I love a bargain hunt as much as the next rummager, but when I get items for free, I feel like I’ve leveled up. You will be surprised how much great stuff you can find for free in the right places, of which, I’ve gathered a few here for you to check out.
Ah good ol’ Book of Faces. Not just for keeping track of your high school crush, the Marketplace is a veritable treasure trove of free items. I ALWAYS get major FOMO when I have a casual browse and need to remind myself I have no room to store anything – booo. To find free items, follow these simple steps:
You can also browse the ‘Free Stuff’ category for a grab bag of what’s free in your local area.
Another way to find free items through Facebook (and also give away free items) is through your hyperlocal ‘Buy Nothing‘ groups. Based on where you live, you can join a group of like minded neighbours who are gifting their unwanted, useable items. It’s pretty simple, you can post anything you’d like to give away, lend, or share among neighbors and also ask for anything you’d like to receive for free or borrow. Keep in mind that there is no buying, selling, trading, bartering, or otherwise exchanging money for items or services. You should also be polite when asking to be considered for an item and gracious when you are chosen. Gratitude posts are always great!
Got a friend moving or doing a spring clean who ‘just wants to get rid of stuff’? In exchange for anything that they might want to chuck, offer to help out with the heavy lifting and take things off their hands! You’ll be surprised what people will trash when they just want it gone from their home. If you feel uncomfortable taking things for free, maybe make a meal or bring a bottle of wine/carton of beer around next time to say thanks!
Ok, so this one isn’t technically free, but its pretty close. Clothing swaps or exchanges are becoming more and more popular these days as a way to update your wardrobe without actually spending any money. Generally they work like this:
To make you you get the best out of the event make sure you:
Have fun finding the ultimate free bargain and let me know in the comments if you have any other great places to source free items!