It is possible to get free stuff using Craigslist. They have a section which lists free items that are given away at no cost. Lots of furniture is listed as free. Other items are sold at large discounts for you.
Even if you don’t like the item you can easy re-sell it for pure profit. It is a win/win situation. Another good thing is they usually have a list for your particular city so you can work with local people.