I struggled with my decision on including lighting under Splurge or Secondhand – because you can get good lighting secondhand.
But I ultimately decided to include under Splurge because there is a difference between mediocre lighting, good lighting, and great lighting, and I never regret my splurges on great lighting. I’ve also never had any luck with great lighting on FB MP, but I know plenty of people who have!
An example of mediocre lighting: $20 boob light from home depot (excessive amounts of these are on FB MP)
An example of good lighting: Safavieh lamps from Overstock (also abundant on FB MP)
An example of great lighting: Anything by Hudson Valley Lighting or Visual Comfort (few and far between FB MP)
I was eyeing this VC lamp for nearly two years and patiently waited for it to show up on FB MP before I decided to purchase it a few weeks ago. I tried to be patient, but sometimes you just have to go for it. I’m glad I did!
PILLOWS & BEDDING
Like upholstered goods, you can find amazing, quality secondhand furniture for cheap. For context, I was able to furnish most of our home in under 3 years just with FB MP (and maybe a little Craigslist). Case closed.
thanks for the thoughtful information. Do you clean the upholstery of couches and chairs when you buy them used? I passed up on a couch that I liked because I couldn’t get over the thought that someone else used it
Sarah Katherine says
Always love these posts! And agree about the lighting – it is nigh impossible to find an attractive, modern chandelier or pendant on FB Marketplace that is not $$$. I also live in Nashville so you think there would be a market for it. Anyways, this affirms I should move on from my searching and go retail.
Thanks for reading Sarah!! Yes, Lighting really can make or break a room!
The sofa that was purchased second hand is gorgeous; however, I probably wouldn’t purchase second hand upholstered furniture second hand unless I know the seller very very well. Too many creepy crawlies that can infest my house. My daughter learned the hard way and it costs her hundreds if not thousands of dollars and lots of work to rid her home from bedbugs brought in on a used sofa.