May 12, 2009 6:16 PM
With just a few clicks of a mouse, you can get something for nothing. "Free. That's the key word," said Tina Valenzuela.
No matter what city you're in, there are people on craigslist willing to give you their old stuff if you'll pick it up. In Lafayette, one person advertised a free cocker spaniel, another had a sofa and chair and a third was giving away vacuum cleaners.
Daniel Karwoski had been looking for a juke box for a long time, and finally got one on craigslist. He has a plan for the 1974 Rock-ola juke box.
"I'm going to put dark wood on the outside of it. Change the pictures and put something a little more updated in there," said Karwoski.
Surfing free stuff on craigslist is a hobby for Karwoski. It's a necessity for Valenzuela. "We're limited on our income right now with the economy the way it is. It's really helped out," she said.
Valenzuela says her family's entire house is furnished using free stuff from craigslist. "We got the frame for free. We got the red rock for free. A set of knives for free. We got the box spring for free. We got our dogs on craigslist for free. Got the pots for free. We got the bed for free.
We got it all free on craigslist," she said.
To get the best stuff first, check often. The site is continuously updated. Also, arrange for the pick-up in a public place. I you must meet at someone's house, always go during the daytime and bring someone with you.