When I was in high school, my dad bought me a cheap, used car to get around in, and my mom flipped out. She simply doesn't believe in used goods. I love her to death, but I firmly disagree with the notion that cheap is bad.
With today's economy and idiot insurance companies who're using bailout money to pay employees bonuses, grrrr cheap is chic. Cheap is smart.
But what's smarter? Free.
FreeNapkin.com is a great site to find FREE stuff, some of it vintage (like a Scooby Doo lunchbox), some of it warm and cuddly (like kittens), some of it kind of odd (like a hydroponic system). It's very similar to Craigslist, in that it's organized by states and people post up items they want to get rid of.