A Quick Furniture Guide

This weekend I wanted to spend some time redecorating the ol' apartment, and I eventually found myself at a community art fair. As I meandered through endless rows of pottery, glass works, paintings, clothing and woodwork, I found booth that stood out. Among the painting frames and homemade objects stood a table made of a door from an old looking door. It was sturdy and even had those old styled nails with square heads. I offered $50 for it and now have an incredible coffee table and conversation piece in my living room. Moral of the story: apartment furniture doesn't have to be expensive to be awesome.

(not the same table, but close enough!)

Here are some other great places to find new furniture to fill out your pad:

1. Garage sales
I know what you're thinking, but you can find some serious gems at garage sales. Plus you might find an old NES or that vintage record you need to complete your collection.

(Look at all that bargaining!)

2. Craigslist
Craigslist can be a gamble, but again you can find some amazing items for a fraction of their reglar price. I recommend searching for well known brands while on Craigslist to ensure you know what you're buying (think Ikea and the like).

3. Local furniture stores
There is a great little furniture shop in my neighborhood that has unique items for a very reasonable price. Unlike a traditional furniture store that has a guaranteed number of specific items, these local stores often rotate depending on which items they just happen to have procured that week. This is also a great way to support the local community while simultaneously finding interesting furniture for the apartment.

4. Thrift stores
The beauty of thrift stores is all in the system. If you are afraid of using Craigslist or of perusing garage sales due to the possibility of getting "unreliable" furniture, try a thrift store. They check everything they sell to make sure it is clean, functional, and safe.

(Now who's a crafty consumer?)

5. The internet
If you have a specific piece of furniture in mind, use the internet to find the best price. Google around until for a few weeks until the best opportunity becomes available. Don't rush it, but take your time and wait for the best price. Sometimes a huge furniture warehouse will have a sale and drop the price by half, and they even ship!

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