Finding furniture for your space can be difficult especially when you have a budget to stick to. The key to locating those special items can be within your reach, if you know where to look for them and are willing to put in the time and effort. Think outside of the box when it comes to sourcing potential pieces. Here are seven places to start your treasure hunt.
1. Auction Bargain
If you think auctions are just for those who have money to burn on museum quality pieces, think again. There are a number of auctions out there that cater to a variety of tastes and budgets. Be sure to do your homework beforehand by checking the online preview or catalog to see what you might be interested in. Don’t get carried away and forget your budget! Remember, if there is a large piece you are hoping to acquire, you’ll need a large vehicle to transport it.
2. Garage Sale Finds
“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” That’s what garage sales are all about. You’re chances are finding smaller pieces and accessories are better than finding a dining table or sofa. Start your search early in the morning and use your negotiating skills. Beware, it will take time to go from sale to sale. Remember, cash is king!
3. Estate Sale Savings
Keep an eye out for moving sales or estate sales as you can score some good deals on large pieces of furniture. Be sure to arrive early and don’t be shy about haggling for a better bargain than the price being asked for.
4. Antique Store Score
Don’t let the word ‘antique’ scare you away. Just because you come upon an antique store doesn’t mean everything in there is a collectible with a hefty price tag. Take your time and have a good look through the collection and you might just find that gem you have been looking for.
5. Resale Shop Stop
Resale shops offer gently used items at discount prices. Take inventory of the resale stores in your area. Visit often. Get to know staff and tell them what you are looking for and ask if they can call you when a piece that could work in your space comes through their door.
6. Online Options
There are so many businesses popping up online it seems like you don’t have to leave your home any more to do your shopping. Check out online furniture retailers as many offer an assortment of furniture at reasonable prices. As a bonus, many have free shipping. Double check to make sure it’s a reputable company you are dealing with. Remember, be aware of their return policy just in case you need to return or exchange your item.
7. Store Model Sell Off
Just because there are so many other options available to find bargain furniture, it doesn’t mean you can’t walk away with a deal from a retail store. Ask your favourite home decor or furniture store if they sell off floor models at reduced prices.
Do you have any tips for finding furniture while on a budget? Did you decorate your space with bargain finds? We’d like to know.