When times are tough it is vital to save as much money as you can when buying goods. One way to do this is to buy second hand rather than buying new. There are many bargains to be had buying second hand furniture in particular and for large pieces people are often happy to get rid of furniture for a low price just so that they can get rid of it, particularly when they are moving house and they have no room for it in their new place.
So, if you are looking for furniture then think about going for a second hand set. For example, you many see the exact model that you like in a shop and then you can pick and choose the pieces from that set from either online ads or from somewhere like eBay. eBay is a great place to pick up furniture second hand as you can set up an alert to advise you when someone puts something up for sale that you might be interested in. You can also set up a geographical limit so that the furniture is within reach of you picking it up.
I have a great example of this myself where I picked up an Ikea Malm wardrobe for £10, a fraction of the new price. I set up an alert in eBay to warn me whenever anyone posted an ad that included the terms ‘Ikea Malm Wardrobe’ within 20km of my address. I had to wait a few weeks for one that sounded perfect for me but I got it as the only bidder for that knock down price. Ok so I had to go and pick it up but that was worth the trip.
you can often pick up complete sets of furniture but you may need to have a little bit of patience to get exactly the pieces that you want. On the flip side of the coin I had to get rid of a piece of bedroom furniture a few years ago and someone actually came from about 200 miles away to pick it up as it was exactly the matching piece that they needed.
So, set up your alert with your key words in and wait for Ikea to notify you of available pieces. You don’t have to go for the first one that you see as there will likely be more, so have a bit of patience and you are likely to be able to save yourself a lot of money.