Furnishing Your Second Home Without Going Broke

If you’re fortunate to have a second home or vacation dwelling, you don’t want to take out an additional mortgage just to furnish it. While some of the top end stores may hold valuable pieces that would look great in your home, you don’t want to spend your life savings to do so. The following tips will help you furnish your home without breaking the bank.

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Shop Wisely

You have a host of options at your disposal when it comes to furniture shopping. Consignment shops, thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets may hold some hidden gems that would add character and style to your new digs. While some may need a bit of TLC and care, you can use your imagination by keeping an open mind to the many finds that are out there to be had.

Refurbish shops are another great idea to gather some interesting pieces. By taking old pieces of lumber from dilapidated barns and homes, you’ll find that some people hold hidden talents that can transform the pieces into works of art.

Go Natural and Multi-Purpose

Natural pieces of furniture allow the owner to decorate it in the style that fits with their home. Because you have to do most of the work to prepare paint and stain the wood, the savings can be significant. These can turn into fun family projects too.

You can also find pieces that serve multiple purposes to avoid having to make so many purchases. Pull out beds and shelving units that can be integrated into a workstation are cost-effective and can save space. If you have young children, look for things which can be broken down into a smaller footprint, like an infant play yard that can be put away in a closet until needed. That will free up space for kids’ activities.

Clearance Showroom

Some of your most popular retail establishments will have a clearance section where you can find treasures that are on sale. The pieces used as the floor models in showrooms may have a scratch or dent on them, but most can be salvageable and used in your second home.

Shop from the Comfort of Your Home

When looking to decorate your digs on a budget, you can even shop for bargains without ever leaving your home. Online sites such as Craigslist, Facebook, Ebay and Freecycle are excellent resources for finding retailers, wholesalers and people selling furniture at bargain prices. You can also implement your local online newspaper classified section to see if there are any interesting pieces of furniture at affordable prices.

Builder Showroom

If you’ve purchased your second dwelling from a builder, they may be selling the pieces in the model home. Model home furnishings usually sell at a substantially lower price because they’ve been used throughout the selling process. If you purchased your home from a real estate agent, the seller may also want to get rid of some of the items as a cost-effective measure. This allows them to save money on moving expenses and gives them funds for purchasing something suitable that fits with their new decorating scheme.

Decorating a second home is an exciting adventure, but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to do so. By taking advantage of the number of resources around you and online, you can make your house into a haven with a little creativity and time.

Debbie Nguyen’s family keeps an owner’s closet stocked with necessities, like an infant play yard, kids’ bikes, toys, and extra clothes at their beach house so that traveling does not turn into a packing nightmare.

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