Post # 1
Now that we found our new apartment we have to buy some replacement furniture since our old couch is too long for the new living room. We also never invested in a bookcase, and are considering getting a small (read: two person!) dining table for the little living room.
So, I’ve been hunting on Craigslist and looking (drooling) over West Elm and Pottery Barn’s websites, and looking at Ikea some as well since we got back. I also just made the awesome discovery that Apartment Therapy has classifieds.
What are your favorite places to shop for furniture?
Post # 3
I looove pottery barn and crate and barrel. We have some stuff that’s west elm and ikea, and honestly, it’s the same quality, even though we paid twice as much for the west elm stuff. We also have two tables from the door store (not sure if you have them in chicago?) and they are gorgeous dark wood–will last a long time! Have fun decorating! 🙂
Post # 4
Craigslist! Ha ha! I love buying used furniture.
Post # 5
Second craigslist! We can’t really afford anything else atm and you can get great deals on very nice things because people are just trying to get rid of it. I am really looking forward to checking out thrift and antique stores in NYC while I live there this summer, to hunt for great deals on unique pieces.
Congrats on your apartment! That is so awesome. I think we have got a housing situation worked out too and will be in a really spacious apartment (though the lease situation is less than ideal).
Post # 6
I have had a lot of luck at jcpenney. If you sign up for their e-mails you will get a lot of coupons too. Jcpenney has regular furniture listings and an outlet section online. The nice thing about jcpenney is that you order online and have furniture delivered to a store near you and you don’t have to pay shipping!
I also like penneys because their furniture is better quality than some other places. The dining room chairs we ordered were hard wood and are great quality.
Another suggestion is target, craigslist and thrift/consignment stores. I bought our living room couch at a thrift store for $80 four years ago and it’s great!
Congrats on the apartment!
P.S. Crate and Barrel also has an outlet section online. I bought our living room coffee table and side tables there cheap!
Post # 7
Oh I drool over Pottery Barn and West Elm. Soooo out of my price range though. I think every single piece of our furniture is from Ikea… I’ve had most of the furniture for three years and it’s holding up really well so far. Obviously we’ll upgrade at some point, when our living situation is more long-term oriented. Right now it’s nice being flexible knowing that this furniture is more or less disposable if it needs to be.
Also, I also just discovered this reall cool blog:http://knockoffwood.blogspot.com/ if you’re into major DIY projects. She does really detailed how-to instructions for knocking off Pottery Barn pieces. Pretty amazing!
Post # 8
@veganglam – where in NYC are you living this summer? I’ve been away for almost 2 years & miss it sooo much. My fiance & I talk about moving back once he gets settled with his company.
Post # 9
Rooms To Go, Big Lots (they have a lot of Broyhill furniture which is really durable), Craigslist…provided it’s not fabric. I wold do tables and wooden chairs but nothing fabric b/c I would wonder about germs. I have been eyeballing some office furniture at Ikea as well.
Post # 10
@LadyGoodman: I’m living in Chelsea! I am so psyched for it. I just want to live there forever, it’s going to be so hard to leave at the end of the summer but hopefully I’ll be back in a year with Fiance (who’s NYC born and raised) for grad school. I hope you can find away to move back, good luck!
Has anyone ever purchased from http://www.homereserve.com? The one thing I won’t buy used is a couch because they can seriously carry scents and they’re like impossible to disinfect and OCD me just won’t stand for that. The website has couches in a million different fabrics for around $400 (the one we would get is just $419). The catch is you have to assemble it yourself. But I’ve never heard of it and don’t want a lumpy couch that breaks in a month.
Post # 11
Thanks everyone! I love the new ideas because I had seriously Craigslisted every combination I could think of today! And while we have Ikea everything right now, it gets old after awhile… they have some nicer stuff (I like our bed) but a lot of the options are not so great. I don’t feel like they’re creative enough for our style. I want furniture that has character!
Post # 12
@gcwest – that site is awesome! Somehow, though, I know that R and I DIY-ing furniture would end up costing us more than it’d be worth…. we’re not exactly talented at things like that.
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2009 - Eastside Catholic Chapel and Lake Union Cafe
I love CB2, Overstock.com (you can’t beat the cheap shipping), ikea, craigslist and Urban Outfitters. Urban Outfitters seems weird but they have some amazing online furniture!
Post # 14
I love West Elm and Crate & Barrel but unfortunately my wallet would not agree. We got basically all our furniture from IKEA and I couldn’t be more pleased. The prices were great and the pieces are all modern