Good morning Badgers!

With September quickly approaching, many of us are moving into new homes! This means many of us will have to start furniture hunting or look for staple pieces. Since most students live on a budget, furniture shopping can get expensive quickly. Which  is why we’ve decided to share the best ways to furnish a student house:

Garage Sales:

Look for local listings and be prepared to wake up early on Saturday morning! You can find great pieces like a table and chairs for a fraction of what it would cost anywhere else. Also keep an eye out for wooden furniture- it’s very easy to re purpose  and will last way longer. Garage sales are also great for finding other household items like plates, small appliances, and lamps.

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Thrift Stores:

Be sure to check out places like Goodwill and Value Village, you might have to visit a few times until you find exactly what you’re looking for, but it’s worth it! A few years ago I was able to find a desk for $10, I painted it black and have used it ever since. If your unsure of whether or not you’ll be able to utilize something ask to place the item on hold, or take pictures and go back after taking a second look at your space.

Kijiji:

This website is great because you can search for specific pieces in the area. Some of it may even be free if the owner needs it gone. One of my roommates was able to find a recliner for free, all she had to do was pick it up. Another important thing to remember when buying furniture off of Kijiji is to inspect it. Make sure whatever it is, to make sure it’s in good condition and looks like the pictures! However try to agree on a price beforehand.

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IKEA:

IKEA is great for storage solutions, or furnishing small spaces. It’s also very budget-friendly. Check out these DIY ideas we found from a basic IKEA dresser:

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Liquidation Stores:

If you want new furniture for a great deal- try a liquidation store! Especially if you have a big room to fill, liquidation stores can save you a ton of money. Try the Home Clearance Liquidation Outlet here in St. Catharines for big purchases. Other stores like Costco Wholesale are great for buying mini fridges, and small appliances!

We’d love to here your ideas for where to shop and DIY! Tell us what we missed in the comment section!