I found this great new site called Freecycle. You simply sign up (for free), and then you get regular emails from people living near you that are either offering or asking for items for free. There have been all kinds of great things so far (although I have yet to get one). I've seen TONS of baby items, furniture, a sattelite radio, poinsettias, books, toys, clothes, a wine rack, fake Christmas trees...it's pretty cool. The theory behind all of it is that they are keeping trash out of the landfills, which sounds like a good idea to me.
You should check it out! www.freecycle.org