A word about Freecycle...awesome!!! I've been a member for a couple of years now. Freecycle is a non-profit organization that allows members to post things they are giving away for free. It's set up like a Yahoo Group and the beauty of it is that you can be a member to the county you live in. You'll be posting and getting posts of items available for free right in your own back yard.
Membership is free too and you only get emails when someone posts an item.
Go to http://www.freecycle.org/group/ to join one in your neighborhood.