One Man’s Desperation … Another Man’s Treasures

Use the Desperation Factor
The Desperation Factor can be a huge advantage when you’re looking to score furniture for free. People looking to move, upgrade or clean out in a hurry will be more willing to consider your generous offer to haul away unsold furniture for free if you catch them at the eleventh hour. For example, don’t line up at garage sales before the sun comes up, wait until early afternoon when most people are packing up and dreading the thought of hauling years of accumulated knick knacks back into the house. Use this philosophy on the office listserv as well when people post furniture for sale and can’t seem to get rid of it. The closer the seller gets to the new furniture delivery date or moving date, the more willing he or she will be to let something go for free. Let’s not forget the digital garage sale that is craigslist. This Web site is busting at the seams with desperate home dwellers who want to rid their lives of cumbersome furniture. Keep an eye out for phrases like this Manhattanite’s plea about his table: “free to pick up TONIGHT.”

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