Here's How to Never Pay Full Price for Furniture

Jillian Knox Finley

Hands down, the question I get asked most as an editor is "Where do you find the best deals on home décor?" With the fair share of my workday allocated to honing hunter-gatherer skills in the home shopping arena, it's a line of inquiry I take seriously. A streamlined budget means all the more cushion for the next time you find that truly worthwhile splurge. Save your dollars for the great white buffalo of décor, and feather your nest with these wallet-friendly vendors while you're waiting. 

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I don’t have enough good things to say about deep discount retailer Tuesday Morning. It is a diamond in the rough. From Sferra Egyptian cotton sheets to top-of-the-line feather beds, there’s always a score. It is my go to for essentials. The inventory rotates, so it can be hit or miss, but I have never left empty-handed. Go here for linens and bathroom upgrades. You will save big.

Restoration Hardware’s Outlet boasts a phenomenal customer service department. Not only will you find seasonal markdowns of classic furnishings and lush linens, but the store representatives will keep tabs on specific items and inform you when they become available. If you’ve got a RH wish list going on Pinterest, call the nearest outlet in your region.

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HomeGoods is another well-vetted deep-discount staple that requires an in-person visit. They have everything from stainless steel cookware to area rugs and furnishings. You’ll find it all. Ask the store managers when they get new shipments in stock. They’ll let you in on the inside scoop before the weekend rush sets in.

The selection online and in store at World Market always offers our team a surprise find. In fact, as a whole, we love to brag about our hauls from this place; everything from eclectic summer barware for entertaining to distinctive furniture with a well-traveled vibe abounds. If you are looking for oversize area rugs, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more competitive price point.  

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The next time you are buying quinoa in bulk, wander over to the bedding and pet section of Costco. They have crazy-affordable pet beds for large breeds, and I can personally vouch for the efficacy of their hypoallergenic pillows. Their sheet sets are also surprisingly silky, and you can grab whatever electronic upgrades your heart desires, from a Vitamix to a flat screen, on your way out the door.

Online retailer Overstock is aptly named, in that the selection reaches far and wide. For homewares, it's as good as it gets in terms of sourcing every style, make, and colorway you might be hunting down. We recommend a targeted search. Have your keywords squared away, be they “industrial” or “midcentury,” and narrow your results using filters. Without a strategic approach, the inventory can get overwhelming (not a complaint.)

The cheeky name of this Los Angeles vintage shop (TINI is an acronym for "This Is Not Ikea") encourages shoppers to think beyond the catalogue when it comes to design. The selection is some of the most delightfully off-kilter in town, and they may even work an additional discount if you have items for consignment. While our love for IKEA will never die, we’re fully behind this brand’s storied approach to one-of-a-kind savings.

Simply put, Craigslist is the holy grail of home décor scores. Retailers often list inventory on the site, but it’s the offers “by owner” that deliver the most jaw-dropping discounts. Many a time the greatest trophies are being offered up by individuals who fully know their worth, they are just over the inconvenience of listing it on eBay or contacting a dealer. To get the best bang for your buck, know your vocabulary. Cruise 1stdibs and find the exact era of the brutalist credenza you’re searching for and frequent the site with your specific search. Every now and then someone misspells a designer's name, so check a few iterations. Be ready to pounce. The good stuff goes fast. In fact, we dare you to beat us to the punch.

What's the best score you've ever landed for your home? We want to hear all the details. 

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