Here are a few furniture bargains that will help you get the most out of your budget.
Free items: Free items can be found almost anywhere if you know where to look. Craigslist.com is a site where you can find classified ads offering old furniture that people may be giving away or just charging a minimal charge for. If you are willing to put in a little time, picking up free furniture can be a productive hobby. You can then refinish or restore these old pieces to use or resell.
Model furniture: There are many property management companies that sell off their model furniture when they are done showcasing a home or condo. If you happen to see new models being set up in your area, stop by the office and inquire if they will be selling the furniture soon. This is a great time to get items that have that brand new look for a big discount. Remember, these items have been lightly used, and may have slight damage from the high volume of traffic.
Damaged Items: Most stores will have items that become damaged during transport and they hold on to these to sell later to discount stores like Marshalls or TJMaxx. To save time and money visit your local furniture store and ask the sales clerk about their “dent room” or damaged items.
Flea markets: Flea markets generally offer quality furniture that is sturdy and durable at an affordable price. Flea markets also showcase vintage items, which make it the perfect place to look for a classic, long lasting piece of furniture.
Years ago, furniture used to be made out of solid wood and good craftsmanship. Today, costs have been cut and furniture is mass produced, making it more prone to breaking easier and less resilient to wear and tear. You may have to visit a flea market several times to find a piece that you like, but with the amount of furniture that is available, it will be easy to find a solid piece of furniture that fits with your décor, for a fraction of the price.