Apartment Shopping 101

I recently moved into a new apartment and I vowed it wouldn’t be the party-house my last place was. I’ve committed  my summer to decorating my first “big-girl” apartment, the right way. This has been especially important to me because I’m supporting myself… okay maybe not 100%… But as I’m getting closer and closer to being cut off by my mom I’ve paid more attention to price than ever. I’ve been looking for pieces that I can grow with while still having a fun and livable space. We all know Ikea has great transitional furniture, but where else can you find quality home goods without having to skip a meal? Here’s what I found:

Wayfair
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Item purchased: Futon
I’ve seen commercials for Wayfair for years, so it was only right for me to check it out while furniture shopping. They have everything you need for your home, but I recommend focus on the large items (beds, couches, chairs, etc.) Some of their decorative items have an older, more mature vibe, but their big pieces are the perfect base for any style space. Also, shipping is free for all orders over $49… and you always spend over $49.

Overstock
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Item purchased: Chair
Overstock, too, is great for larger items.But you can virtually find everything you need in your home there. One of my favorite features on their website is the Room Builder. You can design any room in your house using any of the furniture on their website. I love the ability to see how things will look together before I purchase them. Cool right?

Big Lots
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Item purchased: Shelving unit
Big Lots always seemed like a random cheap junk store to me until recently… I finally saw the light. My two favorite things to get from here are furniture and small electronics like speakers. Everything is so cheap, you feel like you’re stealing it. Don’t sleep on Big Lots, I definitely am not!

Home Goods/TJMaxx/Marshall’s
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Item purchased: Makeup organizers
The TJX Companies are a treasure chest. They have everything from furniture to small decor elements to hangers candles to cute little salt and pepper shakers. I always go to these stores before going to anywhere else because they will more than likely have what you are looking for at a better price. The only caveat that comes with shopping that these stores is that the stock is constantly changing so you have to frequent this store to get the best deals.

Urban Outfitters
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Item purchased: Framed art print
I’ll admit, Urban Outfitters can be pricey. However they do have some good stuff. Their inventory is quirky, fun, and young. My favorite thing to shop for at UO is art prints. If you purchase art here, spend the extra couple of dollars to get it framed; it’s a easy way to transition your space from from dorm from to adult living.

Target
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Item purchased: Accent chair and pillow
I don’t remember the last time I went to Target and didn’t purchase anything. Target is one of those places that just has everything you didn’t know you needed but now is necessary. About half my apartment is from Target and most of the purchases are things that I didn’t even plan on getting that day. Beware: some things at Target can be overpriced, this is why you have to go to Home Goods or Marshall’s first!

Society6

Item Purchased: Duvet Cover and shower curtain
Society6 is a website I find to be a bit overwhelming. Hundreds of artist host their work on the site and Society6 prints it on throw pillows, duvets, shower curtains, t-shirts, etc.Basically you can put artwork on virtually anything. Please note just because they print on everything doesn’t mean you should purchase everything. My roommate (Hey Lynnze) wanted her whole bathroom to coordinate, so she bought a shower curtain and hand hand towel to match. The towel came out super weird BUT  Society6 does full refunds no questions asked. So it’s worth trying; everything I’ve purchased, I’ve loved.

Etsy
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Item purchased: Stevie Wonder Print
Etsy is home to many many one- of – a- kind items. I think of it as a big garage sale. Everyone is selling a bunch of stuff but you have to go one there knowing what you want, that way you won’t be distracted by all the clutter. Another tip is to check the seller rating before you buy. Make sure the reviews say positive things, and the items really come as pictured.

Your Favorite Designer
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Item Purchased: Kate Spade place mats
Designer home goods are expensive. No question about that. However, frequenting the sale section of your favorite designer’s website and you’ve be surprised at what you find. Sign up for their mailing list to stay on top of promotions. Also department stores are a great place to find designer items. Make sure to ask your family members if they have credit cards at department stores, because often you get additional percentage off for just using the store card!

Hope this was helpful! Feel free to comment with other places to find great home goods for great prices. And also, make sure you stay tuned to the blog for pictures of the final result of my apartment!

xx, mirrorpicmami

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