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Finding Free Furniture?

I am 23 years old and have a son Robbie who is 7. We have recently been moved out of a B and B into a 2 bedroom property finally after 2 years of being moved here there and everywhere. Now the problem I'm having is I have no beds or much furniture and can't afford to buy any on my benefits. I've asked for help from everyone including Social Services, but no one can help me. I've had a social fund loan taken out a long time ago and am still paying it off so am unable to apply for another one. Is there anyone out there that can help me please. Thank you.

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March 6, 20181 found this helpful

I'd suggest going to the "free stuff" area of Craigslist, and checking your local Nextdoor.com. You need an account (it's free) for the latter.

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March 6, 20180 found this helpful

Sounds like your luck has changed for the better so I hope you can find the items you need, especially good bedding.
You do not give your location but most of the suggestions will be for the US. If you live in another country most of this may not apply to you.

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  • Here is a link that has some sites that may be of help.
  • www.needhelppayingbills.com/.../help_in_finding_free_furniture.html
  • Suitable free bedding can be a problem as you have to be extra careful as you do not need bedbugs in your new home.
  • Ashley Furniture has a program that provides a free bed for a qualifying child but someone (other than parent) has to nominate them. This can be any number of different people so check this out.
  • www.ashleyfurniturehomestore.com/.../
  • You will have to be prepared to provide help and pick-up ability when you ask for help or find any pieces of furniture as most people giving away free stuff do not load/unload or deliver.
  • Perhaps this is a good time to check out any nearby church and maybe they will be able to help with some of your needs.
  • The Salvation Army as well as many charity thrift stores may have something they can provide but here again, you will have to be able to pick-up any items they give you.
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  • You can check out free stuff on Craigslist and Freecycle and you can also place an ad asking for things you need.
  • Nextdoor is a good place to start.
  • nextdoor.com/
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March 6, 20180 found this helpful

Necessity is the mother of invention. For a workable bed, find 3 or 4 pallets, stack them lengthwise. Cover with an old tarp, or blanket if that's all you have. Look for free memory foam mattress padding on Craigslist or Freecycle pages.There you have it, a bed fit for any 7 year old. Best of luck and blessings that you're back on your feet soon!

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March 6, 20180 found this helpful

I think I would start with friends and relatives. Surely somebody will have something in the basement or attic. Could you trade some house cleaning or babysitting for items they feel a need to be payed for.

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Bartering can really pay off. What special talents do you have? Try the Salvation Army and explain your situation. Sometimes they can bend the rules if you are truly needy. Good luck.

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March 6, 20180 found this helpful

You can try looking under For Sale > Free on Craigslist.

But, I would recommend checking out Goodwill Outlet (if you have one nearby). They had furniture for very inexpensive literally couches, furniture for less than $10.

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March 7, 20180 found this helpful

If you can't afford a real bed, have you ever considered an air bed? They are really cheap and you can get some for around $30 to $60. These make great beds for sleeping on and they can just sit on the floor.

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This might be able to get you by until you can find other means to get furniture for your home.

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March 8, 20180 found this helpful

Thrift shops have been known to provide items, including furniture, to families in need for free. Just ask and see what happens.

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