(Closed) DIY Lounge: Buying vs. Renting

posted 9 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 3
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Ummm resell? I bet that stuff would go like hotcakes on craigslist. You’d have to sell at a loss, but I bet you could recoup at least half of your costs. 

Post # 4
889 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

i agree… you could totally sell it on craigslist when you are done with it, and at least make enough so that it’s worth buying from ikea and not renting!

Post # 5
521 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Could you refurnish your house–or a room with the purchased Ikea stuff.

It would make it extra special because you used it in your wedding.


You might have more luck with ebay (you can request pick up only), that way you might get more bang for your buck. Or you can keep the boxes it came with to repack and after use, take it apart and mail it that way..

Post # 6
1765 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I agree you could probably resell, but (and this is just a little nitpicking) the gray couch I sat on just friday, thinking about buying it–and it was pretty uncomfy! I know it wouldn’t matter for your wedding stuff, but for someone else buying it, it might not be the best?

Otherwise, I thought about doing that EXACT SAME THING! Why do they make furniture rental SO EXPENSIVE? Grr.

Post # 7
1288 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

Ikea furniture sells really well on DC craigslist and for not much of a loss. Or, if you have a garage/storage space, rent the furniture out to other brides ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 8
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

yeah, you could easily re-sell ikea stuff ๐Ÿ™‚

Just make sure you have somewhere to STORE it until someone comes to take it off your hands.

Post # 9
299 posts
Helper bee

Fiance and I are actually buying sofas off of Craig’s List and out of estate sales, mismatched crazy ones over the next year and Dad’s storing them for us. Much cheaper than Ikea, and the funky sofas will be divided up between us and my sis! But our wedding will be an outdoors/tent halloween crazy party of insane mismatched/dark theme, so it works! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 10
4567 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Ooooh just for the heads up, those couches have to for real be broken in before they’re actually comfortable. Once you break them in, though, they’re great! The other cost you might need to factor in is a) shipping (Ikea shipping is ridiculous $$$) or b) truck rental to get the furniture home just in case you don’t have a truck/ big SUV.

Post # 11
3979 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Sell it if you have a place to store it. Or… be an angel and donate it (tax write off)! You’d have to pay a lot more to a rental place & you wouldn’t get any return on it either. Also a lot of donation centers pick up for free ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 12
900 posts
Busy bee

The thing you will lose out on is the service you will get from a rental company.  Have you thought about how you will get everything to and from the venue?

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