Get A Designer Item For Your Home Without The Price Tag
Your home and its interiors are one of the biggest investments you can make. Furnishing your space can be a daunting task, especially if you are looking to purchase luxury or designer items. These pieces present a large up-front financial commitment but are guaranteed to add luxury and glamour to any room.
Think outside the box and consider other ways to get a designer item for your home without the extravagant price tag. We asked our Director and Principal Stylist Justine Wilson to explain the advantages of buying second-hand pieces, why it is essential to keep an eye on the sales and how to get the look for less with affordable replica furniture.
The first way to save when buying designer is to look out for second-hand pieces. Although purchasing from the showroom floor can seem like the easiest route, the retail mark-ups on brand new furniture can be excessive.
When looking for luxury labels, search your local charity shops and vintage stores for hidden gems. People often discard fantastic vintage pieces without knowing what the item is, what’s is worth or whether it was iconic or not.
Persistence is key and you never know what unexpected pieces you might find. You will see leather chesterfield sofas, amazing marble and brass dining tables and coffee tables, and plenty of Hollywood Regency items at many of the Salvation Army stores. Just keep an eye out for them.
Get to know the delivery days for each location, and get in early to be the first to scout through the new stock. As they say, one person’s trash can be another person’s treasure!
SCOUT OUT BARGAINS
If you’ve got your heart set on a designer piece, make sure to check if there are any holiday or clearance sales on the horizon. Make sure to subscribe to the email newsletters of luxury brands and furniture stores you are considering purchasing from to stay in touch with any upcoming promotions.
Take time to plan for designer purchases. Research is the number one tip, search Gum Tree, eBay and current furniture retailers to get an idea of what items are worth and what the average price of an item is.
Be strategic and think about what seasons and times of year are most likely to see designer items on sale. Pre-spring and post-Christmas tend to be key times for clearing stock, meaning a higher chance of securing the items you want a much lower price.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO BARGAIN
Even if there are no sales advertised, it’s a good idea to inquire about potential discounts. If you’re looking to purchase multiple items at once, make sure to ask if you can bundle these designer pieces for a discounted price. Since buying designer is such a costly endeavour, it’s important to find any wiggle room you can to help ease the financial strain of these investments.
Do your research and look for the best price available for each item, and see if other stores will match or even beat this figure. Make sure to ask about their policies on free delivery, assembly and installation and make these costly purchases work to your advantage.
OPT FOR AFFORDABLE LOOK-ALIKES
If designer items still prove out of reach, replica furniture can be a fantastic option to consider. Many furniture companies are now producing look-alike pieces nearly identical to the original, selling for just at a fraction of the cost. These budget-friendly brands focus on staying current with interiors trends, meaning you’re likely to find copycat versions of current pieces seen in luxury stores.
Mix new and vintage items, as the best homes are the ones curated with a mix of top end items, second-hand vintage items and feel overall a little eclectic.
The biggest advantage of replica furniture is that it allows you to experiment with new looks and styles without the burden of financial investment. This proves a great option for renters or first-home owners wanting to play around with luxury interiors looks without spending a fortune.
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