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« Reply #10 on: February 13, 2008 06:24:25 AM »

www.freecycle.com  and craigslist are 2  of my favs.  you can check teh offered up stuff or  post a wanted   either way you can get tons of stuff.

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« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2008 12:33:25 PM »

i usually use the paint sample papers for scrapbooking and other paper crafts.
also most construction places will let you have pieces of wood, tile, sheetrock, or whatever else.
dumpsters in the alley are also great
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« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2008 03:01:02 PM »

Free stores are where it's at. the link I posted is one for Baltimore, but I'm sure there are similar ones in other cities as well.
I also get tons of awesome stuff from the salvation army dumpster.

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« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2008 04:41:53 PM »

I live in a high-rise building, and people just put stuff down in the garbage room or outside by the dumpsters that they don't want anymore. I've gotten some great stuff... I refinish furniture, and people put old solid wood furniture down there that's scratched up or stained (all stuff I can fix with a bit of work) so it's a goldmine.
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2008 04:48:40 PM »

Oh - and I used to work in a mall. The back hallways where people put out their garbage is an even bigger goldmine than the garbage room in my building. Some stuff I've found there:

-Old displays including gift boxes and pictures
-fake flowers from window displays
-Swarovski gift boxes (there were two giant packs of perfectly good gift boxes that they threw out... must have just been getting rid of old stock)
-mannequin torsos
-lots of cardboard boxes (handy if you're moving)

Working in a mall is a great place to find free stuff in general. I used to take home lots of half-empty testers from the store I worked at (bath and body store), gift boxes (after Christmas we were welcome to take home what was left because they'd change the style next year anyway), empty jars, you name it. Also, we made friends with the girls at Godiva, and they'd bring us free chocolate strawberries every night because they wouldn't keep until the next day.

So if you work in a mall or know someone who does (generally you shouldn't lurk in the back hallways of a mall if you have no right to be there, you're often caught on camera or by security), get looking! Major retailers throw SO much away, and most of it's perfectly good.
« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2008 05:11:16 AM »

-School. My classroom is in the DT block so we can pick up all the leftover scraps of material, wire and stuff like that from the GCSE/A-level projects, and we get free food from the Food Tech students...
-Hotels. My dad goes on a lot of business trips and always brings back the free toiletries and sewing kits
-The train station - sometimes I get the old billboard posters when they're putting new ones up. (not the huge billboard posters, the smaller ones which are about the size of two sheets of A3 paper)
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« Reply #16 on: June 24, 2008 04:20:58 AM »

Along the lines of home improvement stores, I used to pick up all different colors of paint chips.  Depending on the company, you can cut them apart if you just need small bits of paper.

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« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2008 07:41:00 PM »

I work in a small department within a large research (university) library. We get tons of donations-- we collect rare books, manuscripts, artifacts, photographs, etc... And regardless of what condition they're in, the materials in which the documents are housed get thrown away, because we have to move them into our own storage that is better for their preservation.

I take brand-new binders out of the trash pile all the time-- I'm more than stocked up for classes, and I give some to friends (especially one in graphic design who needs binders for her projects). I've also gotten cases-- including one for slides that holds my thread spools fantastically-- and good/great quality wooden crates, metal cases, picture frames, index card cases, plastic storage bins... One time I even got a yard of vintage circus-print fabric! It's amazing. I have no idea why it was stuffed in with the donations, but fellow employees know me well enough to set this kind of stuff aside for me. It's fantastic.

Also, more obviously, dumpsters outside dormitories on move-out days. It's amazing what people will throw out just to shorten their moving process.
« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2008 09:05:34 AM »

-Grandma's house. She's a junk collector.
-Its not FREE..but i have a local thriftstore that has a TON of crafting supplies. They have so many that they are super cheap. Most of them are vintage too.
-Free boxes at thrift stores and garage sales.
-Garbage day. (Although..I live in a small town..so theres not a lot of good stuff..)

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« Reply #19 on: July 09, 2008 06:08:28 PM »

Not sure if this would work for everyone, but it would be worth trying.

I work at a college and the library offered to help me out with an upcoming event. They gave me 3 large boxes of dust covers from books.  Turns out they stock pile them for a while, then just throw them out.

The covers with all the text and images are great, but the other side of the covers are a nice white heavy paper.

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