Furnish Your Room…with Garbage?

Ok, we’re not talking about actual garbage.  We’re talking about USED items that you can make your own!

This sofa isn’t exactly what we had in mind, but it sure is eco-friendly.

Most college students can ill-afford the several hundred dollar trip to Target, Ikea or Wal-Mart in order to furnish their dorm room or apartment.  Even if it’s slightly used, the old adage still rings true – retail is for suckers.

So, what should you use to find some awesome, slightly used goods?  For those in certain areas, Craigslist is definitely a viable option.  Although, if you’re unfamiliar with a website or the standard practices when exchanging used goods, it’s best to stay away until you talk to some friends.  You don’t want to pay $100 for a mattress that looks like it came out of a landfill.

Another option at some schools, like Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY, are programs that are offered every spring and fall to recycle usable items for other students.  While this practice at Vassar may come to an end in the next few years, it’s an innovative idea to furnish your room without going broke in the process.

Granted, there may be a few horror stories of used items that showed up looking pretty nasty, but those are often the exception.  If you’re smart about the process, that used coffee table could be a hidden treasure.

Readers, have you ever bought used furniture?  Would you recommend it?

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