Moving out of the dorm and into your first apartment is an exciting time. No doubt you’re on a budget and need to find some furniture that is sturdy enough to last through your college years but isn’t necessarily going to become family heirlooms. There are several places you can look to find just what you need without breaking the bank.
Discount stores are a great place to start particularly with furniture that you might want to buy new because it can’t be easily cleaned such as mattresses and sofas. If possible, avoid a hand-me-down mattress and instead look at places that advertise budget bedding San Antonio TX. Likewise, you never know what’s been spilled on a sofa over the years, so save some of your money to buy the cheapest but newest one you can find.
Resale or consignment shops are the perfect places to buy sturdy furniture such as bed frames, dinette sets, desks and bookcases. There are often great deals on a complete set of perfectly good bedroom or dining room furniture at Goodwill or The Salvation Army, if you don’t mind your furniture looking dated. People with money to spare often donate good quality furniture to these organizations when they redo their homes. The styles and colors may not be modern, but the pieces are often in fine shape.
If you have time and storage before your move, consider spending a few Saturdays checking out local garage sales. Go with a friend. Go with cash. Go early. You might just walk away with matching bath accessories, a nearly complete set of dishes or some decent pots and pans for just a few dollars.
Finally, send the word out to family and friends that you’re looking to furnish an apartment. Your aunt may have a set of towels that she doesn’t need any longer or your grandma may be looking for a home for her storage bench. Your furnishings may not match, but that’s half the fun of a college apartment.