Welcome to my Apartment/First blog post
Welcome to my blog!
My name is Paxton and I am a 1st year M.A student earning her master's degree in Global Museums Studies. Last week I moved to San Francisco to start a new chapter in my life. It is a beautiful bustling city, but it certainly isn't cheap. The rent may ask for a demanding price, but new apartment furniture does not. In my first ever blog post, I thought it would be fun to give you a tour of my apartment and show you how I created my apartment without spending my year's worth of student loans.
The first place I explored is Goodwill. As one would say, one man's junk is another man's treasure. My mom and I were in search for a small but cozy chair for the corner of my bedroom. Who knew that we would find this chair for under $20! Pros with Goodwill is you can find almost anything here from chairs, kitchenware, clothes, even some wall artworks. For me personally, the downfall with Goodwill is some of the store prices aren't as cheap as one would think when purchasing hand me down items. Don't get me wrong, it is a lot cheaper than buying something brand new at Target, but there were some items that seemed like it was the same price as its original retail price. Overall, if you think it costs too much for a secondhand item, then it probably is. However, if you think it's a fair price, then go for it! I think this is a great first place to visit when doing a frugal apartment shopping trip. If you are searching for a Goodwill store in the SF area, use the following link.
2. Garage Sale
Got nothing to do on a Saturday morning? Think no further than hitting up a local garage sale. I found this pink couch (left image) in my front room at a garage sale for under 15 dollars! The black/dark brown dresser (turned home bar) my mom found in our neighborhood garage sale and it was under $30. A Pro to garage sale hunting is, first of all, you don't have to travel that far. It can be a walk up the street or even right next door. Also if you know your neighbors, you can trust that it will be in good condition! Down side to garage sales is that yes there will be some eclectic items, however, it is not the most reliable way to shop for specific items. For example, the odds of finding an expansive kitchen collection is pretty small. It is a fun quick trip to take on a Saturday morning; who knows what you could find.
3. Consignment Stores
If you want to still search for second-hand items, another great option is a consignment store. Consignment stores are like goodwill where the store items are secondhand items, however, with consignment stores, you can sometimes earn money back (woohoo!). This is not always a guarantee, but if you bring in some well-known brand items (in good condition!) then you can earn some cash! Why I mention this tidbit is because usually, consignment stores are going to have nicer/more popular brand named items that are in good condition. In the photo below, my dining table came from a consignment store. It is going to be more expensive than Goodwill or a garage sale, but you are going to pay for better brand name items.
4. DIY, DIY, DIY!!
If you can't find what you are looking for, do it yourself! The gold chairs in the dining room (image above) and the white chair at my desk were both spray paint creations. YouTube has some great tutorials on how to create beautiful apartment decorations.
I hope you find this helpful for your next apartment store adventure! Let me know in the comments down below if you ever found any cool items before at a Goodwill, garage sale etc. etc. Today was the first day of school for me so I have some reading to do before my class tomorrow. Come back every Wednesday for new posts!