How to Find Free Stuff And Cheap Furniture For Your First Home or Apartment

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When it’s your first home or apartment and you don’t have a lot of money to spend on extras, the stress of cheap decorating can really weigh down on your shoulders. Furniture, kitchen appliances, lamps, TVs, paintings, and mirrors can really add up in cost. When I moved into my first apartment, I realized home decorating would be absolutely necessary. I also realized however, as a low-income college student, that cheap decorating was essential. I simply couldn’t afford to blow extra money on expensive items. This guide to should help you make your new apartment look and feel like home, while keeping cheap decorating a priority.

Craigslist.org (The Mecca of Cheap Decorating)

If you haven’t heard of Craigslist yet, you must have been living under a rock for the past few years. Craigslist is a website that lists free ads for jobs, housing, cars, and pretty much anything people want to sell. This is a great place to find free and really cheap furniture. Cheap furniture is essential to cheap decorating, as everyone needs it. A lot of people sell entire sets of nice matching furniture for about $100. If you need a refrigerator, this is the place to go! Likely you will be able to find one either for free or for less than $70. Also be sure to check out Craigslist’s free section, where people list anything and everything they are giving away for free! Cheap decorating has never been easier.

Garage Sales

Essential to cheap decorating are garage sales. No two sales are ever alike and most of them are ridiculously cheap. In addition, many garage sales have sections of free items that are unwanted. Pick and choose from furniture, lamps, kitchenware, and clothing to cheaply complete your home decorating.

Thrift Stores

You are going to need sets of sheets, blankets, comforters, pillow cases, and pillows for your bed when you move in. These items can be very expensive at department stores, where cheap decorating is never an option. Thrift stores such as Red White and Blue and the Salvation Army provide these with prices deeply slashed. Cheap decorating doesn’t need to be old fashioned or ugly either! I have found gorgeous, clean comforter sets for around $30. One of these sets was the same my mother had purchased at a high-end retail store for around $120.

Consignment Shops

Need dishware and kitchen utensils for cheap decorating? Consignment shops and thrift stores are your best bet for getting a full set, dirt cheap. Search through various different stores and price shop a bit. It is likely that your efforts in cheap decorating will lead you to a complete set for around $10. Don’t be surprised if some of the items are actually a nice looking addition to your kitchen too!

Ebay

It’s fast and easy to use, and it’s often really inexpensive! Ebay can be used to find pretty much anything for cheap decorating in your new apartment, although it would be best to stick to small items because of shipping costs.

Estate Sales

These are kind of like garage sales, although often more high-end. Estate sales often occur when everything in one’s home is for sale because of the owner’s death. What better way to find everything you need for your home and take a little history with it? If cheap decorating for you means adding a few odd knick-knacks here and there, an estate sale is a good way to go!

Home decorating doesn’t need to be expensive. With enough searching, it should be relatively easy to create a new home with just a few hundred dollars. If you can’t find something you’re looking for, ask friends and family. Check the newspaper and nickel ads. Be aware of sales and ask anyone who has recently moved out and done cheap decorating for tips and advice. Use your resources wisely, have fun on the search for cheap decorating, and you should do just fine. Good luck!

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