If you’re in the market for some new furniture, it can be tempting to walk into a furniture retailer, pick something out and have it delivered. But what’s the fun in that? If you’re already a bonafide thrifter, I don’t have to convince you of the pleasures of finding something unique at a great price. If you’re new to thrifting, here are some places to consider the next time you’re in a decorating frame of mind.
Goodwill and Salvation Army are two examples of stores that have used items at not-to-be-beat prices. Check out this console I scored for $30 recently. New, for sure this item would be several hundred dollars. Painted in a bright turquoise, or ASCP in Old White with distressing, this piece will be a stunner!
Flea markets abound across the country, but my favorite is Brimfield, located in Massachusetts and it takes place three times a year. It’s worth a trip from almost anywhere, and people do in fact come from all over the world to take part in it. It’s amazing!
‘As Is’ Areas
Today I went to Ikea and stopped in at their ‘As Is’ area. There are some awesome deals to be had, with discounts as much as 50% off their regular reasonable prices. Many of the items are in excellent condition, and they’re simply offered because they’re floor samples or discontinued merchandise. Many retailers have areas like this. Another one that comes to mind is Bob’s Discount Furniture. They have an area called ‘The Pit’ which is well worth a visit. ‘As Is’ departments are available not just for furniture, but also for items like appliances, countertops, flooring…just about anything you can think of.
If you’re lucky enough to have one near you, check them out! I’ve seen everything and anything available for a song, and they’re lots of fun to browse through.
Building Supplies Recyclers and Salvage Yards
Salvage yards are great fun. You never know what you will find! If there are no salvage yards in your area, waste collection companies can tell you who might be recycling building supplies. A few tips before you go:
- Bring along a dolly, a wheelbarrow or a cart. You may not get any help at these places, and if you’re purchasing something heavy you’ll appreciate the wheels.
- Make sure your vehicle can transport what you buy.
- To get the most out of what they have to offer, think outside the box. A fireplace surround could be a headboard for a twin bed, a ladder can be used to hold quilts or towels, an old window could be used to frame prints.
When we bought our house 26 years ago, we joined a membership club and purchased many, many items for our home at discounted prices. Our friends outfitted almost their whole house using the same club, including a new kitchen. The price of joining can be very pricey, but if you have an entire home to furnish, it could be a worthwhile investment for you.
Generally advertised in your local paper, warehouse sales vary greatly in their appeal. I’ve been to some that had fabulous merchandise and prices, and others…not so much.
In addition to the above, the tried and true garage or estate sale can be among some of the best ways to find a bargain. No matter where you shop, don’t be afraid to (nicely) offer a lower price. Retailers (as well as flea market vendors) might be open to lowering their prices, especially on floor models, discontinued item and certainly slightly damaged items.
Let the fun begin 🙂