Thursday, May 22, 2008

Why Buy Furniture?

While Jeffrey and I were out walking yesterday morning, we noticed several items of furniture out by the curb. Nothing we needed, but it's always fun to look. Hopefully someone will decide they can get some use out of some of that stuff. Since the large trash pick-up isn't until next week, at least until it rains, they've got a chance to haul it off. There were some couches, a desk, maybe some baby furniture and even a grill.

We've got quite a bit of furniture that we claimed when someone else was finished with it - a glider rocker that now 'belongs' to Tillie, a coffee table for the basement, some end tables that are down in the basement. Seriously, why buy furniture when you can get it for free? I just feel kind of bad that when we actually did buy new furniture for the living room, our old stuff went in the trash. If the timing had been any different, we probably would have set it out to see if anyone wanted it, or listed it with freecycle or Craigslist. But, when we got the new furniture delivered, it was the day before trash pick-up. If we didn't put it out right away, we would have had to hold onto it for another month, because the big trash only gets picked up once a month, on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Still, someone could probably have gotten some use out of that old couch and loveseat.

I don't really think the people who put their furniture out yesterday are hoping someone can use it. I think they just forgot which week is the big trash pick-up. Still, it does give people a chance.

Why did we actually buy new furniture? 5 years free financing.