If you are like me, you do not like to overpay for things, especially furniture. Furniture stores can be a great place to start, but they are not the only the place to buy. Whether you are buying antique, used, or new furniture, here are a couple of ways to help you not blow the bank.
Check out the consignment shops and thrift stores in your area. Consignment shops often sell used and new furniture, and sometimes even unsold floor models . It is common to find entire sets for a fraction of what it would normally costs. If they do not have what you are looking for, just ask. Many consignment and thrift stores have storage locations off site and might have what you are looking for.
Also check the flea markets for bargains. Finding the best deals at the best prices is more art than a science. At the very least, know the basics. That means that you must arrive early to get the good stuff. Refuse pieces that need costly repairs and price shop. Many vendors are selling the same furniture, so let them fight for your business. Stay late. Vendors want to go home with money, they do not want to repack everything. You can pick up great deals by catching them just at closing.
And finally, make your own milk paint. This old school method of painting is used to age furniture. Find an easy recipe online, then pick up cheap and ugly furniture that you would have otherwise passed on. Using this method, I made a dingy old bookshelf look like a millions bucks.