they are placed.
A haven for neighborhood updates, Nextdoor is also a treasure trove for free goods. People post about jumble sales nearby and when they are giving away free furniture. You can browse by category, or simply type in specifically what you are looking for and you will see a list of items pop up ready for you to contact the owner and arrange a collection.
You can find Boxall Brown & Jones on Nextdoor, simply search our name and leave a kind review if you like!
Office message boards
With many working online, you could set up a freebies channel where teammates can post images of things they no longer need, and others can help them with the declutter process.
You could even create your own in the office by sending an email around your colleagues!
- It is always best to take someone with you when collecting an item as a precaution. If it is heavy, that is even more reasons to have an extra set of hands to help you lift it into your car.
- Always meet in public, in daylight hours if you can, and arrange to meet someone on the street outside of their house or in a busy safe place.
- You do not need to give out any of your personal information. If you are arranging a collection from a person through an app (like Facebook Marketplace or eBay), you do not even have to give them your number. You can communicate through the app’s messaging service.
- You will ideally want to build your profile and trust among sharing communities by also offering goods for sale or for free. This is not essential, but some groups will insist you do this as part of the process. The items do not need to be anything special – a pile of old magazines will do, and somebody is likely to want them.
- Be quick – items go fast on these sites – and be clear on when you can pick the item up.
If you have read this far, we have a small surprise for you! At Boxall Brown & Jones, we are now offering FREE hampers when you purchase a property from us or let an unfurnished property! Enquire about a property today and we will be happy to help.
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