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Old 05-13-2008, 01:28 PM
 
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Hey Everybody!
I am sooo excited! I am Austrian (European) and will be sent to Atlanta to work there as a teacher. I already have an apartment in Marietta but I am realllllly scared of all the expenses once I move in.

I have to buy so many things like furniture, plates, forks, pots, pans, vacuum,TV, stereo....just anything you can possibly think of EXCEPT of CLOTHES which I can bring with me (by suitcases).

Now I need your advice out there. Where can I get cheap furniture and all those other things that I will need for a living. I checked the IKEA website out but even Ikea is not really cheap over there. I need a corner couch for not more than 400 dollars and a bed for not more than 90 dollars and so on....on the other hand I would not want a used bed and couch.

Where are cheap furniture stores? Please give me the exact address.
Where can I get the cheapest Flatscreens and Stereos?? THOSE CAN BE USED!
Where are the best yard sales advertised (for July)??

I would really need your help and advice.

THANX A LOOOOOOT!
Claudia
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Old 05-13-2008, 01:37 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Hey, you're from Europe.. I KNOW that IKEA has to be your thing, and it's not really that expensive here! I mean, the only other places you're going to get cheaper stuff is maybe Wal-mart or a thrift store (maybe), and you're not going to find corner sofa's at Wal-mart, and thrift shops will be used. I might be missing out on some better deals, but really, IKEA has some of the cheaper options (as well as stuff that costs $$ too).

You'll be able to save money and keep your European style at the same time. LOL. Our IKEA store is located at the "Atlantic Station" area in Midtown, just SouthEast of Marietta. HERE (http://www.ikea.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/IkeaNearYouView?storeId=12&catalogId=11001&langId=-1&StoreName=atlanta - broken link) is the link.

Costco probably has the best deals on LCD tv sets, and you get a two year warranty with them if you buy them there, too. They also have by far the best customer service if you need to take something back as well. Kennesaw is the closest Costco to Marietta (or the one at Cumberland Mall).

If you want mega-cheap appliances, then go to BrandsMartUSA in Kennesaw. Link, HERE. Home of the $6.00 hair drier and $8.00 toaster. LOL.
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Old 05-13-2008, 01:44 PM
 
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For housewares such as pots, pans, plates, cups, etc. I would definitely check out Homegoods over on Barret Pkwy in Marietta. They can have some really good deals sometimes.
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Old 05-13-2008, 01:46 PM
 
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You could also consider making your furniture from cardboard using readily available plans on the internet. ;-)

Also, you could try going to garage sales and the Salvation Army.
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Old 05-13-2008, 01:54 PM
 
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Look at Overstock.com for furniture. I bought my son a raised queen sized Aero-bed (inflatable) on there for under $100.00 He wouldn't have wanted to sleep on it long term, but he said it was fine for the summer months until he got into his furnished dorm.
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Old 05-13-2008, 02:00 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Hey Atlanta Greg,
thanx for the advice but in my letter I wrote that Ikea is even a little bit too expensive for me.
Yeah, I know, but this is Atlanta, and stuff isn't cheap here - IKEA is considered cheap in this area. No, not everything, but SOME stuff can be found that's very cheap in the place. Otherwise, there is a hobby called "dumpster diving" here people might tell you about, 'cause much cheaper than Ikea or Wal-mart and you're talking "free". LOL

For yard sales maybe you should look for local Cobb chat boards (they're around) and hook up with folks who can go around with you on weekends to look at them. Until you get your feet wet driving here it might not be a good idea to drive around looking for the things.
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Old 05-13-2008, 02:19 PM
 
Location: East Cobb
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If you want cheap but new housewares - pots, pans, shower curtain, etc. - Walmart is always convenient. Those more specialized stores mentioned in some earlier posts (BrandsMartUSA, Homegoods) might have some better deals, though.

Yard sales I think are typically advertised on craigslist.org, if they are advertised by more than putting out a sign. Craigslist is also the usual place people advertise used items of any kind for sale, so it would be a good place to look for anything you're willing to buy used.
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Old 05-13-2008, 02:44 PM
 
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There is a section at IKEA for returned/slightly messed up/floor model type stuff. I've found some good furniture deals in there on stuff that was just fine.
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Old 08-22-2008, 08:36 AM
 
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Hi Claudia!

Just came across your blog. I am also an Austrian living in Marietta - there are not so many of us here I've been living here for 1 1/2, 27 years old. I assume you have settled in by now but let me know if you are interested in getting in touch some time.

Eva
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Old 08-22-2008, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Cobb County, Georgia
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You could also look into used things. Try craigslist: atlanta classifieds for jobs, apartments, personals, for sale, services, community, and events
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