We're so excited about all the cool things we found to fill up our shop and we wanted to share some shopping ideas that saved us a ton of money and helped us achieve just the look we were going for!
Our first great tip is... Craig's List!! We had a really good idea of the type of furniture that we wanted, but we knew that to buy it new would be way over our budget. So.... a little online used shopping later, we were off to pick up our great finds. Craig's List can seem a little daunting which is why specific searches can make things a lot easier. Sellers usually know exactly what they're selling and will use as many descriptive words as they can. For instance, we knew we wanted a "writing desk with chair" and came across exactly what we wanted using those search terms - for $150.00 plus paint and a pretty piece of damask fabric to cover the chair seat!! Can't BEAT it! We also knew we wanted a "round, glass table" and found the perfect one that way as well - for $125 plus some beautiful white chair covers and black satin sashes off of Ebay! And make sure to BARGAIN... not my favorite thing (I'm definitely not the wheeling and dealing type) which is why it's great that all the correspondence is done through email. Makes it that much easier try to make a deal. ;) And as an added bonus, it's GREEN! Recycling furniture is an excellent way to be environmentally conscious! We loved saving money, but we're really proud of the green aspect as well. If you're a little more uncertain about exactly what you want, use more general search terms like "desk." You'll get a lot of listings, but if you're persistent, chances are good that you'll find something that works to create your perfect space!
Another idea that we love is our "mock up center" - two low file cabinets that we got for free from a business that was re-decorating and a free door that the same business was getting rid of, placed on top of that and painted white! We love that the hinges are in front and it just has a very vintage, cool look to it!
A few great accessories picked up for bargain prices here and there (spray painted to fit the color scheme if necessary) and voila! One very inexpensive but stylish space.
Just remember, it doesn't have to be perfect to be really beautiful. Experiment, let your creativity flow and the result will be a space that really speaks of who you are!
One word of caution, girls, bring your dad or your significant other with you - there are some great furniture finds out there, but this is the real world and there are also some "interesting" people out there as well.