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How To Frugally Decorate Your House On A Very Tight Budget.

Although I don’t really care too much about having designer this or fashionable that in my house, we do like to live comfortably within our means, and we are not above buying used furniture to accommodate our lifestyle! Over the years we have bought used tables and lamps at consignment shops and garage sales, saving ourselves a ton of money in the process. Why buy a new hardwood dining table at a store like Pottery Barn, when you might be able to get something just as well made (or better) second hand? It’s wood and nails – no need to buy new if you don’t need to! So giving some thought to decorating your house on a budget, I put together this list of places to check out before your next shopping trip!

Sources For Used And Cheap Furniture

  • Ebay
  • Craigslist
  • Freecycle
  • The Salvation Army
  • Goodwill Stores
  • Pennysaver
  • Your Local Newspaper
  • Garage Sales/Tag Sales

  • Sources For Used And Not-So Cheap Furniture

  • Consignment Shops
  • Antique Stores
  • Estate Sales
  • Sources For New But Inexpensive Furniture

  • IKEA
  • Overstock.com
  • Ebay
  • Cost Plus World Market
  • Target
  • Costco
  • Check out your area for warehouse stores. There was a store in L.A. called Identity Craft that is in a warehouse. You can custom order any of the upholstered furniture in any style and everything is made right in downtown Los Angeles. We ordered our couches from there and it took 6 weeks to get them but it saved us about 50% of the cost of the same type of stuff at Pottery or Restoration Hardware.
  • Another good way to get a deal is to try to find out who makes the furniture that is being sold at the big-box stores…and try to contact them directly. It might be hard to do, but if you dig deep enough you might find the information that you need.
  • Local Craftspeople in your community that might like to build you something and get paid for it.

  • If you like to shop frugally for your home, where do you go first? Let everyone know in the comments!

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    1. Start-Up says:

      You forgot my favorite method of collecting cheap (FREE) furniture, garbage picking. There are usually two days of the year when you can put out as much trash as you want without getting fined. It usually coincides with spring cleaning and post Christmas. I’ve seen and picked up very nice pieces of furniture including TVs.

    2. david says:

      And the day after college kids move out of the dorms!

    3. Annie Jones says:

      Almost every piece of furniture in our home was purchased used or given to us by family members. We did buy our Sleep Number bed and Kat’s mattress new, and our dinette set was new, but that’s it.

      Garage sales and craigslist seem to yield the best furniture for us.

    4. Lauren says:

      I have practically furnished my entire apartment with Craigslist finds. They never let me down. A few months ago, I found a mid-century modern sideboard (that I could probably hock for at least a grand) on Craigslist for $125.

      I’m also a big fan of estate sales – even though sometimes they can be a bit morbid.

    5. Bobbi says:

      Don’t forget the Habitat for Hmanity re-store!

    6. david says:

      Good one Bobbi, I should have remembered that as I just stopped in there the other day!

    7. Debbie M says:

      Thinking of where I actually got my stuff, I’d have to recommend the following:
      * hand-me-downs and rejects from family, friends, old roommates, and even people who used to live where you just moved but never cleaned the place when they left; people give away stuff when they move and when they want to replace perfectly good things with new and improved things. Make sure you let people know what you admire. I occasionally have told someone never to throw away particular things (more as a compliment than as begging). I have had friends give me things they have made themselves with their own hands when they move or change decor preferences.
      * presents – sometimes when people see that you are missing something, they give it to you as a present. A friend framed a new print I got. A roommate made me a shelf with a hanging pole in my garage. My mom got me a down comforter.
      * thrift stores, garage sales, and discount stores, as mentioned above.
      * re-use – calendars have some really nice (if small) prints; a coffee table can be a bench; you can start with patio furniture and move that outside when you can afford better furniture; blankets can be tablecloths; a bookshelf can be a headboard (instead of bedside tables); sheets can be curtains

    8. Bobby Curtis says:

      Like Debbie said hit all those great places and save money. later when you can afford more, still be frugal. I dont buy expensive art I make it or have it made in a less expensive way, like this.

    9. Lauren says:

      @ Bobby Curtis – just checked out Canvas Press. Thanks for sharing! That’s a really cool idea and it’s not incredibly expensive either.

    10. Nice post!

      Appreciate the links and that the word “frugal” doesn’t seem to carry to the stigma it once did. Saving money is saving money -no matter what avenue your travel to get the savings. Not only do I like finding a bargain when looking for used furniture – more often than not I end up finding a treasure that can hardly be bought new. Once found kitchen chairs 4 for a buck. Worked a bit with my dad to restore the chairs. My dad’s gone now but the twenty five cent chairs are still here and I think of him everytime we sit down to dinner.

      Thanks for the other great resources.

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      Wow. Thanks for the list. I wonder where I can buy stylish but cheap canterburys or magazine stands…

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