A good dining room table can really set you back several hundred bucks. But Wayfair has plenty of 3- to 5-piece sets available for under $300, so you can find something great—whether for your own home or the kids' first apartment. Shown is the Monarch Specialties Inc. 3 Piece Dining Set, $174.95.
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It's not always easy to find a sofa you love for a price you can stomach. But believe it or not, Urban Outfitters—mostly known for clothing and accessories—has about a dozen sofas for under $1,000. Shown is the Anywhere Sofa in Green, on sale for $259.99.
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Here's one for lovers of modern design: Muji emphasizes functionality, simplicity in design, and quality materials. Check out the popular Japanese furniture company for cookware, tables, chairs, and adjustable shelves. Shown is the Stacking Shelf in Walnut, $239.95.
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Use Craigslist to find cast-off antiques at a steal. If you know how to haggle, you'll feel right at home on the site, which connects you to individuals selling goods in major city "markets." And remember, Craigslist doesn't just have furniture—you could find your next roommate, apartment, or job on the site too. Shown is a set of four dining seats, $40.
With products varying a bit store to store (and no online shop), HomeGoods offers a real treasure hunt. The prize? Something for everyone, all at 20 to a whopping 60 percent off of department store prices. You could conceivably outfit your home in a single trip to HomeGoods with its array of furniture, kitchen supplies, rugs, bedding, and wall decor. Shown is the Oversize Gray Tufted Arm Chair with Burlap detail, $299.99.
Whether you're shopping online or in stores, World Market offers an ever-changing, always eclectic selection of furniture and housewares, much of it sourced internationally. Choose from baskets made in Bali, pottery made in Portugal, and sophisticated, quality furniture made here and abroad. Shown is the Modular Kitchen Wall Storage Collection, starting at $19.99
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Turn to Chairish for vintage finds from design devotees looking to let go of their decor, furniture, accessories, and more. You'll see items as low as $45 on the same page as a high-end styles in the $1,000s. Scout the site as you would a high-tech antique market—you can sort by style, price, and even locality if you're looking for only treasure you can pick up from nearby. Shown is a set of Twin Sheraton Style Maple Field Beds, $100.00.
Sauder Furniture started as a one-man business that was based in a barn. Even today, 80 years after its founding, the company still makes 90 percent of its furniture in America—in Archibold, OH, to be exact, the same tiny town where it began. At Sauder, you get ready-to-assemble furniture made of real wood, and you get it for a real bargain. Shown is the Edgewater Collection Computer Desk and Organizer Hutch, $319.98
Finding a good-quality area rug that doesn't make you cringe at the cost can be a challenge. With its large variety of styles and prices starting at $10.99, Overstock has the answer—and then some. This online megastore sells over a million different products, all at a fraction of the retail price. Shown is Artistic Weavers Hand-woven Macy Chevron Cotton Area Rug, $32.95
TINI (This Is Not IKEA)
Not only does this Los Angeles–based store have a great selection of vintage furniture and accessories, but the prices are extremely reasonable and almost comparable to that of Craigslist. Listed styles range from mid-century modern to industrial, with each piece carefully selected for its unique, one-of-kind-look. No ready-to-assemble furniture here, folks; this is not IKEA. Shown are Wooden Distressed Nightstands with Doors, $195 each.
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