Apartment Furnishings: Do’s and Dont’s of Buying Secondhand
You just moved into a new apartment and are super excited to start filling it in when you realize how daunting the task at hand may be. There are hundreds of items that you want, and it can be expensive. Creating the dream apartment and finding affordable furnishings can be a struggle, but finding a balance is key.
Today, there are thrift shops, secondhand stores, and online sites where you can find pre-owned items that are budget friendly. The question is how to know what is ok to get, and what is a waste to get pre-owned. We are here to help with that.
Purchase Secondhand: Furniture, Tools, Art
Furniture, tools, and art are all great things to buy secondhand. Furniture most of the time will still be in good condition, with minimal wear and tear. Even those with blemishes can be usable, and covers make marks disappear. Tools may not be furnishings, but they definitely help make an apartment come into it’s full potential. New tools can be expensive, but used or older version are still perfectly good. Art is completely different than furniture or tools. While you may not find the most modern pieces of art, thrift shopping for art can let you find something you will fall in love with. All 3 of these are recommended to buy secondhand, but always make sure to do your research.
Don’t Even Touch: Cookware, Mattresses, Bedding, and Appliances
Cookware, mattress, bedding, and appliances are all items you should steer clear from when buying secondhand. Cookware can damage your utensils, mattress and bedding can have infestations, and appliances can break down almost instantly. From being hazardous, to internal damages, damaging other things around it, all of these should be avoided.
Now that you are in your new apartment, it’s time to make it feel like home. Fill it with things you want, but make sure to be sensible with what you buy, and don’t try to break the bank.