Affordable (and Free) Furniture


I had just moved into my brand new own place and I was so excited. The sun was shining, the future was bright and there was a skip in my step that I didn’t have before. it was about two days into the move, while I was eating take away pizza off a paper napkin and drinking water out the tap, that I realized the importance of having basichousehold items. I knew I had to get furniture, and real furniture (no fold out lawn chairs.) However, if you’re like me you definitely prefer to skimp on the bed frame and splurge on a ridiculous number of pillows. So withoutfurther ado, here’s how I managed to attain all my furniture for my new apartment, without spending thousands.

 

Gumtree
During my mad rush to collect basic household items (apparently fridges and beds are important) my holy grail was undoubtedly Gumtree. If you’re willing to travel, or hire a trailer, Gumtree has a whole section dedicated to items that are free. No upfront cost, no loan and no more borrowing money from Grandma. You can pick up some great freebies from people who are moving overseas or have updated their lounge suite that just want that furniture out of their home as soon as possible. You can pick up beds, dressers, pillows, even a pet guinea pig- all for free. Download the application on your phone and have a browse, and don’t forget to message the seller straight away Gumtree buyers are savvy and it’s first in best dressed.
Target & Kmart
You know how the saying goes. You don’t go to Target looking for something, you go to Target and let the things come to you. Kmart & Target are by far, the best value for money when it comes to kitchen utensils and they have the biggest ranges. You can find peelers, ice cube trays and utensil sets from $1.50 to $10. However, perhaps most importantly, you can buy matching sets of dinner plates, bowls, cups and mugs. For a set of 12 different items, you’re looking at spending under $40.
Reject Store
When it comes to storage containers, electrical accessories and kitchen tupper ware, I have found that the Reject Store is a great place to sweep up the sweetest deals. A set of mixing bowls will cost you $3.50, a laundry basket will cost you $3, coat hangers $2, extension leads $3- I could go on. For those extra pieces that you don’t necessarily want to spend a fortune on (no one is going to compliment your coat hangers) shop your local Reject Store. They also often have great specials on bulk body wash, shampoo and conditioner.

Storm Crystal Brooks-Hamilton


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