Home Furniture – Where to Find the Best Bargains

Buying new furniture can be a very expensive task. As with many things in life, you get what you pay for. Cheap, mass produced furniture generally looks exactly that – cheap. Instead of blowing your budget on a brand new living room set, it’s worth considering mixing up your purchases.

Had you considered purchasing a few classic pieces, and then mixing things up with some really nice second hand pieces? It makes sense that your bed and couches will be the most expensive. After all, you will use them the most. Aside from those main items though, here are some tips to help you find some affordable yet decent furniture.

eBay – You will need to invest a lot of time to find exactly what you want, but eBay remains to this day one of the best places to find great second hand furniture. Just be sure to check the Seller’s rating and feedback if you are new to online auctions and are feeling a little nervous about the transaction.

Local shops – Local junk shops can turn into absolute goldmines for second hand furniture. In many cases, the items they hoard will never be found in a brochure or advertised on the internet. Whenever you are away on holidays, make sure you visit some new ones – you never know what you might find. This is also a great opportunity to haggle until it hurts in order to get the lowest prices.

Antiques Markets – These markets are a great opportunity to talk directly to the carpenter or craftsman who is selling their unique wares. This is especially helpful if you want something custom made or a slight alteration. Again, you are in a good position to haggle for a bargain here.

Leave the Big City – Prices are always inflated in the city. If you live somewhere like New York or London, take a road trip and visit the local shops in another smaller town outside the city limits.

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