Furniture Bargains on a Budget: How to Not Break the Bank

Partridge Hill - Thursday, September 24, 2015

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Whether you’re moving into your first new apartment here at Partridge Hill, or wanting to update what you already have, the need for furniture seems to be a continuous endeavor. The trick is that you want your home to look nicely furnished, but you don’t want to drain your bank account in the process. Believe it or not, you can find plenty of furniture bargains without sacrificing quality or taste. You just need some guidance on where to look.

Here are some suggestions for finding furniture on a budget:

Free Furniture

Yes, free furniture can be found, if you have the time and patience to search. Check the Internet. There are always people giving away furniture via online posts. This kind of quest can be a hit or miss, depending on what you’re looking for and how picky you are. But sometimes you can score a great table or nightstand that might need just a fresh coat of paint. Of course, you can expect to take care of the transport yourself, which is certainly a small price to pay for a free item. Ask around. Maybe your co-worker or neighbor has just bought a new couch and needs to re-home the old one. You can also use social media to put the word out that you’re looking for furnishings.

Flea Markets & Vintage Stores for the Win!

These places are a great source for discounted furniture. With so much mass-manufactured furniture made of particle board and plastic nowadays, it’s refreshing to walk into a shop filled with solid wood pieces constructed with good craftsmanship. A mahogany dresser from the 1960s might have a few nicks in the varnish, but it will last forever, and those marks are easy to take care of. Vintage pieces look great as they are, or you can modernize them with a simple refinishing job. Don’t be afraid to haggle a bit for a better deal.

Mine Thrift Stores for Furniture Treasures

Thousands of people donate furniture each day to thrift stores so there is constant inventory. If you’re lucky, you could score a practically new desk or sofa the first time around. Or it might take a few visits to find just what you’re looking for. The incredible prices though are surely worth your persistence.

Check Out Estate Sales & Yard Sales

You’ll have to set your alarm clock early to get dibs on the best pieces, but it can really pay off. It’s best to make a list of the most promising sales in the same vicinity and then hit as many as possible. Make sure you bring cash and a vehicle that will fit all your treasures. And, again, you can really benefit from haggling a little.

Discount Websites Can Be a Goldmine

There are plenty of discount retailers online that have warehouses of overstocked furniture they need to get rid of. What’s great about these sites is that you can spend hours scanning through furniture deals in the comfort of your own home. The downside is that you have to pay for shipping, but occasionally can score free or cheap shipping, even on large items.

Damaged or Display Items at Stores

Most furniture stores have a clearance room where they house items that are varying degrees of imperfect. It’s definitely worth perusing this selection as you could snag a couch that needs something as simple as a $10 leg to look as good as new, or a dresser that has a scratch that will be hidden anyway when it’s placed against a wall.

Following these shopping tips will provide a great amount of savings. But most importantly, have fun as you venture off to find these great furniture bargains!

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