How to Get Furniture for Cheap
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Oh, cheap furniture. How lovely are thee.
Buying second-hand furniture is something we do regularly and it has saved us so much money. We bought our couch USED for $600, which is still a ton of money, but significantly less than what it would have cost new. We also got a very nice stainless steel bottom-freezer refrigerator, dishwasher, AND stove for $700. We didn’t need the dishwasher so we sold that for $100 and plan on selling the stove, too. Needless to say, we saved a lot of money buying that fridge used.
Depending on what you’re looking for, you can find some really awesome appliances and furniture for cheap. You just have to know where to look. And you might have to roll up your sleeves and throw on your painting pants, but a dollar saved is a dollar earned, right? Right.
The Best Places to Find Furniture for Cheap
There are so many easy ways to find cheap furniture, whether you’re looking for your own home or to start a business selling it. You can find couches, chairs, tables, dressers, plus many more items. Some may require little to no work, while others may need a lot of love. But with a little bit of patience and a few bucks, you can find furniture for cheap to spruce up your home or sell for a profit.
So here are some of the best places around to find some furniture for cheap to get your home, or your wallet, looking full.
On the Side of the Road
As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. You can find some pretty awesome deals just laying on the side of the road waiting for garbage day.
Just the other day, I passed by some cool bar stools sitting at the end of someone’s driveway. As you may know, I have a tiny car and it was full of groceries. Otherwise, I would have stopped to see if I could fit any in my car (I know I couldn’t have). The stools could have been sanded, oiled, and sold for almost 100% profit.
Even if they only sold for $40, you’re essentially $40 richer. That’s plenty enough money to treat yo’ self or to put towards savings.
The Spring and Summer are the best times for garage sales. Everybody’s doing their Spring cleaning and making room for more toys. That means you can potentially get some nice furniture for cheap. And if an item is older, you can get an even better deal on it.
You can easily buy a dresser for $10, sand it and paint it to match your room, and it will have cost you next to nothing. It sure beats buying a brand new dresser for $200+ that’s made from cheap materials.
Just like garage sales, estate sales can be a great place to find good deals. The good thing about estate sales is you can find more than just furniture at great prices.
There was an estate sale down the road from us a while back and we stopped in to see what they had. We got 2 stools for $5 and a nice equalizer and speaker set to hook up to our TV for $50. The speakers and equalizer brand new cost at least $150 (conservative numbers).
There is a website dedicated to estate sale listings, which can be found here. Check it out for local estate sale listings in your area – trust me, there are a lot. Therefore, the odds of you finding something worthwhile are very high.
Many people try to get rid of their unwanted items, and Craigslist is a very common place to do that. This is something Ian and I do on a regular basis. We bought our couch and fridge on Craigslist, both for a fraction of what we would have paid for them new.
If you’re looking for furniture, there are plenty of reasonably priced options here. Many items are pretty cheap because who wouldn’t try to make a few bucks on an old dresser as opposed to just throwing it away?
The great thing about Craigslist is there are new postings pretty much every day. Therefore, your furniture finding (and flipping) possibilities are endless.
Often times people take their old, unwanted items to ReUseIt Centers instead of throwing them away.
You can find anything from sinks to dressers to dishes and more. Most items are priced pretty low, making it easy to find furniture for cheap. Look for local ReUseIt Centers near you for some great deals.
Flea markets are great places to barter for other people’s items. If you’ve got something you want to get rid of, you can try trading them for other items you could use. In the process, you’re getting rid of things you no longer need.
If you’re looking to save money, buy used! It can save you tons of money and help minimize your debts.