Moving Tips

How to Get Free Furniture

So you just moved into your first apartment after years of sharing with roommates – and you only have a bed. Check out these tips for scoring free (or dirt cheap) furniture and soon you’ll have a real home!

Sidewalk Shopping

Walking around your neighborhood (or fancier neighborhoods) on trash day is a great way to find treasure! The only tricky part is figuring out which days are trash days, and being ready to carry the furniture the minute you spot it. We have found art, furniture, books and more just sitting in the sidewalk. Especially in places like NYC, people throw out perfectly great items all the time. This really picks up around the end of the month when a lot of people are moving.

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An oldie but a goodie. Craigslist remains the ultimate marketplace for free and cheap furniture. Around the end of the month, you’ll see hundreds of free couches from people who are just desperate to get rid of them. And moving sales often turn into sidewalk finds if the sellers can’t find buyers.


Speaking of taking an internet deep dive, there are a lot of ways to score free furniture on Reddit. Try the BarterRecycle or the Gift Card Exchange forums. Your gift certificates can finally be useful!

Freecycle / Re-Centers

This is another website sort of like Craigslist. Find a local group and trade items with your neighbors. If you’re looking for something specific, you can post requests too. A lot of towns still have local dumps, and often they include “re-centers” – places to drop off items that aren’t garbage at all. These local trading posts are a gold mine of second-hand stuff that still has plenty of life left.

Facebook Marketplace

In the past few years, Facebook Marketplace has really established itself as a strong competitor to Craiglist. Maybe it’s the slightly nicer interface (Craigslist might never update theirs), or just the ease of the built-in messaging, but this is a great place to find free and cheap – well, everything.

Neighborhood Facebook Group / Buy Nothing Group

Now these we just love. This might be our #1 suggestion for how to find free furniture. A “Buy Nothing” group is a network of Facebook groups that is sorted by location. Each one represents a neighborhood. You are allowed to give away things and ask for things you want. However, these groups aren’t just about exchanging items, they build community and are a wonderful way to get to know your neighbors. These groups go way beyond furniture – clothing, books, baby stuff – anything you can think of!

Salvation Army / Goodwill

You may already go to them for great deals on clothing, but did you know that most Salvation Army and Goodwill stores are packed with furniture? And often there is tons in the back that they couldn’t even fit on the floor! While this furniture isn’t technically free, it’s very very very reasonable, and all your friends will be wondering where you got that amazing decor.

In conclusion, these are all great places to find free furniture. If you’re looking to move to any neighborhood in New York City and beyond, look no further than NYC’s top-rated moving company – Stride Movers. We are committed to excellence and customer satisfaction. It would be our pleasure to be the movers on your next relocation. Get a free quote now.

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