Ever heard of freecycle.org?
You should google it and find a group in your area. If you sign up, you get email notices when people in your area have things they want to get rid of…and by get rid of, I mean give away. For free.
Sometimes the people give away weird things. Just yesterday I got email notifications that someone was giving away pork chops and another person had cotton balls. Odd. I am not willing to drive too far, but when something is posted in my own neighborhood, I’m on it.
A lady around the corner was re-doing her kitchen and was giving away the old chandelier. I originally thought I’d refurbish it, but then I decided to rip out all of the wiring and get out the spray paint.