For those of us lucky enough to have a holiday home, here is a little guide as to how to furnish it cheaply – and have fun as well!
My husband Bill and I have just bought a little chalet near Hastings. It’s a lovely little home and we bought it furnished, but oh my! Inside it was like something from the 1970s, so all the furniture had to go!
Now, we don’t have a lot of cash to spare so here are a few tips on how to save yourself a few pennies.
Depending on what you are looking for and what you need, it is actually quite easy to source cheap furniture. Look at local stores for those which are clearing old stock – especially after Christmas when the sales are on. For those of you who are a bit ‘Internet savvy’, go online and visit websites that give you a discount if you buy directly from them. Go to car boot sales or garage sales. Even charity shops sell furniture, and you may just find that perfect item.
When you buy furniture, you need to be practical and think what you need it for. Consider if it is in the budget and if it is practical.
A must for people of our age is really comfy seating, but that can be expensive. My husband Bill and I were driving along and came across a sign outside someone’s house offering a ‘House Clearance’. Apparently the family were emigrating, and everything ‘had to go’. Well, we picked up a lovely floral-patterned two-seater sofa (almost new), and a matching reclining armchair – all for £60.00! I ask you! And for another £20 we picked up no end of useful bits and bobs for the kitchen and bathroom.
We spent goodness knows how many Sunday mornings at local car boot sales and did really well. A microwave – as good as new – for £15, a toaster for £4, a full canteen of stainless steel cutlery for just £12, and best of all, a Teasmade for just £8! Bargain! Besides, bargain hunting is such great fun.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I draw the line at sleeping in a second-hand bed. Even when we go away, we always bring our own under sheets and top sheets with us. Well, you can’t be too careful, can you!
I know there are a lot of snobs out there who will only buy a top-of-the-range bed, but we bought a really comfy bed from IKEA of all places…and for less than £250.00! Another bargain in my book!
Anyway, with a little bit of this and a little bit of that, we managed to furnish the whole chalet from top to bottom for less than £800!
So, to all you folks out there planning on buying a second home, you really can do it on a tight budget and have great fun too!