Congratulations! You just bought you new home. It may be your first or maybe you’re up sizing or down sizing, whatever the reason, all you have to do now is furnish it. As a home stager and interior redesign professional, I am often asked where I got my staging furniture and accessories or to purchase them for clients.
Furnishing your new place can seem daunting. It’s a lot of space to fill and having just taken on the expenses that come with owning a home, money may be a little tight when it comes to decorating your new space.
Staging and design professionals do a lot of shopping and I mean a lot! Often times we’re on a tight budget or buying inventory for multiple properties that we’re staging. We have to make our dollars work for us and get the best values we can find. So to help you get your new home decorated, I thought I would share some of the places home stagers and redesign experts shop.
There are so many great shopping experiences to be had. Whether you’re strictly an on line shopper or one who loves the brick-and-mortar, there are lots of great places where you can score some fantastic deals and steals.
OF course there are the major chains and big box department and furniture stores. But you can buy some of those same items at your local furniture stores and galleries. One that I like, the Furniture Gallery is located in Covina on Azusa Avenue. They carry major lines like Coaster and offer reasonable pricing.
Stagers and designers frequent places like HomeGoods, SteinMart, TJ Maxx & Marshall’s, Pier One Imports and World Market among others. These stores offer the same name brands for much less than the major department stores. Burlington Coat Factory also offers home goods at great prices.
Some lesser known stores that have great prices are Tai Pan Trading and The Alley. Both have side-by-side locations in Rancho Cucamonga. Watch for Tai Pan’s annual tent sale to score some amazing deals.
If you happened to tour a staged home and really liked the furniture, check out CORT Furniture’s retail outlet for steep discounts on previously rented home goods.
Some of the best deals ever can be found on line and you can shop from the comfort of your own (new) home. Amazon isn’t the only site known for great deals. For amazing prices on everything under the sun needed to furnish your new home try Overstock.com and for outlandish deals on rugs, try RugsUSA.com.
You can also check out Real Simples’ Insider Guide to Home Decor Websites for more great places to shop.
Then there’s the popular fav’s like Z Gallerie, Crate and Barrel, West Elm, CB2, Joss and Main, One King’s Lane, Pottery Barn, Ballard Design and Home Decorators.com.
When your budget is really tight, check out your local Good Will, community thrift, consignment and second-hand shops. You can find brand new home decor with the tags still on. Yard sales and flea markets are also good places to find bargains and treasures. And of course, don’t forget Craigslist!
Well, I think I’ve given you enough resources to find a bargain on anything and everything you will ever need to purchase for your new home. Many home staging companies including Pro Staged Homes offer personal shopping services among their services so don’t forget to use them as a resource too.