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Starting from Scratch - Oh My Goods!

Bookcase, one of the few items we started with...

I’m always saying that if you don’t have a lot of money, it is best to plan out and prioritize what you will get for your home.  This is what I have to do and it can work really well.  I want to talk about buying furniture, whether new or used and considering the various uses for them. The first step is to not be so anxious….you don’t “need” anything right away.  I know it’s hard, especially when you are really excited and it’s your first place and your house is empty.

The only things we had when we moved into our house were 2 beds, my desk and dresser, his dresser, antique file box, an old sewing machine table………and wedding gifts (kitchen items, gift cards, and checks!).  So, I made a “priority” list and started the search on Craigslist.  Some of the first things I bought via garage sales and Craigslist were: a bookcase, a table, a pullout sofa, and dining chairs.  These purchases happened AFTER, I made a list of, not only the object, but the style as well.  Take time to search through magazines and look online; save pictures and create a sketch and layout for your rooms.  Then, when you are looking for your furniture, have your pictures handy and try to find items with a similar “look and feel” of those photos.  For me, we found our sofa on Craigslist after a couple of weeks and we selected that particular one because of it’s shape, it’s measurements, and for the fact that it was a pullout.  The color wasn’t exactly what I wanted, but I can work with it now or I can get a slipcover, then when I save enough money, I can re-upholster.  This is a sofa that I want to keep for life because it is very sturdy, made with real wood, and it’s shape is timeless.  Keep these various factors in mind for all the items you select for your home.  Patience is the key!

What were the first items you purchased for your place?

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