Furnishing a new home is exciting, though it can also feel financially daunting. Whether it’s your first time living on your own or you are moving in with a new roommate or significant other, there’s no need to drop major dough. Here, we will go over how to furnish a new space on a budget.
Set a Budget
First and foremost, set a budget. This will determine how much you can spend on furnishings. Budgeting is essential to being able to pay for needs and save for wants.
You may be surprised at the variety of furniture available at thrift stores and on thrift websites that offer everything from modern furniture to vintage styles. Be patient as you search for what you want. Some pieces may need restoration; only take on these projects if you have the capacity to do so.
Visit Estate Sales
You would be shocked at the amazing antiques, vintage pieces, and decor you can find at estate sales. You may discover treasures you never knew you needed! To find estate sales near you, visit estatesales.net, enter your zip code or city, and voilà! The site also allows you to filter by what you’re looking for.
Browse Online Marketplaces
Etsy, Facebook Marketplace, and Craigslist are great places to start your online furniture search. Gems can be found on all three sites – if you’re willing to take the time to look. Remember to stick to your budget and ask the seller about any concerns you may have.
Wander Flea Markets
Flea markets or swap meets can be fun. Some popular flea markets require entry tickets and, depending on the furniture and quality, prices can vary. Some pieces may not be in the best condition, but they can be cleaned up and painted. Other times, they may need to be completely refurbished or reupholstered. If you’re up for the challenge, it may be worth it!
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