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Furnishing and Decorating a Home “On the Cheap”: Auction Style

Furnishing and Decorating a Home “On the Cheap”: Auction Style

It’s not impossible to furnish an entire house for the same amount of money you may spend on a single brand new bedroom set, which you will most likely set up financing for and will ultimately cost you a few extra hundred dollars in interest.  Auctions are such a great source for so many things and furniture and home décor is especially one of them.  Many times an auction will offer full bedroom or living room sets which takes the guesswork out of finding matching pieces.  Other times you may find one or two pieces at one auction and then other matching or at least similar pieces at a different auction.  Buying a few pieces at a time can be somewhat of a daunting task, especially if you are anxious to furnish your home quickly, but it can be a huge money saver with just a bit of patience.  There is also the option of buying mismatched pieces and adding your own personal touches to make them come together in a coherent look.  For instance, you purchase multiple bedroom pieces that are all distinctively different, paint everything to match and swap out hardware and you can instantly create a matching bedroom suite.

Now put it into perspective, you can easily spend $1500 on a brand new bedroom set (and that’s a very conservative price) and then an additional $1000 for a mattress and box spring, you’re looking at $2500 easily to buy new.  It is completely possible to buy a full bedroom set at auction for $100-$500, or a full living room or dining room set for the same.  So, in reality you could furnish three bedrooms, a living room and a dining room for $2500 with just a little patience and a wanting to save money.  There are exceptions to this such as an auction that is selling furniture such as Stickley or Hitchcock in which case you will not be walking away paying $500 for a full set of anything.  Certain brands such as these are in high demand and buyers for those items will be paying a premium to purchase them.

There are so many options to buying furniture and décor when you are going to auctions.  It is almost limitless in possibilities because there are such a large variety of items.  Initially you may begin with an idea of how you want to decorate your home but that can evolve as you are exposed to so many choices which makes the experience that much more unique.  Unlike shopping at a furniture store where you are very limited in styles and choices, auctions provide you with an expanded selection and the only limitation is your imagination.  And you are also not limited to just furniture, you will find other décor and household needs at a very affordable price.  Mirrors, paintings & prints, rugs, linens (from bedspreads to napkins), dishes, washers & dryers, vases, desks, televisions, the list goes on and on, you can literally find everything you need at auction.  The next time you are considering buying new just take a moment to search a few auctions and see what they have to offer, you may discover exactly what you are looking for and be able to purchase those items at a cheap price and ultimately have some extra cash in savings.

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