So, I think that getting things free and reusing stuff, even if it’s furniture, is a big part of homesteading. It might not be growing or canning but it speaks to the basic values in being sustainable. I love myfreecycle.org and the free section on Craigslist for that very reason. Also, I go to a lot of yard sales in the summer, and thrift stores year-round. I prefer free though!
My favourite recent scores are:
A wooden play kitchen for the kids! The paint is a little worn out, but otherwise it’s amazing, and it came with a big bag of wooden food. Both my four year old son and 2 year old daughter love playing house, so it will get LOTS more use. I intend to touch up the paint when/if possible, but to be honest it’s not that necessary. Here is a photo of a new version of exactly what I got (like I said mine is more beaten up).
And here’s what I think is a rather amusing picture of it crammed in the back of my car:
The other recent score, still to be picked up, is a china cabinet that a coworker friend is getting rid of. It needs some work, but I actually don’t mind things that look unfinished or beaten up. I especially don’t mind at this stage in my life when my kids destroy everything in sight. I am hoping to move a bunch of stuff into this so that I have more room in my kitchen for yoghurt/ice cream/beer making supplies. And the fruit press I picked up for $4 at a thrift store (never used!). And all my canning jars. And, well the list goes on. Here’s the cabinet!
What a ridiculously small photo. I’ll take a new one when it’s home safe and sound.