FreeCycle.org and Craigslist.org offer listings of free used items within local communities. Listia.com is a website which also offers a mobile application for iPhone users that offers free used items in addition to items for sale by private sellers.
To access listings for free items on FreeCycle.org, type the name of your city and state within the Find A Group Near You search form, and click the Go button. After selecting your city from the list, browse through free offers on the site by narrowing the results using the Offers tab at the top. To reply to a seller's post, sign up to become a member of the site.
On Craigslist.org, navigate to your state, and select a city of residence. Under the For Sale column, click on the Free link. To look for specific items, type the general item, such as "bed frame," in the search bar at the top of the page. To narrow results according to title, photo availability or locality, use the check boxes in the left column. Contact the seller by selecting the Reply button at the top of the page.
Visit Listia.com, where users are granted free bidding credits upon signing up. After using their free credits, buyers have the option to purchase more credits. Log in through Facebook or manually create an account, and search for particular items in the search bar. Bid on items by selecting an item of interest, and clicking the Bid Now button. A Listia application is also downloadable from the iTunes store.