No matter how you slice it, at some point we’ll be in the market for great furniture. And since I don’t like superfluous cash on products that just don’t hold up as well as they used to, I’ve learned to find a good deal. Searching for a great deal on great furniture is no different than anything else I’m hunting for to save some cash on. So, I’ve found some pretty good tricks to finding some great furniture deals that leave both my budget and my family happy.
One of the first places I begin the search for great furniture is at local consignment sales. While a lot of the consignment sales are geared more towards children, that doesn’t mean they don’t carry furniture also.
While it may be a bit a more difficult to find an entire dining or living room set with this option, there are still plenty of viable options. Some of the great furniture deals I’ve found include:
- Desk Chairs
- Dining Room Chairs
- Living Room Chairs
- Shelving Units
- Side Tables
- Twin or Double Bed Frames
So if any of these items happen to be on your list, then you should definitely check out a local consignment sale and see how lucky you get.
Thrift store shopping ranks right up there with consignment store shopping for me. It’s similar in that you’ll have to sift through all sorts of items that may not be anything close to what you are looking for. But you may just get lucky and hit the jackpot if you’re willing to dig.
I have personally donated a lot of furniture items to thrift stores to save money on taxes. And the majority of them were still in great shape. They just didn’t fit our space or lifestyle anymore for one reason or another.
Some of my favorite places to either donate, or scour for deals, are:
While I love all of these places, some have better stuff donated to them than others. I have found that shopping at the thrift stores in the more affluent parts of town has a tendency to reap better rewards than shopping at the other locations. So keep location in mind when you begin your great furniture search.
The largest furniture market in the world is called High Point Furniture Market. It takes place every April and October in High Point, NC. This market is the furniture version of fashion week in Paris, where all of the new styles and colors for the season are premiered.
But, you can’t purchase anything at Market unless you are a designer or retailer, which doesn’t help most people. Luckily, once Market is over, almost all of the floor samples are sent to different furniture stores for sale at a deep discount. One such store that we have here locally is Heavner Furniture Market. They purchase a lot of the floor samples, along with factory closeouts and special purchases directly from the manufacturer.
Another other option is to find one of the factory clearance stores for a specific store, such as Rooms to Go Outlet. These pieces will usually have some slight blemishes or be older models. But if either of those aren’t that important to you, then this may be another great option!
Another great resource to find great furniture is, of course, online. Sometimes I search online first just to get a better idea of what type of piece I’d ideally like in the space. Sometimes, I get lucky and find what I am looking for online before I ever have to set foot in a store. When that is the case, it is usually via one of these websites:
- Facebook Marketplace
- Amazon (if you have Prime, then you get FREE shipping!)
Some of these sites will be more expensive than others, and some won’t have as much of a selection. So you may find yourself hindered in one aspect or another online just as well as in person.
Of course, there is nothing better than free! While not every piece of free furniture will be a great option, it’s still worth it to take a look. If it looks like something that would actually work for you, that is. One of the best ways I’ve found to get free furniture is from friends and family. It’s actually the same thing I try to do before I donate furniture.
Throughout the years, some of the pieces of great furniture I’ve received for FREE, are:
- Bunk Beds
- Charcoal Grills
- Coffee Table
- Couches (x 3)
- Dining Table
- Double Bed
- Loft Bed
- Loveseat (x2)
- Patio Furniture Sets
- Side Table
great FURNITURE DEALS summary
Overall, there are a ton of different ways and places to find great deals on great furniture. Of course, my favorite is always to start with the FREE options, as long as they work for what I need. Next, I begin to go down the list of options and see where I end up. The way you go about this will ultimately depend on your needs, style and desires, as well as your budget. Not all options will fit everyone, so find what works best for you. After all there is something to be said for thinking outside the furniture box.
What are some of the best ways you’ve found to get a great deal on great furniture?