Furnishing your apartment for the first time can be fun and exciting. If this is your first apartment and you're starting from scratch, you will need lots of ideas and resources. If you are starting over, as with a divorce, you will need an entire apartment of things. There are plenty of ways to furnish your apartment inexpensively, even on a limited budget. I furnished an entire apartment within a few months by using these resources.
Once you begin looking for a place, you should start collecting items for your new place. I recommend renting a storage unit first so you can begin to get together the items you will need.
If you begin with furniture it will be easier. That way the furniture can go into the storage unit and be placed to the back. Furniture is not that hard to find to furnish your apartment inexpensively. There are many avenues that can be used. Public auctions are the best places to get furniture as you can get them very cheap. You can bid and win items for as low as $5.00. You can even get all your electronics at public auctions as long as you don't mind an evening of bidding. It really is a lot of fun anyway. Make sure you have a truck to pick up your things.
Check for furnishing for your apartment on Craigslist. This may be a bit of an inconvenience unless the person lives close. It is worth a try but not the very best option.
Yard sales are fabulous places to buy furniture, and any kind of household items. You should stock up your storage unit using yard sales as your resource.
Another good option for furnishing your apartment inexpensively is by using Second hand shops. These shops may not be good for furniture but for some smaller items they may be a good resource. For instance, you may find things like kitchen towels, utensils, bathroom towels and sheets. It's worth checking out to see what you can find.
Don't forget the greatest resource on the internet- E-Bay. I found lots of things on E-Bay such as kitchen utensils, kitchen towels, draperies, tablecloths etc. Try buying things in lots on E-bay and you will save a lot of money. It's not worth it for single items.
Don't forget the dollar stores. I used these stores for all my cleaning supplies and anything misc that I needed for my apartment. This is a great place for bathroom items like soap dishes and toothbrush holders.
Don't be afraid to ask relatives if they can donate any unused items to your new apartment. You may be surprised at how many people are willing to help.
FreeCycle is an environmental organization that can help a lot when you need to furnish your apartment inexpensively. Freecycle is an online recycling system in which members give away items. You sign up online for your county and state and join the site in your area. The only rules are that you must first offer an item and then you are allowed to request items. You will only get items if you are the first to ask for it and you must pick it up promptly. I have even seen boats and large appliances on this site. (www.freecycle.org)
Furnishing an apartment does not have cost a fortune. If you use some of these suggestions, you will save yourself a lot of money.