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Everyone knows that New York is one of the most expensive cities in the United States, but that doesn’t mean that you need to spend a small fortune furnishing your home. These affordable furniture stores are local gems for bargain hunters and antique-lovers.
For a modern, minimalist home style, look no further than Muji. Comparable to the Swedish aesthetics of Ikea, Muji prides itself on “no-frills” furniture that is both functional and fashionable. Muji is located in the city, but also has an online store for a wider selection of furniture.
2. White on White
Based on the idea of bringing modern design to everyday people, White on White hopes to bring style and beauty to everyone’s home at an affordable price. With five locations in New York City, this modern furniture store is sure to impress.
3. Ugly Luggage
Don’t let the name deceive you, Ugly Luggage has some beautiful antiques. If fun and quirky are your style, then this is the place to visit for unmistakable statement pieces for your home. The shop is restocked regularly so if you don’t find what you’re looking for one week, try again the next. The quirky antique furniture is reasonably priced and the staff is willing to negotiate.
4. Yesterday’s News
If you prefer the charm of yesteryear over the mass-produced furniture of the modern era, make sure you stop by Yesterday’s News in Brooklyn. It’s one of the most affordable second-hand stores in the city, with prices that are on par or even less than what they charge in the Midwest. The small store is crowded with retro closets, dressers, light fixtures, couches, bookshelves, and office furniture. There are very few genuine antiques, but its vintage pieces can still help set your place apart.
5. Salvation Army
When you shop at the Salvation Army in Brooklyn, you enjoy that warm and fuzzy feeling that comes with saving money and helping a charity. Shopping here isn’t just about good karma, though. It takes luck to come in when the best furniture is available, but the charity only accepts good quality donations so its pieces are always excellent. There are more clothing racks than furniture items, but you can usually find a great couch, chair, or furniture set among the bargains.
Thanks to these great local stores, you can furnish your New York home for a lot less than you might expect.
Image via Flickr by Zach