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I would LOVE something like the Elfa freestanding drawers, etc but can't afford them. I bought a cheap knock off from Closet Maid at Target but when I took it out of the box, the ends were all rusty and there was red dust everywhere.
So, I need another solution. I want either metal, wood or some other natural material. (no plastic!).

So, anyone know where I can get some CHEAPLY. I'm talking REAL cheap (under $50 each).

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Is there a used-furniture shop in your area? They have nice stuff at good prices. It's like a thrift shop - you have to dig, but if you look hard, you can usually find something.
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I was going to suggest a thrift store, or used furniture store as well.
Or what about your local thrifty nickle, or craiglist, or even yard sales?
Ikea has some cheaper storage options too.

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What are you needing to store? Will you need to be able to get to these things on a daily basis or only once in a while? I store out of season clothes in a large piece of luggage (which is great b/c the luggage sits empty otherwise). T-shirts, etc. that DH will not get rid of go into large bins stored under the bed, but you asked for no plastic. I use a couple of wicker baskets for toy storeage.
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We have 2 thrift stores near here but they are really gross. Yard sales may take forever...I need these things YESTERDAY! LOL.
I need to store all sorts of things. I want one for the hall closet and my br closet. And one for ds's room.
Some will store tools, gadgets, household stuff (not dangerous stuff).
One will store art supplies, paper, etc.
One will store paper, art supplies, puzzles/toys.

Ikea is about 40 min from me but it's a relatively new store so they are usually packed. Plus, if I go there with ds in the car, I won't really have much room for the boxes. Tricky situation. And I do not know of anyone with a bigger car. heh.
I probably will end up going to Ikea but they may be more pricey.

Gotta go.......ds is not playing by himself very well today. sigh.
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Would you be willing to go the plastic route for some of the smaller things?
I used the the smaller plastic containers with lids for all of our arts/crafts stuff, as well as random household things like scissors, tape, batteries, dog brushes, lint rollers etc.
I labeled them, and they stack great on the closet shelves.
How about cardboard boxes? I think you can buy some around shoe box size that might work like the plastic containers.
I'm not sure where you'd find them though? Maybe the container store?

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NO PLASTIC! I have plastic now and I'm trying to get away from it. I want something with drawers so that it is easy to use and so ds can handle it.
If I have to go with something without drawers, then I am thinking an unfinished wood bookcase and then just use seagrass or other natural baskets.
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