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January 17, 2019

How I Got a Couch + How I Buy Used Furniture!

     During the whole month of January, I'm sharing bits and pieces of my Charlottesville apartment tour here on Tuesdays. Last week, I shared my living room! The pictures in that blog post were taken before I got my first couch, so in today's blog post I wanted to share a little living room update, and chat a little bit about how I've accumulated used furniture. 






Photography by Kate Greer

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     Since I bought my couch, the pillows, and the coffee table ottoman used- I sadly don't have a lot of details for y'all about what stores they were originally from. 😉But what I can tell you is the amazing story about how I got this furniture set! It was totally a God thing- and I don't say that lightly! I had wanted a couch of my own since I first moved from North Carolina to Vermont, almost two years ago. (My former roommate brought the couch to my Charlotte apartment!) Once it was clear to me that I wouldn't be in Vermont longterm, I decided to postpone getting a couch until I was living somewhere that I saw myself more longterm. After I settled into Charlottesville, I knew that I wanted to be here awhile, and that this was the place that I finally wanted to invest in some more furniture! 

    The only caveat? Couches aren't cheap - and that's an understatement! A good, comfortable couch is most definitely an investment purchase, and I just wasn't in a financial place to make that type of brand new purchase this year. Sure there are cheap couches you can find for a few hundred, but I wanted a couch that really fit my style, and that I'd want to keep around for awhile, not just a starter piece of furniture that I'd want to upgrade from.

    Here's where the God thing part comes in! When I first moved to Charlottesville in the spring, I was able to reconnect with one of my sorority sisters, who had been living/working here already. She ended up moving out-of-state this fall... and was kind enough to let me know that she was selling a lot of furniture from her apartment! She offered me her couch, the coordinating pillows, and the coffee table ottoman for an incredible price that totally fit my budget! I was absolutely ecstatic- her couch is such a beautiful color, and is exactly the type of furniture piece that I would've been saving up to by new for a lot more money. Now that I have this beautiful furniture set in my apartment, I feel like my living room feels finished and "real"! As you can see in one of the photos above, Delilah also loves the couch. I think she thinks I bought it just for her! 😉

     This isn't the first time that I've gotten used furniture from a friend at a very reasonable price (or for free!). The desk that I use for my blog office and my dining set I also acclimated this way, as well as some other random home decor pieces! I will be honest- I think that buying used furniture from things like Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace could be a bit of a gamble. Not saying that you can't sometimes find good things, but there is always a risk with buying something used from a total stranger. But when you purchase or receive free furniture from someone that you already know, you can trust the quality of it (or that they will be honest with you if the quality isn't the greatest, so you really know what you're getting). I've been really lucky in that during the last couple years, I've known a lot of people who have moved around. It's obviously very expensive to move furniture, so sometimes it's more economical for someone to sell or giveaway large furniture and home decor pieces. And that's worked out very well for me!


    I'd love to hear if you have any experiences with used furniture from friends and family! Or if you've taken the plunge and bought something used online from Craigslist or another place. Details on my outfit are below. (I realized after the fact that my skirt kinda matches the couch in these photos- lol!)





     God Bless,


     xoxo Annaliese 
     
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8 comments

  1. Love this! I'm pretty sure almost every piece in our home is hand-me-down or has a similar story to you! Thank the Lord for giving us kind souls with beautiful furniture to share. :)

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  2. oh my gosh that couch is AMAZING_ i absolutely love the color of it- def love doing a few great things like this in our home

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  3. Seriously, what a win! That couch is a stunning color and I love the fun pillows to go with it!! I rarely get used furniture, but this is going to have me on the hunt way more often! I would love to get a fun little couch for my office!

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  4. That couch is BEAUTIFUL and the pillows are so fun! What a great find!

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  5. I absolutely love that couch!! That's awesome that you were able to get it at a price that fit your budget!!

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  6. Wow, that's a nice couch! I love the color. Your outfit is super cute too :)

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  7. I think this couch is beautiful and totally represents SBIT to me! I've definitely purchased second hand furniture before, a lot of what my husband and I have is actually second hand. We like to go antiquing and we rely heavily on some of our family friends who do upholstery to find us the perfect pieces, we have a fainting sofa in our living room that is my favorite furniture piece and it's no-telling how old!

    xoxo, SS


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