When asked about hidden gems at Hopkins, many students will be quick to sing the praises of UniMini mozzarella sticks and dirty chai lattes from Brody café. However, after finishing my last final and becoming an official upperclassman, I can make the argument for another diamond-in-the-rough of the Hopkins community: Free and For Sale.
Free and For Sale is a Facebook group within the Hopkins network where people sell everything you could ever think of. Everything from homemade air-conditioning systems to pets and plants and more can be found on this virtual yard sale.
Finishing sophomore year marks not only the end of being an underclassman but also the end of living in university housing. Luckily, there is no shortage of apartment buildings and houses around campus, and my roommates and I found a great apartment right above One World Café, a brunch favorite. Our apartment, however, did not come furnished.
Luckily, that’s where Free and For Sale came in.
With graduation quickly approaching, many seniors are currently in the process of cleaning out their houses/apartments/places of residence and selling their furniture to other undergrads in need of a moderately comfortable futon.
The process of buying goes something like this:
- See someone’s post about selling something you need/want/ could see yourself sitting upon for the next 2 years
- Message that person
- Go look at it
- Negotiate a price
- High-five and congratulate yourself for doing something vaguely adult-like
Think that sounds too good to be true?
Well, it kind of is.
Based on where the piece of furniture currently resides, transporting it may become a bit complicated.
Some things are easy, like the cool $5 chair my roommate Sarah and I bought from JHU_Joseph. The chair was light/ small enough that we could move it from his house to our suite in Charles Commons with relative ease.
Moving our coffee tables from The Charles to our new apartment, on the other hand, was a completely different story, and the ninety-degree temperature and judgmental looks from passersby in their cars didn’t help our case much either.
Luckily, while our experience moving furniture has served as a reminder that I should probably go to the gym more, it has been nothing like that episode of Friends with the couch.
But overall, Free and For Sale has been the real MVP of helping us furnish our new digs, making the transition from on-campus to off-campus housing just a little easier.