We all need items of furniture, but we don’t want to be paying off accounts our whole lives! Many items in furniture warehouses and department stores come with a high price tag, but with some savvy shopping you can find ways to furnish your house or workplace beautifully for less.
Be a sales hawk
Big price tags can mean big savings! Furniture stores are always having sales on various items so, as a rule, agree not to buy anything unless it is on sale. Rather wait until you find a good deal. The newspaper always comes filled with furniture brochures and flyers showing the items on sale at different furniture shops, and you can also visit various furniture dealers’ websites to see the latest sales listings.
A sure-fire way to find discounts and bargains on furniture is to shop the used furniture market. There may be some hit and miss involved, but if you are willing to put in some time and effort you can find high quality used furniture for a fraction of the price of new items. There are many places you can look for used furniture bargains:
Tip #1: Flea markets
Some flea markets have huge sections dedicated to used furniture. While you are there, you can also source out decor and furniture accompaniments. It’s worth researching the flea market beforehand to see if they regularly offer used furniture.
Be warned: it is easy to spend more than you bargained for a flea market so be sure to set a strict budget to curb any unnecessary spending. Inspect each piece carefully and decide whether it will fit into the overall decor of your home. Many market purchases are final, so you need to be very sure that you are buying the right items.
Tip #2: Garage Sales and Yard Sales
Why keep up with the Joneses when you can buy all their old stuff?
Garage sales are a great place to hunt out items that would work in your home, and you are also able to ask the actual owner about how best to care for the furniture piece. Who knows, you may even hear an interesting story behind it and buy an item that doubles up as a conversation piece?
Remember that garage sale prices are set more or less at random by the seller, so don’t be afraid to haggle and bargain them down to a price that works for you and your budget. But remember that returns and refunds are likely not an option, as sales are final!
Tip #3: Classifieds
Good ol’ Gumtree, as well as other newspaper and online classifieds are a great source for used furniture. Before you pay for anything, however, be sure to see and inspect the items first to make sure that you are paying a fair price. Watch newspapers for estate sales, where entire roomfuls of furniture are sold at discount rates. And the best part is that the whole room is already coordinated for you!
Dare to DIY
Furniture that is ready to assemble and comes in flat packs has come a long way from what it used to be. Buying furniture this way can often save you a lot of money, as you are required to do the assembly work yourself. It also makes transporting furniture a lot easier, and you can likely do it yourself rather than paying for delivery. If you choose to go this route, investing in an electric screwdriver can go a long way in easing any DIY dilemmas.
Wander to the warehouse
Remember that discount warehouse stores such as Game and Makro aren’t only for bulk purchases and last minute Christmas presents. These and similar warehouse stores often sell high quality furniture items at much lower prices than specialist furniture retailers. They also have regular (usually weekly) sales, so watch out for any not-to-be missed bargains.
Bonus tip for buying discount furniture
Remember that when buying used furniture and buying items on sale, refunds and returns can be limited so you need to be sure that you are making the right purchase. Measure the space that you have and make sure that whatever you find would fit in the space you have. Also make sure that the item matches the other furniture in the room and that it is in good working condition.