I recently made a cross country move from Alaska to Idaho and it was too expensive to bring my furniture with me. So, I had to furnish my home all over again. Now, I wish that I could have bought all new furniture but that wasn’t an option, so instead I looked for gently used furniture.
I have to admit I had a blast shopping for used furniture. I found so many cool things, and on top of that, the prices fit my budget! I also don’t feel bad if I bought something and it doesn’t work out because I didn’t spend very much money on it, and I can easily resell it!
Here are my top six picks for furnishing a home on a budget:
1. Craigslist: You can find great bargains on Craigslist. Keep your eyes peeled every day and you won’t believe what you can find. I bought high quality Broyhill dressers and end tables for a song. I found that using search terms such as “coffee table” for the piece of furniture you are looking for and brand names such as “Pier 1” yield the best results.
2. Facebook: I belong to several buying and selling groups on Facebook including Treasure Valley Used Furniture: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TreasureValleyUsedFurnitureBST/, and Meridian, Boise, Kuna, buy/sell/trade: https://www.facebook.com/groups/503502369713418/. It can take some time buying this way, much like Craigslist, because you need to wait for someone to post something to sell. But, it is often well worth the wait. You can also make “in-search-of” (ISO) posts and see if anyone has anything you need for sale.
3. Thrift stores: You wouldn’t believe the kind of furniture you can pick up in thrift stores. I bought lamps, end tables, mirrors, bar stools, paintings and my solid wood King bed (which was only $100!) My favorite thrift stores for furniture finds are Deseret Industries, Idaho Youth Ranch, Salvation Army and Goodwill. These are places you need to check regularly as their stock changes frequently and the good things go fast.
4. Restore Stores: Habitat for Humanity has several “restore” stores in Boise and these are places where you can also find great deals. I found a new ceiling fan here as well as a screen door. They also have cabinets, plumbing, paint, carpet, tile and much more. http://www.habitat.org/restores
5. Up-cycled or vintage furniture stores: One of my favorite places to visit is Mustard Seed Home Décor and More. Their products are generally refurbished, and prices start as low as $3 and nothing in store is more than $500. Another great place for finds is the Boise Bench Commission. They update their Facebook page almost daily.
6. Discount stores: Ross/TJ Maxx, Home Goods, Tuesday Morning, and Marshalls are places where I’ve purchased most of my home decor, curtains and pillows. You can usually get photos, mirrors, pillows and more for greatly reduced price from regular department stores.