Decorating on a budgetDecorating your home is both a fun and challenging task. On the one hand, making your apartment a home is exciting and enjoyable, especially when you see everything coming together. But on the other hand, finding the right look, style, and price for the size and layout of your new apartment can be difficult.

At Apartments Now, we spend a lot of time travelling around Austin and getting to know this town in depth. Like most people, we like a good deal, and we enjoy making our homes look good. We are always on the lookout for nice spots to buy furniture and accessories for the home, and because of this, we feel we can offer a few of our insights and suggestions to decorate your apartment and make it look beautiful!

Local Second Hand Furniture Stores

One way to find high quality, and unique, pieces of furniture is to check out local second hand furniture and consignment stores. Fortunately, Austin is both hip and ‘weird’ enough of a town to have a wide selection of cool places to get some great deals on used furniture. Located on Burnet,  It’s New To Me has been open since 1988. They offer a range of “funky, fun and elegant” furniture, and they are constantly getting new stuff into the inventory, so if you can always check in again to see something new. If you’re looking for something to make your place stand out and don’t want the ‘out-of-the-box’ look, then this is a great place to check out! The Home Consignment Center is another great spot that not only sells furniture, but also sells jewelry and accessories at good prices. They are right off MOPAC, near the Domain, and they carry mostly high end and luxury type items and pieces. Another place to check out is Design with Consignment, which not only carries a variety of furniture options, but also offers antiques, art, and collectibles. This truly is an Austin gem! Lastly, if you want to be able to browse through used and new furniture and get a wide selection of options, try Austin’s Furniture Depot. These folks are also located in the Burnet furniture area, and they offer eclectic to elegant furnishings, with enough choice to allow you to find something that can work for your apartment. And if you’re in the area, there really are a row of other furniture stores to check out; so you are almost certain to find what you are looking for!

Shopping from Home and Staying on Budget

But if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like to go out and spend a day shopping, then you can still find great stuff at great prices, all from the comfort of your home! Overstock is probably the first place you will want to check out. They sell almost everything, but their furniture section is pretty solid and they are almost constantly offering deals and sales. Shipping is free on most orders over $50, so all you’ll need to do to decorate your home is to click a few times, and then wait a couple days, and presto! Your furniture will be delivered to your door.

Another similar online retailer is Amazon. They not only offer a large selection of home furnishings, fast and free shipping (if you’re a Prime user), and good customer support, but they also offer a selection of home services so that if you don’t have the time to assemble your delivery, you can have someone pop by and set it all up for you. What a great time and age to be alive!

Bargaining and Swapping

Finally, if you want to find some of the best very deals, or you like to bargain and trade, there’s now an app for that! Offerup runs a smooth platform that allows you to buy and sell whatever you want, in and around Austin, but they also encourage offers and bargaining. The concept is similar to Craigslist, but Offerup seems to weed out more of the scammers, business advertisers, and the unknown by making it more of a direct digital medium to find deals and buy second hand stuff. Of course, Craigslist still remains an option, and their selection is generally much broader as more people use it. But between these two, you should be able to find some great deals. This is another local option, but is one that takes a bit more time and effort on your part in having to watch what comes up and to arrange the details of buying and selling, and then picking up etc. However, if you’re the kind of person who loves hunting for great deals and unique pieces, this is arguably one of the best ways to go about it!

Decorating an apartment takes time, planning, and some budgeting. But it doesn’t have to be harder than it should. Like you, we love finding deals, and we also love making our homes look great. But we also love finding and getting you into that perfect apartment in the first place! So, if you’re looking for a new place and are searching for an apartment or house, give one of our locators a call and we can take care of all your house hunting needs! Our service is free, and our locators are eager to help you out, so call us at: 512-318-2702