Buying used furniture is no excuse to have a less than fabulous living space. Some of the most expensive furniture pieces are used (antiques)!! There are an abundance of options when it comes to selecting inexpensive furniture, however you will need to weigh the pros and cons. I tend to buy second hand more than “cheap” new furniture, because many times, ridiculously inexpensive items are of really poor quality and are not worth buying. Getting an older, second hand item, if old enough, may be comprised of sturdier materials and better craftsmanship. Inspection is required though–that is always a rule of thumb! Even if you just need something temporary, it is still worth putting a little effort in now, for a big payoff later.
So if you don’t have a big budget for furnishings or decorations for your house, it is always best to do a little pre-planning and preparation. Write out the things that are on your mind–what do you want for your space? Afterwards–be it immediately afterwards or a few days later, rate what you’ve written down in order of priority and price points for each item. Remember, time is money, sometimes you will have to check Craigslist every day for two months before you find that perfect coffee table. Another cool perk about decorating with used items is getting something that is more unique and memorable and that perhaps has a cool, quality to it that screams your style or personality. The ultimate goal is to create a home that conveys who you are, don’t just settle for a new cheap plastic thing…find the cute wooden one that you can grow with you.
What’s the best deal you’ve gotten on an item you love?