Whether you just bought your first house or you’re a student moving into a new apartment, you probably don’t want to spend a fortune furnishing the new place. It can be hard to find quality furniture at low prices, but it’s not impossible. Here are five of the best places to get furniture—new and used—at prices you won’t regret paying.
Your relatives’ garages
If you prefer to spend as close to nothing as possible, here’s your best chance of getting something free. Ask your aunts, grandparents, third cousins, and great uncles if you can have a look around that cluttered basement or attic. There’s probably something hidden away that hasn’t been used or missed in years, and you might just be able to give it new life in your own home.
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Yard or garage sales
Yard sales are just a way for people to get rid of the things that they don’t want or need any longer and potentially make a few dollars while doing it. This means that money isn’t typically the priority, which means super low prices! Plus, you can always negotiate. If you see a filing cabinet for sale that you really want, but notice that the $50 asking price is just too much, then talk to the seller. Point out the rust inside the middle drawer or explain that your budge is $30. Chances are, he’ll appreciate the chance to get rid of it for any amount of money.
Thrift stores have a lot more to offer than ugly Christmas sweaters. Large ones like Goodwill and the Salvation Army will always have a section of the store dedicated to furniture, and they don’t typically take anything that’s not in good condition, so you can count on finding something that won’t break the second you go to use it. The best thing about purchasing a piece from a thrift store is that the money you spend will go to a good cause.
One of the internet’s many wonders is eBay, which has been around for a while now, but isn’t often the first place you go to look for anything other than an iPhone to replace the one whose screen you shattered last week. But there’s actually an entire part of the website dedicated to furniture. The prices are super low, even on furniture in new condition, and you can often get free shipping. eBay is definitely not a resource to forget about as you search for the cheapest office chair or coffee table.
Craigslist is my favorite resource on this list for a number of reasons. First, it’s always available. Yard sales only pop up every once in a while, but Craigslist is like a huge online yard sale that’s running all the time. Second, you can find almost anything, from hedgehogs looking for new homes to car parts you can’t get anywhere else. As long as people are buying new couches or bookshelves, they’ll have old ones—and often in great condition—that they no longer want. Prices on Craigslist are low, and most sellers are willing to negotiate. Last summer, I bought an old Schwinn bicycle in perfect condition for only $150, much lower than the original asking price of $250!
The challenge of furnishing a new place is a tough one, but if you give the internet or the idea of used furniture a chance, you can overcome that obstacle and relax (on the comfy new couch you found on eBay). And for those of you who aren’t necessarily in need of new furniture, but would like a new project, finding cheap furniture and upcycling it to give it your own original flair can be fun! You might even find that the Goodwill bookshelf you just painted looks even better in your living room than the one you already had.
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