My boyfriend an I are moving to a bigger place soon and are looking to get some furniture to fill out the space. Nothing permanent really, just nice placeholders until we see something we really want and can afford it.
SOOoooo sick of looking at Craigslist and wondering if anyone has suggestions for other places to look.
Um, a store.
Freecycle.org. It's where people post stuff you can have for free, you just have to make the effort to take it away.
If you're moving to a bigger place, maybe you should be able to afford furniture? Just a thought.
I'm in the same boat, OP. it seems like people have been asking a lot for their furniture lately. You used to get deals and good quality. Lately it's all been overpriced ikea stuff. And moving it is a hassle.
Check your area for thrift stores. My Salvation Army has a large furniture department. It's hit or miss.
There's also eBay. Refine your search to posts within 40 miles or so of your zip code.
You can paint thrift store furniture too to unify it to avoid having many different faux woodgrain finishes that scream "cheap!"
OP = has bedbugs
Where are you, OP?
Don' you lissen to them posters, OP. I 'member OUR first double-wide.
Have you tried breakin' inter them summer places onct the city folks is gone? That's how we got Mama's rocker and Paralee her new sparking couch for the front yard.
Or call the Assembly of God an' say you had a burn out. That got us some box springs for the triplets.
Where do you live, OP?
Do the sellers have to disclose if someone died in/on the furniture?
Used furniture is gross. Who knows what bodily fluids it has absorbed. Who knows what household pests are tagging along back to your place with it. And if you believe in that sort of thing, who knows what spirits or demons might be attached to it. ESPECIALLY that particle-board Ikea shit.
Old furniture and stuff can be possessed by GHOSTS!
Hide-a-beds. Demons love hide-a-beds. Don't buy them used, people.
Mor has inexpensive furniture, if you have one in your area.
When my dad died in bed at home my sister sold his mattress set and bed to a young seminary school student. My dad wasn't a nice person, I often wondered if he haunted that kid.
OP, go to a local auction house in your area that has weekly auctions. There has to be a place like that around Minneapolis. Those weekly auction sales are a means of quickly disposing of pieces of an estate that have little resale value. (Expensive pieces go into the catalog sales that are held less frequently.) Depending on what you are looking for, you can buy a lot of used furniture for not very much money. And, the selection is often pretty good.
Go Japanese, just buy a couple of throw pillows and you're set.
I'm in a similar boat. I've had some luck with auctions and estate sales. Look on estatesale.net for some in your area.
save up a little cash and buy one piece at a time. if you can't afford to buy anything yet, just get some free stuff off CL (beggars cant be choosers). There are 2 of you so you should be able to buy a little at a time. If you can't afford to buy a little furniture, you probably can't afford to move to a bigger place. Stay put and furnish the smaller place. Most importantly live within your budget and don't get yourself in over your head.
Yes, by all means check out auctions houses. Fantastic deals.
Another tactic is to drive around affluent suburbs on garbage collection days for large items. Its quite amazing what one can find sitting on the sidewalk. Beautiful items the wealthy no longer require.
Follow the advice on auctions of R21 and others.
I'll add that a bricks-and-mortar auction house will always have a list of recommended movers who can deliver larger pieces.
OP, provide an e-mail address so we can communicate specifics, and I can send you dishes I'm not using anymore. You'll have to pay postage, though.
What are some reputable auction houses?
[quote] What are some reputable auction houses?
OP/R28: To save everyone but yourself a bit of trouble, and without meaning to pry, it would be helpful to know WHERE?
(Auction houses are, by and large, local concerns.)
R29, see R15
My apologies, OP/R28, and doubly so for having looked to see if you had stated your location earlier.
Minneapolis/St. Paul is a very local market -- the only auction house in the area that I've heard of is Luther Auctions which has had some antiques auctions.
Ideally, look for an auction house that has been in business for a while and which has regularly scheduled (weekly or monthly) auctions. These more frequent sales will likely include a mix of "household furnishings" and some antiques or older items mixed in to varying extent.
The reputability isn't so much a concern if you're not spending a lot of money. If you buy something inexpensively and are happy with it, that should be good enough. (Just avoid auction companies that are not locally or regionally based.)
If you're on Facebook, see if there's a local "garage sale" page. People post pictures of stuff they are selling or giving away, with asking price, and you just message them with an offer. I think it's a lot easier than Craigslist.
Develop enormously muscular bodies and then start a "Go fund me" page.
Buy used furniture and get bed bugs and roaches thrown in for free.
Seriously who in this day and age of bed bugs get USED furniture.