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I’ve never bought a new piece of furniture.
Let me re-phrase that:
I have never bought a new piece of furniture.
Everything we have was either gifted or thrifted. That also extends to the art on our walls. Additionally, I’ve never spent more than $100 on a piece of furniture.
Being a mom of several very small children with a tendency to run around in the backyard barefoot and then come in and rub their feet all over the furniture, spending large quantities of money on furniture (or even going into debt for furniture) would be nothing short of madness. Spending little on furniture means replacing things can happen more frequently. I want to be someone who puts people before things, and I want my children to be able to enjoy our home – without costing me a ton of money in ruining expensive furniture! We have had 3 different couches since we’ve moved in and we have been in this house only 4 years. Don’t think we just set them by the side of the road – we often sell them for the same price as our “new” furniture, meaning that an upgrade and a fresh start with a new couch is, get this, FREE.
Additionally, its recycling. And recycling is a good thing!
Don’t think you have to sacrifice quality when buying second hand. Often you are able to buy higher quality items than you’d be able to if purchasing them new. Case in point, my 2 Ethan Allen chairs that I love so much. These chairs originally sold for around $600 each. I brought them home for $75…for the pair.
Its important to go out and look, but only buy something if you absolutely love it or need it. Often I’ll be on the market for an upgrade in something but it will take me a month or so to find something that I want to purchase. Take your time.
Where do I find deals?
Thrift Stores – Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc.
http://www.craigslist.com – find a classifieds in your area. Check it frequently. I also sell my items on this site when I am finished with them.
Kiwanis – in a neighboring town, we have a weekly Kiwanis sale. You can usually barter here quite easily and find some nice things. Our current couch and my E A chairs were purchased here. They also have lamps, art, pretty much anything.
Frugal, earth friendly, simple, frequent upgrades. What’s not to like?