Plenty of students live in our neighborhood. They stay until their program at Penn or Drexel is completed, then they leave. Often, they put the entire contents of their apartment out on the curb. PennChristmas ensues.
The pile often includes well made 19th and early 20th century solid wood (oak, walnut and maple)furniture, which is likely in need of some repair, or needing a coat of paint, but free for the taking. It is often simply a matter of cleaning and glueing….free tables, chairs, bookcases…all courtesy of the departing students. Lots of this furniture has been in the neighborhood for a long time, and was likely made nearby. Lots of it is in our house.