While much of this is old hat to many of you, newbies might not know where to turn. Besides low-cost stuff at thrift shops, there are often internet resources for free stuff. Craig's List ( www.craigslist.org
) has a "free" subsection in their "for sale" area. While the main site is for the SF Bay area, if you have a look on the right side of the screen, there are links to many other cities. Some cities are more active than others, too.
is another site that tries to connect haves with wants.
Pabst Blue Ribbon - The beer that made Gerlach famous.