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
The Salvation Army
Your Local Newspaper
Garage Sales/Tag Sales
Sources For Used And Not-So Cheap Furniture
Sources For New But Inexpensive Furniture
Cost Plus World Market
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!