What are your favorite resources for shopping on a budget? Tell us about your best score.
Estate sales, Ikea, and Craigslist. Ikea was definitely the easiest resource. I probably went to Ikea as often as I went to work during the months I decorated. Estate sales were more of a hit and miss and took a bit of work because they can be all over the place and often you have to get there on the very first day or the good stuff will be taken. You will have to compete with estate sale sharks! But if you can wait until the last day everything is usually half off. Craiglist is my favorite resource because you can shop from your computer and you can get anything off it. Plus, I value the personal connection and interaction that comes from buying something directly from another person versus a vendor or store. It's a completely different shopping experience. I also like second-hand items because not only are they cheaper but you're essentially recycling. My best score would probably be all of my vintage rattan pieces (a swivel chair, foot stool, magazine rack and sofa side table) that I got from Craigslist. They were absolutely free!