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Old 09-08-2007, 04:22 PM
 
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Basically after I relocate I will be starting anew and thinking of getting some nice, but basically inexpensive household items like dishwares, linens, rugs and things!

I would like to get some basic opinions on the best place to shop for these things, I am not a shopper so I have lots and lots of old used belongings so I can dispose of them, and get new. I don't like buying expensive things, because I don't take care of them like I should..... but then again I want quality, do most of you shop at Kmart? Walmart? Target? for household products and decorating things?
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Old 09-08-2007, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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I don't like shopping either, but try Big Lots.
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Old 09-08-2007, 05:20 PM
 
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Another way to go for temporary and or cheap wooden goods is Goodwill or the Salvation Army stores. Don't buy couches and/or mattresses used. You have NO idea what you can wind up cohabitating with.
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Old 09-08-2007, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, TN
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Basically after I relocate I will be starting anew and thinking of getting some nice, but basically inexpensive household items like dishwares, linens, rugs and things!

I would like to get some basic opinions on the best place to shop for these things, I am not a shopper so I have lots and lots of old used belongings so I can dispose of them, and get new. I don't like buying expensive things, because I don't take care of them like I should..... but then again I want quality, do most of you shop at Kmart? Walmart? Target? for household products and decorating things?
Not sure where you live, but try places like TJMaxx, Marshall's, Kirkland's has alot of nice reasonable priced stuff for decorating.
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Old 09-08-2007, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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I would rather get an item of good quality at a thrift store or flea market, than a cheap item at WalMart. Now I do like Walmart for general household goods, but not things like furniture. I have had more than my share of self-assembled furniture made out of nothing much more than cardboard! lol

ditto mjb, TJMaxx, Ross's, Marshall's...those places have department store items for really cheap. I would check there for things you can't find at flea markets/thrift stores, or for things that you would not want to buy used (like linens).

Also go to freecycle.org and see if your area has a group. Freecycling is a great way to give/get items that are free, and it keeps things from ending up in landfills. Right before we relocated, I gave away a lot of good stuff on freecycle. You never know what someone might be giving away. I have also found good stuff at church sales, garage sales, etc.
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Old 10-02-2007, 01:15 AM
 
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thrift stores are the best for little knick knacks for shelves. I even go and buy some of the frames they have (which most often have horrible pictures) and put in my own photo or print that i have purchased elsewhere. Example, come lady had donated some very thick oak wood frames with some cheesy print (very old fashioned). I took it out, painted one pink and one yellow, mounted my daughters photo and they look great.

I also do the TJ Maxx and Craft stores which sell some little stands and tables with really great pricing.
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Old 10-02-2007, 02:51 AM
 
Location: Mayacama Mtns in CA
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I think it's worth it to check out Target's housewares....they often seem to have 50% off, and in fact I'm planning to get a new lampshade from them tomorrow. Less than $10 for a very respectable shade to go on my at least semi-antique lamp base.

Also, do you have the stores called Tuesday Morning in your area? Their deals are at least as good as Big Lots, and I think perhaps higher quality. Don't you love a bargain? I know I do.

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Old 10-02-2007, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Clarkstown (Rockland County)
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TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods!
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Old 10-02-2007, 07:14 PM
 
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Check craigslist's 'free' section (it's under the For Sale section). You'd be surprised how much stuff is on there. A lot is junk, but if you dig through the posting you can find good stuff too. Some things simply need a good cleaning.
Just be quick on calling the poster. It doesn't last long when it's free.
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Old 10-03-2007, 02:06 AM
 
Location: Camano Island, WA
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Depending on where you live...don't forget about places like The Salvation Army.
You'd be surprised at what kind of things can be found there.
Some brand new, never used items. When I moved this last time I unloaded quite a bit of my stuff at a SA....clothing, housewares, blankets.
All were in practically new condition.

I also second, Tuesday Morning (http://www.tuesdaymorning.com/indexCatalogOff.asp - broken link).<----- Awesome place to find deals and steals.
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