Here are 5 places to shop for furniture that won’t break the bank:
This site gets a bad rap, but it’s really just the modern version of newspaper classifieds. It’s easy to spot a scam, on Craig’s List, if it looks too good to be true, it definitely is. But if you use your good judgement and patience you can find some real gems for not a lot of money. Can you say $20 mid-century modern coffee table? You don’t have to commit to buying anything, it’s totally reasonable to go see the item and walk away if it’s not in the condition you are expecting. Remember to bring cash!
If you have a free afternoon to hit the pavement, thrift stores can be a treasure trove. You aren’t guaranteed to find anything, but with some persistence you can find some pure gold. Many thrift stores don’t understand the true value of items and since they get all their inventory for free you’re bound to get a deal. Go in with an open mind and see what you can grab to update your home. Remember, almost anything can be painted.
Antique stores are a bit like thrift stores, it’s not a one-and-done type shopping trip but it’s amazing what you can find. The best thing about antique stores is that they don’t specialize in a time period, so if you love a 60s vibe or a mid-century mod look you’re likely to find something that suits you. Antique shops can be a bit pricey because the owners know the value of their merchandise and many pieces are refinished, but you can still find some great deals. Don’t be afraid to negotiate!
The Facebook Marketplace is the social media giant’s answer to Craig’s List, and it works. You can browse the Marketplace most easily through the Facebook app on a mobile device, and just like Craig’s List you can find it all. The best part is you can communicate via Facebook messenger so no exchanging of numbers is required. Facebook even has integrated payment features to make the transaction simpler. Remember, use your best judgement and steer clear of deals that are too good to be true.
Etsy is a craft fair and antique store on the internet, you can find almost anything, which has it’s pros and cons. Anyone with a computer can set up an Etsy store, so not everything is the best quality so it’s important to read the reviews before you make a purchase. Since there are so many seller’s on Etsy you have endless options for styles, quality and price. Browse around and see what you can find, and remember to keep the cost of shipping in mind!
The internet has brought us a lot of furniture shopping solutions, but you don’t need a computer to find a deal. Get shopping and see what you can find.