What’s Up Young & Free?
Today for Thrifty Thursday we are going to talk about furnishing your apt. or house by thrifting.
I got married January and my husband and I moved into a house in Dearborn. We both had a few nice pieces of furniture that we had in our apartments before we got married but we didn't have enough stuff to fill the house! So, I took it upon myself to go hunting for some good, cheap furniture.
Encore Upscale Resale in Southfield became my best friend.
We got 1 dresser, 2 pull out couches, 1 china cabinet, a dining table with chairs, an office chair and an upholstered chair and side table for under 300 bucks. I got all of that furniture at 50% off the thrift store prices!
Here are a few rules to stick to when looking at thrift store furniture.
1. Know how much space you have to fill and look for sturdy pieces.
Don’t buy a couch that won’t fit through the front door! (That has happened but a different story...)
2. Look past the fabric and patterns.
Instead look at the shape, and the level of comfort the furniture has. I also smelled the furniture before I bought it…I didn't want to bring a stink bomb into my house. You can buy slip covers. I got my slip covers for about $20 online.
3. Do your research, imagine your decorated space.
I love pottery barn and west elm, however, there is no way I would be ok with paying their prices right now. I searched online and subscribed for their catalogs so I could be inspired and see the shapes and textures I liked. If you do your personal research, you will probably be able to find similar piece thrifting.
4. If you can, wait until the store runs a special on furniture.
Yes, the thrift store already has great prices, but because I was diligent in shopping for furniture only when the furniture was an additional 50% off, I saved a lot of money!
Have you had any luck thrifting for furniture? Tell me about it!
Keeping it Fresh, Young &Free,