Congrats, you just got a new house or apartment. It’s an exciting time but if you’re like me, you’ve spent most of your money on that security deposit or down payment. Now, you have to find a way to furnish your new pad without breaking the bank. As a recent college graduate, I’ve been there and I have a few tips for you.
Ask family or friends
This may be uncomfortable at first but there is always a friend or family member with an old couch or table that they have been dying to get rid of. I furnished half of my apartment this way. All the furniture I was passed down ended up being quality pieces that I could never afford to purchase brand new.
Be open-minded to thrift stores or yard sales
Thrift stores and yard sales are great places to find desks, tables and even lamps. Most cities have many thrift shop options that receive new inventory daily, it’s worth checking out. With a little TLC many discarded items can turn into statement pieces for your new home.
A digital yard sale is open all year-round on sites such as Craigslist, eBay, or my personal favorite the Facebook marketplace. People post new items all the time in these sites. The best way to find deals is to search for an item, set the distance and any pricing filters then save that search. By saving the search, the site will then alert you when a new item is posted that matches your criteria.
Build it yourself
If you can’t find the perfect piece for your home, consider building it yourself. I couldn’t find a clothing rack that fit my home so I decided to build one (with some help, of course). I searched for inspiration and found close to what I was looking for. We then customized the piece to fit my specific needs. This route takes a bit more effort but once the piece is finished you’ll be proud and will have a story to tell when someone visits your home.
For the items that you need but still can’t afford at the moment, consider a home or personal loan. Learn more about the different types of personal loan at https://michiganfirst.com/loans/personal-loans/