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I'm on SSD and disabled. I'm in need of a queen size boxspring and mattress. The one I have is over 12 yrs. old. Can someone please give me some ideas on who to contact or where to look? I would be so grateful. Once my rent, utilities, and auto insurance are paid my head is hardly above water.
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I would love if anyone could help me and my wife find a mattress and box spring. We were given one yesterday and it was infested with bed bugs.
Try Freecycle, Craig's List, Local Churches , Word of mouth. Because it is the first of the month there are people giving up more or less to move. Often moving they give away or put on the curb these items. On these various sites the advertise the things they are willing to give away ,so they do not have to transport.
Sorry about that but I'm glad you found out ahead of time.
The only thing I can tell you is that people on Craigslist give these away all the time. As well as on facebook groups. Or you can post a 'free mattress' post on those places as well.
You probalby don't want to hear this because this is probably how you got the bedbugs to begin with.
I don't know what your situation is, but if you have access to a steamer and to diatomaceous earth, you can do a great job of killing the bedbugs.
I agree that you can get rid of bedbugs but it can be a real hassle if you get them in your house it's best to examine everything that has cloth on it before you take it inside (even if it's from friends or family!).
Sometimes furniture stores have used mattresses they have picked up when delivering a new set so maybe if know of a store near by you might give them a call (a visit is better) and ask if they might let you know when they have one coming in. I have known of a store (Badcock) that dropped off a used set on their way back to the store (probably never happen again but you never know about things like this).
Not sure what stores are open right now but soon maybe.
Place an wanted ad on Craigslist, Freecycle, and maybe Nextdoor (just remember that Nextdoor could be neighbors if you choose your area).
I have noticed really nice sets (new usually) for sale at a local Habitat Restore but not sure about the prices. They do occasionally contact people when they have a set in their store. They will deliver but I'm sure they have to charge a fee for that.
Usually having someway to get big items home and delivered inside is where people have the most trouble.
Not very many thrift stores will take mattresses anymore but I have seen sets at Salvation Army stores for low prices (and they do provide many things free) and they also deliver (for a fee).
If you have a church nearby you can also contact them (offices may not be open right now) as they help people in need in their neighborhood.
How do I go about posting locally in Bakersfield, Ca.?
Here are a few places:
If no one will take the mattress, you can try this program:
Post back with updates! Thanks for asking!
There are some places that won't take a mattress no matter what because they are worried about bed bugs. I know you do not have them but this is a policy. If you have a FB account you could try to post it there or even on Freecycle in your immediate area. I know there are a lot of familes out there in need of beds and they would love to have one this nice.
I'm trying to get my 18 yr old son a bed. We get SSI and SSA, but after rent and paying power and gas I just don't have extra $$ for a twin mattress. I've been looking on the free section on all sites, but no luck. If I do find a bed I don't have gas to pick it up. I just want him to have something to sleep on. The one he has now, he's had since age 8. The springs are coming through and it's killing his back, etc. So I am asking if you know where to find one free.
These are some unique tips that I would never have thought about for inquiring a free mattress:
- You can contact local hotels and ask if they are renovating or soon to and you'll be happy to take a bed off their hands. I did hear on the news that some hotels sell their furniture for really cheap when they're renovating.
- I know you've mentioned you searched the free sections of Craigslist, but you could post an ad asking for a free mattress and to be delivered. That it would be greatly appreciated that way they do not have to pay disposal fees on their end to bring the mattress to the landfill.
- Any friends/family/neighbors purchasing a new mattress? And instead of giving it to the company they purchased the mattress for recycle, if they can give the mattress to you.
- Contact any smaller mattress companies and ask if they would delivery you a mattress they are going to go recycle to the landfill.
Finding a free mattress.
Check with the motels in your area they my have extras they do not need and give you one.
Apartment complexes sometimes get stuck with matresses when people move out they would be glad for you to take it.
Check with furniture stores they take the old mattresses when they deliver a new one.They may have one in storage.
Where can I get a free new mattress for my girlfriend and I?
If you are looking to get a brand new mattress for free, that would be hard to come by unless you're in a situation where people would help and chip in for you two to get a mattress for free.
Here are some ideas that could work for you:
Good luck to you.
Getting a new mattress may be impossible. However, I have seen many mattresses offered on Freecycle. A lot of them are barely used, as they were in guest rooms.
My favourite place is NextDoor for reliability and general cleanliness, not to mention it will most likely be avail for pick up right by you as they go by neighbourhood blocks. Good luck to you!
Some thrift stores still occasionally have a used mattress but most have stopped selling or refuse to even take one in sue to the potential bed bug problem. Some thrift stores in the past have had to pay to have the bugs removed from their stores.
Occasionally you will find one at Salvation Army, Goodwill or a Habitat store for a few dollars but you have to have your own help to load and transport home.
Nextdoor is an excellent place to check and you can place a 'wanted' ad to see if anyone in your neighborhood has one for free. Someone may even help you move it.
You can also place wanted ads on Craigslist and Freecycle but these could be in any kind of condition and pick up may not be easy.
Furniture stores will sometimes have used mattresses they have picked up when delivering a new set. They do not usually sell them but put them in their throw away area and can be picked up for free. You may have to check often until you find one in the size you need and in good condition (before it is exposed to bad weather).
Everyone has given great info. The only thing I can add is if you are in need because of a financial hardship, are in recovery, or been affected by a fire or other disaster AND you belong to a church or other religious organization, some have discretionary funds that they will bequeath to congregants in need. Most have no repayment programs, but do ask if you are able to at one point, that you repay the favor when you can, but if you can't, they don't come after you. Talk to the parish/group leader and inquire. You never know until you ask!
Prayers for you both!
I saw a lot of mattresses at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I don't know if they are free but they are probably inexpensive. Otherwise, Craigslist and Freecycle may be a good resource.
I'm in need of a new mattress. I've had my right hip replaced, but the implant has issues and needs to be replaced. I had to put my mattress in storage where mice chewed holes in it exactly where my hip rests. I am disabled and have no money to buy mattress.
Put a want ad in Freecycle or Craigslist. A local church may be able to help, too.
Please contact the social work team at the hospital where you had your surgery and ask them to assist you with this request! At least where I am, all of the hospitals have teams of social workers who can help with the post op needs of patients from their facility. They should be able to put you in contact with a resource that can provide a mattress that will be safe for you (clean, and the right type) for your recovery. Be sure to tell them that you will need help with both obtaining it and getting into your residence so they can plan accordingly.
Please post back with what you learn. Sending up healing prayers!
I agree with contacting the hospital that did your surgery and asking about where to get a prescription for a bed so you can recover. Also, your doctor might be able to help you get a bed as well. I wish you the best in everything.
You can try to contact your insurance company to see if a bed would be covered like a rental hospital bed!
You can check Craigslist, Next Door or ask anyone if they have a free bed available (there are some nice neighbors!) :)