After the wedding - Furnishing your home on the cheap!


So you're spending a lot of bucks on the wedding and now you're wondering how long it will take to furnish your new home together the way you really want? Take a tip from me. Buy your furniture off Craigslist - you will get amazing quality and you would be surprised at how little it can cost.

Last year while shopping for new furniture for my bedroom, I found on Craigslist this beautiful Ethan Allen Tuscany armoire (pictured above) for only $500. It currently retails for $3,619. (The "antique" chair beside it I found in a second hand shop for $20). I bought the coordinating Ethan Allen Tuscany night table from a different seller for $250 (retail price $800). When you buy Ethan Allen from the store, the furniture is made to order so you must wait several weeks for your furniture to arrive and you can't return it. That creates the opportunity for you to help an owner who made a bad choice or no longer needs it.

The best places to look are in New Jersey (first), but also Philadelphia and its suburbs. In Craigslist, do a search for Ethan Allen (or whatever brand you like), and be sure to exclude "furniture dealers." Happy shopping!