People are spending less. That is no secret in this economy, where many people are choosing to avoid major purchases. There are some purchases, such as home furnishings, that do not have to be put on the back burner if shoppers simply take the time to explore available options.
First, change your mindset about pre-owned furniture. There is nothing wrong with used furniture. In fact, some furniture is like new when taking into consideration quality, how often it was used, and how well it was pampered. Remember great-grandma’s den couch covered in plastic? Rare used finds like that abound if you know where to look.
Furnishing a house or apartment can be a major expense, but if you check out these 10 tips they may help when searching for furniture on a budget. Happy hunting!
Online/Printed Newspaper Classifieds, Free Classified Circulars, Facebook, Craigslist — Go to the library and peruse the classified sections of the local newspapers, which patrons are permitted to read for free. Or get online and search classified websites for free. Watch out for free printed classified circulars that can be found around town. Don’t forget Craigslist offers users free access to search items people are selling. Just type in where you are located and click on furniture. You can also place a free ad letting people know that you will pick up any furniture they don’t want in exchange for not being charged. Why not post an entry on Facebook letting friends and relatives know what you need? They might charge less because they know you, or just might decide to be charitable and give you free furniture!
Thrift Stores – Many are associated with religious organizations that use profits to fund operating costs of missions work. Furniture is normally used, but some thrift stores sell a combination of new and used. Get a friend to cover ground on the days you are not browsing. Good deals go fast!
Houses of Worship — If you are a member of a church, synagogue, or mosque, place an ad in the newsletter and let fellow congregants know your needs. Did somebody say free!
Furniture Stores – Many mom and pop furniture stores have a used section and in that area you can find great deals on furniture that was once hotel décor. There are some furniture stores that have a discount back room where cheaper pieces of furniture can be purchased without breaking the bank. It does not hurt to ask.
Garbage Day — If you don’t know, research when garbage trucks run in your city. Don’t laugh, some people might believe this is beneath them but surprising finds can be discovered sitting on the curb. Now, many people who are known to participate in curb pick-ups only visit the affluent parts of town. I’ve personally heard stories of beautiful dining room chairs and tables, televisions and patio furniture set out like trash, although it was perfectly fine, nary a scratch. As the old saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Storage Warehouses — I’m not referring to “Storage Wars,” the popular reality television show on the A&E cable network. Sometimes, mostly weekends, these businesses sell unclaimed merchandise from storage units. There is no bidding because prices are already attached.
Antique Shops — You never know what kind of hidden jewels you might unearth in these establishments, many of which are usually filled to the gills. With most businesses experiencing a decrease in traffic, unbeatable deals might be yours for the asking.
Estate Sales — I have been to some impressive estate sales. Although prices are already determined for most furniture, there is always room for negotiation, unless it is an estate sale where an auction is involved.
Yard Sales — Most of the time anyone who has a yard sale won’t mind if you haggle over price. Just do it tactfully and show those pearly whites. You might be shocked just how much a good attitude can affect the bottom line.
Flea Market — This is another arena where negotiating for the best price is not an unheard practice. It can also be a place where custom-made furniture can be purchased for less than what you would pay at a pricey furniture store. Often vendors will give first-time customers a discount to keep them coming back.