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Whether the economy is up, down or somewhere in between, first time home buyers generally do not have much extra money with which to buy furnishings. This doesn’t mean you have to sleep on an air mattress, use a cardboard box for your table or sit on the floor. There are many options available for you to find inexpensive furniture and other items to make your home a showcase.

First and foremost, have an idea (whether it is a written list or just a mental picture) of what it is you want and or need to purchase. You don’t have to strictly adhere to this list but at least it gives you a starting point. Also, determine how much you can afford to spend and attempt to stay relatively close to this figure. Finally, remember that you don’t have to completely furnish your house the first weekend you are there. Take some time and look for the best bargains for the items you want. Along the same lines are estate sales. You may need to be prepared to spend an entire day until the item(s) you want are offered but the rewards can be substantial and again they can make for an enjoyable day.

Some great places to find furniture and other accessories are the old standbys: yard sales and flea markets. Not only can they be a treasure chest of bargains, it can also be a fun experience. One thing to remember is to get there early before all the “good things” are picked over.

Repurposing stores are also becoming more and more popular. Sometimes items purchase there may require a bit of TLC on your part, but the savings can be worth it.

Especially with younger shoppers, websites such as Craigslist and ebay can be invaluable tools for shoppers. There is obviously the disadvantage of not actually seeing the product, but the savings can be well worth the risk.

Finally, remember that there is more than just furniture involved in decorating a home. While you are shopping keep your eyes open for lighting, area rugs, paintings or other wall hangings and the myriad of other accessories that can bring a dull room to life. Best of luck and most importantly have a great time decorating your new home. 

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