The best time to go dumpster-diving is during finals week at your local college dorms. OR, if you live in a tourist-town known for skiing, go at the end of ski (or whatever sport your area is known for) season. People throw away all kinds of things. I’ve found shelves, desks, TVs, all kinds of laundry baskets. You just have to be willing to clean and repurpose things. My fiance didn’t look very pleased with this chair when I brought it home, but now that it’s finished, he gets why I picked it up. Look for shapes that you like, because you can always paint or recover a piece.