I moved to my current apartment a couple of months ago, but it’s still barely furnished. I’ve got the essentials, but not a lot of anything else. Walls are still bare, and I’ve resorted to taping to-do lists on the walls, just so the white walls are not so blinding.
But I don’t want to fill my apartment just for the sake of filling it. I want to build my personality into my apartment. I want to find just the right pieces that I will keep for a long time. And it’s not easy. I scour shops, the Internet, ask friends and even contemplate DIY projects.
I visit every shop selling home decor and furniture. It doesn’t matter what kind of shop it is. I go to thrift shops, big-names, or discount shops. I scour each aisle, looking for the perfect item. This is a true test of patience, because you have to accept that you may not find IT on the first visit. It might take you five or ten visits before you find anything. Pay attention to sale season also. At least, when you find IT during sale season, you’ll be able to buy it at a lesser price.
I am always browsing through craigslist, eBay, Amazon, and etsy websites. There are a lot of great deals at a fraction of the price. This helps when you’re on a budget; however, if you score something through craigslist, be prepared to have a car to transport it. If you don’t, you’ll have to drag it through the streets or use public transportation.
Friends and Others
You can also ask your friends if they’re getting rid of anything they own, or if someone they know is selling their stuff. Depending on how good your friendship is, you might be able to get stuff for practically nothing. Or, if you’re like me who loves to shop online, you can also use the boxes as furniture. The big box for my coffee machine is now a printer stand.
The search is still on, but that’s okay. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from this hunting, nothing in life worth having comes easy.