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Old 02-04-2012, 11:07 AM
 
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Ugh, disgusting. Yes, if the OP is a beginner, definitely avoid the (yuk) aforementioned regarding upholstery. And, I don't know anybody that would buy a used bed . . .

Personally, unless it's something a person needs right away, I would still use the route of thrift shops, consignment, auctions, etc. Items made of wood, metal, ceramic, etc. can be cleaned. I don't like bringing in cheap crap, even if it's for a short period of time.
^^^completely agree. When my SIL moved into her first place she bought a used sofa. After getting it into the apartment, she found a nest of mice in the bottom of it.

I LOVE the hunt of thrift stores and completely agree on anything wood, metal and ceramic. I have made a lot of pieces my own by paint, stain etc. As far as the upholstered stuff, I will buy a cheap sofa before anything used. I actually bought an IKEA sofa 2 yrs ago for our basement. it really is a comfy couch. I paid 399 for it. No signs of breakdown yet.
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:12 AM
 
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When my SIL moved into her first place she bought a used sofa. After getting it into the apartment, she found a nest of mice in the bottom of it.
Ugh, gross again!!!!

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I LOVE the hunt of thrift stores and completely agree on anything wood, metal and ceramic. I have made a lot of pieces my own by paint, stain etc.
Definitely. The DYI aspect to these finds (restoring, building, etc.) is really a fun thing to do.

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As far as the upholstered stuff, I will buy a cheap sofa before anything used. I actually bought an IKEA sofa 2 yrs ago for our basement. it really is a comfy couch. I paid 399 for it. No signs of breakdown yet.
El cheapo has its role in many situations. We bought some IKEA stuff (not all cheapo) for our first house and our daughter's room. Her stuff has since been passed down or donated. I do have one piece that has lasted these years -- the BILLY bookcase which now comes with a variety of glass doors so it's a nice complement to the "newer" things.
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Old 02-04-2012, 11:57 AM
 
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El cheapo has its role in many situations. We bought some IKEA stuff (not all cheapo) for our first house and our daughter's room. Her stuff has since been passed down or donated. I do have one piece that has lasted these years -- the BILLY bookcase which now comes with a variety of glass doors so it's a nice complement to the "newer" things.
I have the billy bookcases as well. A whole wall full of them. I added the lighting on top. I get a lot of compliments on them. I took the backing off and used L brackets to secure them to the wall. To the untrained eye, most people think they are built ins. I bought a couple of the Hemnes (if I spelled it right) dressers. They are holding up. I did buy a coffee table from IKEA was a piece of crap. It wasn't cheap either. I noticed they don't sell it anymore. It has two hidden drawers which are great but one slight bang of the vacuum and it looks like I tossed it down a flight of stairs.

It can be hit or miss at IKEA.
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