Quality goods can be found for free. It just takes a little hunting. I found a nitch I didn't know I had when I sold my first craigslist find for for a $100 profit. I used that profit to fund more finds. Along the way, my house was furnished temporarily until I found a better replacement. An upgrade in quality.
And that's how you begin.
It requires patience and negotiation. Hold steady when asking for more while selling and make sure to offer less when buying. Labor too. You'll have to haul the items ;). It's my personal way of going to the gym. It gets scary too. I worried many times about losing a rug or worse,a couch on the highway. I'm happy to report that never happened. Here's a few shots of how my home has progressed. Today, I'm actually in the black $3k. Furnished free and for profit. It was a fun project to take on- a game.
I want to build a 30ft metal gazebo out of scraps from other broken down gazebos. I could just buy 3 like gazebos but I want to costumize. I plan to hunt craigslist and yard sales for the frames. Hoping to score all I need for free. Soon to come on my progress.
In a Previous post (ikea-hack-dry-erase-wall-for-kids-room), I dismantled an expedit unit from Ikea and created a fun dry erase wall for the kids playroom. I still had another piece of the unit to use so I created this fun lab table.
This is the expedit Unit I used. The long part of the unit was the perfect length for our window lab table. The surface of the unit is perfect for cleaning up all of our messy science experiments. And it gets messy! This table surface is perfect for kid play.
Pendulum Play is excellent for learning cause and effect, physics, spatial reasoning, experimenting with weight and size, language, vocabulary and teaches kids how to work together. I made this pendulum out of PVC pipes, string and tennis balls. After the initial excitement of knocking blocks down, the kids began experimenting with the the limitations of the ball and began building their towers more strategically. This is a great way for kids to learn through play! Very easy set up!