How can previously homeless people decorate a new place cheap

My friend and I have been homeless for 5 years, and finally got approved for housing. Getting an apartment this week, and have literally nothing except our clothing and a very small limited income from SSI for one of us. How can I decorate a bare apartment with little to no money.

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  • Rowgop (Pam) Rowgop (Pam) on Nov 28, 2017
    Maybe go to your local goodwill store. Also look for yard/garage sales. There also are apps like Letgo or Offerup you can sometimes get cheaper furniture and home items. Best of luck to you. Take care!
  • Donna Powell Donna Powell on Nov 28, 2017
    Bless you. Definitely take your time and look for bargains. I would start with some local thrift stores and start small. Remember you are looking for what you need and not just for a designer look. Over time you will be able to add your own special touches to the place. Good luck and post updates if you get a chance.
  • Kathy Kathy on Nov 28, 2017
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 28, 2017
    Good will and thrift stores,garage sales,church sales,check crags list as many donate free items
  • Karen Tokarse Karen Tokarse on Nov 28, 2017
    Write a letter the Deacons of SEVERAL churches. They normally have funds to help people who need a hand up. Also, God answers prayers. Satan only steals, kills and destroys. Start serving JESUS and see your life change for the better. God bless you.
  • SandyG SandyG on Nov 28, 2017
    I hope you are close to thrift stores. They are a great source of items needed for a home. Yard sales are another great source. You might want to keep your eyes open for child's wagon or something similar. They are great to haul items home from yard sales, etc.
    Congratulations on your new home.
  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Nov 28, 2017
    check out your local habitat restore and goodwill store (it may take a while to find everything you need) both those places have furniture and household items that are inexpensive but yet still have some life in them...
  • Lauren. Lauren. on Nov 28, 2017
    Congratulations and God bless you both. Flat sheets can be used as curtains - slide bottom hem over curtain rod - no sewing needed! If at Goodwill/thrift stores see what they have. Having been homeless I've seen alot of furniture placed out on curb or roadside, stop and check these out (they are FREE usually). DO NOT GET BEDS THIS WAY!!!! Dressers, chairs, tables, shelving units fair game. Plastic milk crates can be used for coffee table or storage of clothing, cleaning items, etc. Sometimes (if you ask) stores will give free. I'VE gotten couches, chairs, shelves, dresser, end tables by checking the curb/road side cast offs. A little cleaning did wonders. Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, Salvation Army, thrift stores and yard sales are great too. Remember DO NOT GET ANY BEDS FROM TRASH PILES ( COULD BE BED BUG INFESTED). Be patient it will take time. Concentrate on necessities first ( good mattress / boxspring ), a chair or two. May God bless and keep you.
  • Lisa S. Lisa S. on Nov 28, 2017
    Find out when the trash collection is in a high end area, go the night before, or even the weekend before (assuming you have transportation ) and you would be surprised what thing people put out. They feel it is easier to put things out on the curb and let the "night people" take the stuff than dragging it to Goodwill. I have seen folks in great cars stopping to trash pick - no longer a stigma - It is recycling.... If you have a Habitat for Humanity Restore- that is good. Speak to the manager at thrift stores, tell them your situation and ask for their discards. They may have furniture that is not in the greatest shape, which they may give you for free. Same for dishes and such that do not sell. Find out is you have a Good will sorting center. We have one locally. they sell by the pound, stuff that did not go over at the stores. Blankets, clothing, dishes really cheap. May be ugly, but will get you started. Check Craig's list free stuff. Finally, get the word out that you are in need. Check out a church near your new home. Talk to the preacher, they may have a member that is looking for a good home for some used stuff.
  • Sharon Sharon on Nov 29, 2017
    Many non-profits give furniture to the disabled, for example St. Vincent de Paul. Just go to any St. Vinnies thrift store and ask for an application for disabled donation.
    Ask your caseworker, she should know whats available in your area.
    Then there is and join for your city and state. I created a computer lab in our town for the boys and girls club with donated computers from Wanted posts on freecycle. As a caregiver I've gotten every kind of furniture and beds, kitchenware, TVs, dvds, vcrs, heaters etc. If you don't have a computer yet use the libraries free computers.
    To get a computer, post a Wanted post on Freecycle, and also see if you have any computer recycling programs in your area, here we have a couple, and I just got 3 computer set ups for some of my clients.
    Another trick is to go curb surfing on the night before trash day especially in older neighborhoods I drive by stuff all the time, and have stopped an gotten a few dressers, bedside tables and chairs in the past for clients.
    If you have a little money, Habitat for Humanity Restore has cheap prices on furniture, and they have always given me a discount when I tell them its for one of my disabled clients.
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