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Old 09-04-2014, 06:41 PM
 
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Where can I get some cheap furniture like cabinets, dressers, etc? Is it better to buy used from garage sales? Or cheap from big name stores?
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:01 PM
 
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do you have a local craig's list or any second hand furniture stores around, if you look around you can always find something at a good price. don't go over budget, find a middle or the road furniture store and look around. you can find a sofa anywhere from 399 to over 2000
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:08 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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Since you want cheap, go to IKEA.
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Old 09-04-2014, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Berkeley, Denver, CO USA
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IKEA for more modern looking furniture.
In Denver, we have American Furniture Warehouse which is cheap traditional-looking furniture.
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Old 09-04-2014, 11:22 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Where can I get some cheap furniture like cabinets, dressers, etc? Is it better to buy used from garage sales? Or cheap from big name stores?
As in "throw it out when done" cheap?

Big Lots | Deals On Furniture, Patio, Mattresses, Home Decor & Essentials

That is if they're in your area!
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Old 09-04-2014, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Craigslist, Freecycle, Goodwill, yard sales, family, friends.

Walmart, Ikea, Target.
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Old 09-05-2014, 01:46 AM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Depending on your area, there might be some good deals on Craig's List or yard sales. We have a highly mobile population here with loads of folks moving away and moving in although the ones moving in are usually bringing a container full of stuff which they then can't afford to take with them when they leave. So, loads of good stuff at yard sales. But it all depends on your area.

If you buy it used and it's solidly built and still in good condition after it's been used, if you use it and take care of it, you may be able to resell it for about what you paid for it. Buying cheap stuff new is a waste of money.
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Old 09-16-2014, 09:06 AM
 
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consider the fact that bedbugs are becoming endemic in the US--
any second hand furniture or other items like lights or art pieces can be infested with bedbugs

I would be VERY selective about buy anything from Craig's List--although I have bought second hard furniture -- a rug for the office my husband has in our TX house--and some hardwood pieces in our FL vacation house--
I looked VERY carefully at those pieces when we went to the sellers' house--
took a flashlight to look inside the joins and corners...

would never recommend buying any upholstered second hand furniture unless you plan to immediately strip and recover--
have it sent to the shop directly==

Bedbugs are almost impossible to get rid of once they are inside your home/apt...
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Old 09-22-2014, 10:39 AM
 
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-shudder- bed bugs
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Old 09-22-2014, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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Well, you don't just indiscriminately go out and buy junk, you do check for stuff like bed bugs, mildew, etc. But you can get really good quality stuff for pennies on the dollar if you buy it second hand. We don't pay retail for anything if we can help it and we haven't run across bed bugs yet. Usually you can tell if folks have good clean stuff just by looking at their yard sale and it's easy enough to check for bugs.

If bed bugs are a concern, then I suppose you could wrap whatever it is in a huge plastic bag or a big wooden packing box and either treat it with a bug spray or fogger of some type or put in a lot of dry ice. The dry ice replaces the oxygen in the bag and kills the bugs but you'd want to check treatment times. Some bugs can live for quite some time on really little or low oxygen. So, if you're doing the dry ice routine, you'd need an air proof container. Although since you're looking for a cheaper alternative, you're probably also looking for easier, so that means you'll end up buying some sort of cheap stuff at retail and then buying it again in six months to a year when it breaks.
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