Recently a friend wrote me and asked:
This is a very odd and almost embarrassing thing to ask but what the heck.
I recently moved into my own place but I don't want to spend a lot on furniture. If anyone has any freebies they would like to get rid up keep me in mind. I guess this is also a great way to "go green."
Geesh! I feel like I'm begging...
I informed my friend that if her email qualified as begging then I was a total smelly hobo. I furnished my entire apartment in New York with treasures from the trash/craigslist including the most fabulous full length mirror for my apartment because I dug out of the trash outside a restaurant and carried it home 15 blocks. And it was raining...I'm definitely more of a beggar.
Anyway, for free/low cost furniture I highly recommend freecycle.org, Housing Works, Craigslist (Free Section), The Salvation Army and your neighborhood!