Planning a move or recently moved and realizing you may not actually have enough furniture for your new place? While we often see people who need to get rid of items that won’t fit in their new home, it is also common to move into a new space and realize you have, well, a lot of extra space to fill.
After covering the costs of your new home and related moving costs, you might find that your bank account won’t quite cover the cost of retail prices at your favorite furniture stores. In fact, you might not even have a budget for a little while. However, do not despair! There are plenty of places to score free or super affordable furniture to furnish your new home.
1. Local Facebook Groups
In many ways, the personal nature of Facebook has overtaken Craigslist as THE place to source affordable new or gently used household items from your neighbors. You will find plenty of your neighbors are getting rid of quality items for very little—and you can even post things you’re looking for to see if anyone has anything they would like to sell you. Terms to know and use: “ISO” means “in search of” and you should use it when you’re looking for a specific item, i.e., “ISO brown leather ottoman”. “EUC” means “excellent used condition” and should pretty much mean the item is nearly new without any noticeable damage or use. “GUC” and “UC” mean “gentled used condition” and “used condition”, which signify the item likely shows more wear and tear. Don’t forget, you can negotiate—and there are new items added all the time!
2. Online Shopping Plug-Ins
If you have your heart set on buying a particular item, you will need to get a little more creative with your search. However, there are several Chrome extensions that can help you find the best deals. Try out Honey, which will find available discount codes and deals from the site any time you’re on a shopping or checkout page—meaning no more worrying that you are missing the best deal. And ShopGenius, another plug-in, will let you know if there are other stores selling the same item for a lower price.
3. Garage Sales and Thrift Shops
Another tried and true method is checking out local garage sales and thrift shops for deals on furniture and household items. You may need to get creative with repurposing furniture or refurbishing items. However, with a little creativity and elbow grease, you may be able to turn a scratched old chest into a gorgeous refinished coffee table. Think big and get creative with your ideas to turn items into your own.
4. Upgrade Cheaper New Furniture Pieces To A High End Look
If garage sales aren’t your thing but you’re still feeling creative, simple Ikea hacks can help you take basic, affordable pieces and turn them into one-of-a-kind pieces with your personality and décor identity in mind. There are too many to list but PopSugar often keeps a running list of Ikea hacks that even the least creative and skilled of homeowners can tackle easily.