I’m ready for an apartment…

A few weeks ago, I walked down one of the side streets in Bloomington at night and saw into this girls apartment.

Her apartment looked so warm and comfortable. If I was sick, having a couch like hers would be very inviting.

I want a couch on which to cuddle under my Log Cabin Blanket. I want to be able to make grilled cheese sandwiches and have a whole cabinet for all of my mugs and my teas.

And I’m finally done living in dorms. Finally.

Here in NYC (yep, I made it, more to come later), I finally have an apartment. But since I flew here, my roomie and I didn’t bring more than the bare minimals. I expected our apartment to be an example of extreme minimalism.

But, that’s not the case! You see, all these Columbia students are moving out – and throwing away perfectly nice things. So, Rachel and I put up a sign asking people to call us if they were tossing certain items (someone gave her a guitar. Seriously!) and walked around the buildings grabbing stuff that we liked from trash piles.
Free futon!

Two girls gave us this futon! It’s going to be perfect for when people come and visit me!

Then, we got a whole bunch of kitchen stuff from this kid on our floor who was moving out – his mom totally hooked us up

Free Kitchen stuff

The wok – is in perfect condition!  We’ve also gotten our hands on a gorgeous rug, 7 posters and some awesome storage bins.  When we’re all moved and settled into the apartment we’ll be in for the summer, I’ll post pics of everything.  It’ll be far more cozy that I thought it was going to be!

Today, I’m off to the MoMA!

7 Responses to “I’m ready for an apartment…”


  1. 1 Emilee May 18, 2007 at 10:06 am

    I’m happy to see that you’ve resurfaced safely. That’s awesome that you were able to score so much free stuff. One’s first apartment is so exciting.

  2. 2 kmkat May 18, 2007 at 1:59 pm

    My son just graduated from NYU last week. He and his two freshman roommates got a ton of stuff their first year by checking the cast-offs and trash piles that autumn: desk chair, coffee table, area rug, other chairs. What a great way to recycle!

    My most favoritest day of our trip to NYC for his graduation was the afternoon I spent @ MoMA. For one thing, it is the only museum I have ever been in that allows photographs — wow! And as a knitter, I found myself studying the colors in the older moderns on the top floor, mentally designing sweaters using their color combinations. Steal from the best, I always say🙂

  3. 3 Katie K May 18, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    The Metropolitan Museum also allows photographs except in special exhibitions. I think the Natural History does, too. So MOMA isn’t the only one.

    Welcome to New York City, Nicole, by the way! Need any insider’s info, just email me.

  4. 4 Roni May 18, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    Yay!!! You’re back….and you made to NY. Looks like you’re getting all settled in! How exciting.

    I am happy to report that the plan is still in place (though the day is still unknown) for my trip into the city!!! I leave next Friday for Philly, I’ll have to get with my friend who’s meeting me there and we’ll look at the lecture schedule and then pick a day that we can ditch!!! weeee then off we go to NYC. I will send you an e-mail as soon as I know which day and hopefully that will work with your schedule as well. If nothing else, you have to eat lunch right?🙂
    It will not be the 26th or the 31st I know that, but it will be one day in between those dates!

    Happy scavenging….very nicely done by the way. ( I could scour the streets around the University here for ya if you’d like! hehehehe) What are you still lacking for your apt.?

  5. 5 Roni May 19, 2007 at 8:14 pm

    ps….I’m tagging you for a meme….check out my blog for the particulars!!! Happy weekend!!!

  6. 6 Carol May 21, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    what great swag! and for nothing. Fabulous!

  7. 7 Karrie May 21, 2007 at 8:18 pm

    You know about Craigslist, right? And Freecycle? Cool people with free stuff will give it away there and you can snatch it! Congrats on your free goodies!! Starting with a blank slate is nice.


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