It’s fun to furnish your new home. It’s also stressful, expensive, and time-consuming—especially if you’re a budget shopper on a spree. There are lots of places online to buy cheap furniture like mecca furniture hunting park, but if you want to avoid the hassle or having to drive all over town, try these stores first!
What more can be said about IKEA that hasn’t already been said? IKEA has one of the highest return rates for other retailers. Most people shop there and find something they love, only to realize later that it’s not exactly what they wanted. If you’re a seasoned shopper, you know that most furniture stores will take things back if you don’t like them—but when it comes to an item like a couch or table, the chances of that happening diminishes quickly. Everyone has heard horror stories of people trying to return big-ticket items like mattresses and finding out they are stuck with them because they didn’t read the fine print on their contract/warranty.
2. Home Goods
If you can’t make it to your closest IKEA, try spending a day at Home Goods, which is a smaller version of IKEA. If you can’t make it to the store in person, they have an online shopping option that allows you to “shop” the store through the website. HomeGoods has everything and nothing—some items are cheaper than IKEA and some are more expensive. For example, this table was $50 on sale at HomeGoods and $144 on sale at Crate & Barrel. All sales are final, so my advice is to pick up something that looks good and return it if you don’t like it as much as you’d hoped.
3. Big Lots
Big Lots is a one-stop shop for low prices; many of their items are things like couches, lamps, and even mirrors that you’d expect to find at IKEA but at a lower price. You can also drop by and pick up anything from rugs and bath towels to ceiling fans and blinds.
4. Easy Storage
This national chain has everything from cheap luggage to storage solutions like shelves or cubbies. They have unique items and standard home accessories like lamps, mirrors, and frames. The store is always having sales on specialty items that you can pick up for a fraction of the price at home. They also have a variety of sizes, so you can always find something to suit your needs or even something larger than you need to hold extra things for a friend or family member.
Fonq has furniture and home accessories that are unique in their design and purpose. Everything in the store is priced reasonably, but be aware of some of their promotional sales where prices are similar to IKEA’s regular prices.
Craigslist has more of a variety than the other places on this list—from cheap rugs to office furniture. Before you commit to buying anything on Craigslist, make sure you see the item in person and that a warranty is included. Remember, you’re buying used items, which means they all have flaws. Make sure they don’t deter from how you like the item or how you plan to use it. If an item looks too good to be true, it probably is.
7. Salvation Armys around the country
They sell discontinued items like mattresses and household furniture at very low prices (they also carry new merchandise). You never know what kind of deals you’ll find in store or online.
8. Consignment Shops
Consignment shops like Goodwill have lots of different things – furniture, art, clothing, and even appliances. I’ve even seen furniture in perfect condition (no scratches or dents) that is just unwanted or not being used due to a change in decor. Most of the time you won’t see the price until you look at the product in person, which can be a little frustrating. You can sometimes find great deals by shopping at consignment stores on vacation. My favorite Consignment shop is an ABC store – they sell all kinds of merchandise you never knew you needed!
9. Your local Thrift Store
Most people don’t think of their local thrift store when they’re looking for furniture. This is one of the places I like to pick up used items – especially things that I don’t plan to keep for too long, like rugs or lamps. You’re more likely to find colors and patterns that match your style in a thrift store than at a regular furniture store. You can also find some great vintage stuff there for a fraction of the price it would go for on Etsy or eBay.
10. Local Craigslist
I’m currently remodeling my home and had an awesome deal on a couch, but if I would’ve shopped online, I would’ve missed out on the awesome deal. It’s important to shop consignment stores and thrift stores when you’re redesigning your home because you can find great deals there.
Conclusion of the article:
There’s no doubt the internet is a great way to fine quality furniture at low prices, but there are so many options and it can be overwhelming. The stores listed above are always looking for new customers/products, so make sure you give them a call or visit their websites for more information and sales. Shopping online carries some risks, but it also has excellent benefits that most people don’t take advantage of. Think about where you shop before buying a couch online – I know I’ll be looking at some of these places in person before ordering from somewhere like Wayfair or Overstock!