Our new home is a beast that literally eats furniture. Given its size and the sheer number of pieces that we have needed to pick up, keeping on budget has been a must. Here are some ways that we pinched some pennies and still filled the bulk of our home.
Paint Everything First: Paint has magic powers I swear. You can completely change the look and feel of a room with one weekends worth of work.
Estate Sales: are amazing. In truth, sometimes they are a dud. But sometimes you get 10 dining room chairs for $100.00. Tip: many estate sales run over the course of a couple of days. They are usually more than willing to give you a way better deal on the last day of the sale (but if there is a special item you are after, you may want to scoop it up on day one).
Used Office Furniture stores: sound awful. But, give them a shot! We picked up a vintage office chair for $20.00 – the frame was amazing – fabric was gross. We had it recovered. It looks amazing. Used office furniture stores also tend to have things like side tables, sometimes harvest tables and cool looking cabinets.
Garage Sales: I am not going to lie, you are going to look at a lot of garbage. But, you are very likely to find one or two unique items and you are going to get them for $5.00! Or the desk ( pictured above) for $50.00. You just never know.
They key is to not be too picky about where you shop. You never know what gems you will find.