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Got it free - whatever it is??

Discussion in 'Frugal Living - Making and Saving Money' started by Joel_BC, Nov 14, 2017.

  1. Nov 25, 2017
    NH Homesteader

    NH Homesteader Super Self-Sufficient

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    DH got a free smoker today! Gotta make some bacon ASAP!
     
  2. Nov 25, 2017
    Denim Deb

    Denim Deb More Precious than Rubies

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    I got a coffee table for free today by curbside shopping.
     
  3. Nov 26, 2017
    treerooted

    treerooted Almost Self-Reliant

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  4. Nov 26, 2017
    Joel_BC

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    Well this thread is turning out great! :)

    It might be even better — is that possible? — if we maybe posted a pic now and then of a favorite thing that we found for free. Whuddya think?
     
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  5. Nov 26, 2017
    Beekissed

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    Can do, though many of the favorite things I've gotten for free I got too long ago for a pic record. I'll be getting a round bale and a half of mulch hay tomorrow for free...and delivered for free!

    Here are some of the things we've gotten for free in the past few years....

    This brown dog, got free as a pup, now is 11 yrs old.

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    Got this picket fence for free, turned it into garden gates...

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    Got these pumpkins out of the trash this season, along with bags of leaves....LOTS of bags of leaves each fall, for free.

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    This chicken, among 28 other Delaware chicks and two WRs, sent to me for free from a wonderfully kind lady who breeds them....

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    This dog...and we regifted him to another, as he was a wonderful family dog, but not good for being around chickens and outdoors all the time.

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    This scrap lumber, saved by a man for 50 yrs, from old packing crates and gifted to us when he passed on.

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    This horse manure...

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    These wood chips...

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    And this antique screen door....

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    Will post more later....I have tons of pics of free things! It's my favorite commodity in this world...free things.
     
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  6. Nov 26, 2017
    Joel_BC

    Joel_BC Super Self-Sufficient

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    Found Chair.jpg

    This is no ‘big find’ but it’s a useful thing that just required an hour or a little more of my spare time. A few days ago, I found this folding chair left at the same little recycle-bins parking lot where I found the discarded festival chairs I mentioned in the opening post on this thread. And, for that matter, where I also found that compressor tank that I rebuilt & adapted, and posted about a month or two back.

    There wasn’t too much stuff of interest on the ground the day I found this chair (since, anyway, people are supposed to drive 20 minutes north and take questionable stuff to the actual dump). Besides the very small tear you can see in the cushion seat covering, the chair was basically like new except that one of the metal “spindles” (horizontal bracing tubes below the seat) had separated from a diagonal tube that runs from one of the chair's feet up to support the back of the seat frame.

    I considered welding the parts back together, but the steel in the chair’s tubing is so thin I thought I might just burn a hole in it, making my reclamation metalwork less straightforward. So I inserted a piece of wooden dowel coated with epoxy glue into the end of the spindle. And after that cured, I drilled a hole through the diagonal tube, and drove an epoxy-coated screw through there and into the dowel plug in the spindle. After giving that some curing time, the chair was sturdy again and ready to be sat on. I’ll use it in one or another of my shop areas.
     
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  7. Nov 26, 2017
    milkmansdaughter

    milkmansdaughter Super Self-Sufficient

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    Joel, having some skills really helps! We get a lot of things that need minor repairs. It's amazing what gets thrown out for the lack of a screw! And my son gets a LOT of old computer monitors, keyboards, towers and all kinds of pieces that he then takes apart and makes something useful from them. So rather than buying a whole new computer, he just needs certain parts.

    Here's a picture of the piano, some of the free computer stuff my son scrounged, and a chair (we got 4 of the chairs), all free... IMG_20171126_164100.jpg IMG_20171126_164136.jpg IMG_20171126_164435.jpg
     
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    Hinotori

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    Mostly I just get pallets. They are a big thing for building fences and goat or chicken houses around here so if you see them, you grab them. They wont be there in 15 minutes.

    I was given some wooden juice boxes that Ive used for nest boxes. Got my cats from the same person. One of their barn cats had kittens.

    I give away eggs sometimes. That isn't counting all the ones I take down to Mom. Gave a couple cull pullets away to a lady who scraped together enough to buy 2 of them. So the 4 will be her incubators when they grow up.
     
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    Mini Horses

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    Yesterday I saw a lady putting dog houses by the road, I stopped and sympathized with her loss of her 16 y/o dog, whom she had to have put down due to bad health. I was the first person and was able to choose the full insulated dog house PLUS the heating pad for the dog. I didn't take a pic right then but THIS is the house.....same yellow color.....$185 & $55 heat pad! I was blessed! Now my old feral cat will be well housed all winter. At 18-20 y/o he deserves the luxury.


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    Beekissed

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    Other things gotten for free...

    This patio table turned into a grill...

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    These chips...

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    These mountain apples...

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    This chair, scrounged out of the trash...

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    All these leaves each fall...will be going for my annual leaf run this week.

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    This nice lumber, left in the trash in town, along with a wooden ladder...just needed to remove the screws, which I also used later.

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    This nice lumber and plywood that my brother gave me, was also going to just place it out on the curb. This used to be bunkbeds he had built for his kids. The red on the wood is blood from a fresh road kill deer we picked up on the way home to feed to the dogs. Free on top of free!

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    This headboard, which I turned into a dog lounging bench...which Ben promptly shredded and I had to recover it with material he could not chew up.

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    This pallet playhouse, made from free pallets scrounged out of the trash, and this slide that was also found in the trash...

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