Posted: 12 January 2018
Do you take pride in your home, and love making it look its best with fine decor?
If so, you aren’t alone. It’s estimated that people in the United States spent nearly $106 billion on home furnishings in 2015.
That number may seem high, but if you’ve taken a look at the price of fine furniture you may think it was a little low.
Affordable furniture doesn’t necessarily mean cheap furniture or furniture that isn’t stylish. You can find high-quality furniture that won’t break the bank.
Curious about how you can find stylish furniture for your home? After you read this post, you’ll be eager to do an affordable makeover on your home.
Get Thrifty To Find Affordable Furniture
Did you think that you can only find old moth-eaten coats at the average thrift store?
Thrift stores aren’t full of the cheap, more than “gently used” goods you’d expect to find. Thrifting has come back in style for fashionable people that want to look good and not spend a lot of money.
Some people may go to thrift stores for the inexpensive and unique clothing, but much more should be going for the furniture the stores carry.
Search for popular thrift stores in your area, and make sure you find some that have a lot of furniture in stock.
You’ll find sofas that have barely been used, antique lamps that need a home, and all sorts of stylish but affordable furniture.
Visit Craft Fairs
The next time there’s a local craft fair, make sure you stop by. These events are great opportunities for finding affordable furniture.
Craft fairs go beyond handmade jewelry and simple knick-knacks. Plenty of skilled furniture builders will proudly display their work, and you’re guaranteed to find something stylish and very unique there.
Nothing beats a coffee table carved by a woodworker that loves their craft. Nearly everything you get there will truly be a one of a kind piece. And the prices can be very affordable.
You may not be able to afford handcrafted furniture from famous designers, but you can get very affordable furniture by skilled people in your neighborhood.
And along with new furniture, you’ll also know that you’ve helped grow the local economy.
Go To Antique Stores
When most people think about antiques, high prices usually come to mind. Some kinds of old furniture may be costly, but your local antique store will have plenty of affordable finds for you.
Antique stores offer you the perfect mixture of unique styles and affordability. Much of what you’ll find there has been refurbished, or has been gently used and won’t have signs of wear.
In terms of affordable furniture, you’ll find plenty of sofas, chairs, tables, and lamps for you to use. You can also find other unique decor pieces like frames, vases, and other knick-knacks.
Craigslist postings may have a lot of furniture in them, but some people don’t associate Craigslist with high quality.
While it’s true that you will see some worn furniture on Craigslist, there’s also a lot of high quality finds. You just have to learn how to look for them.
This may come as a surprise to some people, but Craigslist isn’t just for individuals anymore.
Did you know that local businesses have started to use Craigslist to advertise their sales and overstock goods? Even some big-name businesses and chains will post on Craigslist if they have extra goods to move.
Also be on the lookout or garage sales in some of the best local neighborhoods in your area.
If they mention furniture you’re interested in, don’t hesitate to reach out. If you show an interest, some people are willing to hold certain items if they know there are guaranteed buyers.
Don’t be afraid to ask for pictures either. A few pictures from their camera phone should let you know if you’re interested.
Shop At The Right Time
Sometimes you can’t wait for affordable furniture, but if you have time to shop you may want to wait until the end of the year.
From around the middle of October until the end of the year, furniture retailers are going to be doing whatever they can to get rid of the current year’s styles to make room for the new year’s styles.
If you wait until the end of December you may be able to snag a New Year’s or holiday sale, but if you want some good deals don’t wait that long.
By that time, they’re going to have some of the new year’s stock in and will have a sale to start to get people excited. If you want the best deals, try to shop sometime between mid-November and early December.
Try An Internet Classic
When most people shop online today they go straight to retailers or Amazon, but there’s one simple site that once fueled all internet shopping people seem to have forgotten about.
eBay may be an old site, but there’s still a thriving community of people on it that want to sell items.
Like with Craigslist, some retailers will post overstock items on eBay. You’ll be able to find plenty of affordable furniture on there.
You’ll also be able to find some fairly unique items on eBay. Remember, it’s a website that caters to sellers around the world. You may be able to find classic Italian sofas or designer lamps from Spain.
Do Some DIY Repairs
If you’re handy, you may want to consider getting some furniture in need of minor repairs.
Sometimes a simple patch and a polish can turn an old sofa or coffee table into something new.
It’s the best way to find affordable furniture, and it can make the furniture shopping process much less stressful. You don’t have to worry about finding something perfect, you just need something you like.
Going Beyond Affordable Furniture
Now that you know where to get affordable furniture, it’s time to get the rest of your house in shape. Check out our post on simple home decorating hacks to make your home look gorgeous.
Also, be sure to check out our home and garden decor giveaway page to see what deals you snag.