Furnishing (or staging) your home for free
The Consuming Interests blog, offering up what its authors think are the best deals around town, included a few items on its list that homeowners might find useful. Because they're free -- yeah, free.
For instance: You can check out prints and maps from the Fine Art Department of the Central branch of the Enoch Pratt Library -- "some of them framed!" points out Consuming Interests -- for as long as half a year. If you've trying to spruce up your digs or stage your home to sell it, the price is right. (Just make sure you get the art back before the past-due fines start being levied.)
Bemoaning an empty bookcase? You can get "secondhand tomes gratis at The Book Thing in Waverly," Consuming Interests notes.
And the Baltimore Free Store "sets up occasional free markets around the city where people can pick up items for no money at all," so you might find useful things for your house or apartment. (Probably not hefty furniture, though. The Free Store website says it's not accepting donations of large furniture at the moment.)
If you've got the other sort of house problem -- too much stuff -- then you can donate rather than take.
Have you any other free or close-to-free suggestions for homeowners and apartment dwellers? Do share.