Homesteading, Organic Gardening, How to Farm, Preparedness, Self-Reliance
I'm always on the look out for a good deal and so far over the years I've scored a number of them for things we need/want but can't afford new. Most but not all have been free and a lot of those were side of the road finds.
Some of the things I've found on the side of the road free have been a 60's era Hamilton Beach electric meat grinder that works fantastic, 3 fans for times like this when it's hot but not hot enough for A/C, trash bags full of enough like new & new bedding for all 4 beds, the camper, and spares for emergencys (these put out by an auction house that only sells antiques), mini blinds to do 9 of 10 windows in the house and replace a bunch of damaged ones in the camper, misc. camping gear, a rechargable flashlight that needed a new battery ($10 from Interstate), a Cuisinart blender with a food chopper, a Popel counter top rotisserie, 3 very nice upholstered office chairs (we use them for livingroom chairs they are so nice looking), numerous small animal cages & crates that we use as brooder pens & for transporting birds, a stainless steel grill that just needed an ignitor & a good cleaning, a cooler on legs w/wheels, and a pool pump for the garden pond at my sister's so the waterfall worked at it's best.
We have a reuse room at our local transfer station where people can drop off good unwanted items for others to get more use out of and from there I've gotten a Kitchenaid mixer the guy said it was an anniversary gift and only got used once (it looked it still looked as good as the day it was bought - it's an older model but runs like a charm), an exhaust fan for my greenhouse when we get that built, a Bunn 3 burner commercial coffee maker (when we camp and have family get togethers we drink a lot of coffee), a nonworking wine cooler that I use to store my seeds that aren't in canning jars so the mice & chipmunks can't get to them, assorted canning & jelly jars, a photo printer (needed ink), a paper shreader, a Sony digital camera with rechargable batteries, 2 battery chargers, 2 memory sticks, and a memory stick reader, various gardening tools, and just this past weekend a 1500 psi electric pressure washer - the guy said it needs a new wand (but they can be ordered from Husky for $30).
I also check Craigslist free section frequently and have gotten a fronttine rototiller, 4 of the 5 sliding patio door panels I need for the main wall of my greenhouse, a pile of lumber to frame it out, a queen/twin bunk bed for the boys, various canning supplies, and a small dorm fridge for keeping beverages cold during the summer so they don't use up space in the main fridge.
I check other sections of Craigslist and the local thrift/secondhand stores for things too.
Some things I've gotten cheap include: a dorm fridge for my daughter $25 the guy bought it new used it 2 weeks and didn't need it any longer (he's a pharmisuitical rep and needed it to store some meds), a reartine tiller $150, 2 $170 small animal cages with legs on wheels for larger outside brooder cages $40 for the pair, a second freezer $50, 2 large heavy duty shelving units for in the garage to store my canning & hatching supplies when not in use $10 for the pair (these sell for $50 each at Home Depot), a set of 6 wooden kitchen chairs for mom $5 each (these came from a restaurant so are more heavy duty than most kitchen chairs you can buy), a pair of bean pots $5, and a weedwacker $20 new out of the box the guy couldn't get it to run - the sparkplug was broken.
I think at this point there are only a few things that I have boughten new and paid full price for, my vaccum sealer and a rototiller attachment for the weedwacker being 2 that come to mind.
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