With the exception of one or two pieces, Rob and I have never furnished our home with new things. They have mostly been second hand. I used to find most of my deals through garage sales and Goodwill, but over the last year, I have found most of my deals on Craigslist. I don't have a picture to post yet, but I did find a dining table with 6 chairs for $50 at a garage sale that match the pine furniture in the living room. Since then, I have been keeping an eye out for a china hutch that would match the table. Craigslist to the rescue! I found the matching hutch for $100. I sold my old unmatching hutch for $50, so the new one only cost $50! Can you beat that?
I also kept searching Craigslist for a new couch. I don't have a lot of room, but with 7 of us, we needed more than just a couch and a bench. I really wanted to hold out for leather, but wasn't seeing anything that I liked that was in my price range. My persistant searching paid off when I found this couch, chair and ottoman for only $300. It is sooooo comfortable and of course, everyone wants to sit in the chair with the ottoman!
I really thank God for helping me find these deals! Sometimes the way I find things and how well they match what I'm looking for and the price being in line with what I have saved up leaves no doubt in my mind that I have my very own personal shopper working things out just for me! In other's eyes, we have so little, but in my opinion, we are blessed with so much! Compared to the majority of the world, we are rich, and I'm always thanking God for his blessings to us. We have a (little) roof over our heads, but it's a roof. We have plenty of clothes and food, too. God has provided for us and we are thankful! It's a little early yet to do a post on Thanksgiving, but I'm thankful, nonetheless!