Where to Buy Items to Furnish Your Apartment
Let's say you have to furnish your new apartment from scratch. This means mommy and daddy are not giving you their furniture, neither is grandma nor grandpa. It's up to you to buy everything. It may seem like a daunting and expensive task, but there are ways to keep costs down and buy nice things.
IKEA is a great place for furnishing a first apartment. Why? Everything is moderately-priced and the quality is good enough to last you the first five years or so at your new place. IKEA furniture is cheap because you will have to assemble the item of furniture; for example, if you buy a dresser, it's up to you to build it. So make sure you are handy, or a handy friend owes you some favors. IKEA also has delivery options in case you don't have a car or the items are too big for your vehicle. IKEA is also great for small items such as plates, dishes, kitchenware, etc.
The next place to try are yard sales and estate sales. Items at yard sales (also called tag sales) can be very cheap, and you can find some real treasures. Many times, you can bargain with people as well. Many shoppers troll the newspaper listings just for estate sales because the deals you can get are phenomenal. On a personal note: I know someone who furnished nearly her entire house with beautiful furniture from an estate sale and for cheap.
For those living in the northeastern U.S., another inexpensive source is Bob's Furniture. It's known for its cheap deals and inexpensive delivery rates. The furniture is very nice, but it will cost more than furniture from IKEA or an estate sale. However, the furniture is not of the highest quality and will not last forever.
Let's move on to discussing delivery options.