After several years of use, homeowners often feel the need to replace their furniture. But, because of the high prices and the ongoing financial crisis, people are always looking for a way to save money on such items. Here are some tips that may help you save money the next time you consider buying furniture:
Shop At The Right Time
Shopping at the end of seasons will help you find items on clearance sales. Although you might not get the variety you would have at the launch of the collection, you will receive huge discounts as the older models get placed on sale.
Repair and Fix Instead of Buying Brand New
Purchasing large amounts of furniture and throwing out all the existing ones from your home, is counted as a luxury most working class people cannot afford. Certain pieces of furniture can be easily repainted, varnished and sanded down to look like brand new sets. A little polish on a wooden sofa may make it look as good as new. All the money saved on furniture that could be repaired may amount to a huge chunk of your budget.
Don’t Fall for the First Thing You See
Just because something attractive is on sale, it doesn’t mean you have to buy it right then and there. Remember, only the things that are not sold throughout the whole season, end up on the season end sale. Take your sweet time and look around for the best deals and you may end up getting something even better.
Don’t be Shy - Buy the Floor Sample
In order to get a sizeable discount, ask around which shops you can buy the floor samples from. You may have to wait some time before the sample comes off the window or showcase, but considering the amount of discount you may receive, it will be definitely worth the wait. Some stores even have floor sample sales at the end of seasons at their factory outlets. These are advertised in Sunday newspaper or you could even ask the sales person about upcoming sales.
Where to Buy
Where you buy your furniture from also plays a major in the costs and quality of the good. It is a fallacy that only the high end stores have the best products. You may find decent to excellent quality furniture at online shopping sites and auctions. Thrift stores like Goodwill and Heart have decent furniture and if you can live with a couple of scratches on your table, garage sales also have some good furniture that people are selling only because they’re moving into a much smaller house or going abroad.
Good looking and contemporary styled antique furniture can often be found at auctions at reduced prices. You may be able to get a good deal, but be sure to check the product for any scratches or dents and any other type of blemishes before calculating what it’s actually worth.