This is all the name of the game , right ?
Buying things second hand , $30 .
I'm a haggler .
I may have forgotten to measure .
I'm so close , which is what makes this so frustrating .
My name is Rachel and I just moved into my own one bedroom apartment .
One thing I have come to realize is that I really don't have a lot of furniture , like pretty much no furniture .
So I've never really been that big into decorating .
I've actually had the same tattered map of the world on my wall since like 2014 , but since I'm older now and this is the first place that's just mine .
I really want to put some effort into it to make it feel like my home .
But I also don't want to spend a lot of money .
So I thought it could be fun to challenge myself to furnish my living room for only $500 .
So the only other rule is that any item that I acquire for this apartment to be second hand , which is also probably the only way I can do this since second hand furniture is way more affordable .
Not only does new furniture cost a lot .
It's also really not great for the environment .
In fact , the EPA reported that in 2017 , about 12.2 million tons of furniture waste was generated in the US .
And in 2015 US homes were estimated to spend about one 121.7 billion dollars on new furniture .
So right now , here are the items I currently have for my apartment , a lamp , a rug , this chair I got from merle , a coffee table .
No , wait , that's a laundry basket .
So here are the items I need to find for my apartment , a couch , a coffee table , a TV , stand a T VA bookcase .
And then I also want to get some plants and decorations with any leftover money that I have .
Is this going to be possible ?
Who knows ?
I am very afraid we're going to do it anyway .
I'm getting a little nervous now because I'm remembering how indecisive I am and how picky I can be going into Goodwill .
And we'll see if I find anything here .
I'm not seeing a ton of furniture here , but there is something that wasn't on my list , which is just this a little adorable side table .
And I think it could actually be really cute if I spray painted it , I think I'm gonna get it .
It's like $20 .
Not only did I just get that little side table , which I didn't need , but I also got adorable wicker basket for $8 that I can put my yoga mat in .
Goodwill coming through .
I have now spent $27 and I haven't even gotten anything on the list yet .
Now I'm gonna try looking for some used items online , which is where I think I'm going to have the most success first .
I'm gonna try offer up .
So , let's see if I can find a couch .
This is the piece of furniture .
I think I'm the most nervous about finding couches tend to be expensive .
And I really want one that I actually like .
I think as far as color goes , ideally , I'd want like a neutral .
Let's start with zero and we'll go up to $200 just for the heck of it .
This is a sectional sofa for $60 .
I wonder if there's something I could do to kind of like patch up this damage on the corner of the couch .
This is actually a beautiful couch .
I do like the olive green color .
This is a pretty nice couch for $90 .
Would this even fit though ?
I think I'm going to ask what the measurements are for this couch .
This person is saying they originally got this couch for $3000 and they're selling it now for 50 .
See , you can get really nice stuff secondhand .
Oh , I have an inbox .
They said 100 and 19 inches by 98 inches and that it still still available So let's go measure .
So I just measured and unfortunately , that really big sectional couch doesn't look like it's going to fit .
I just got back on here and I was looking around and I found this other couch .
It's only $25 .
I just reached out to this woman to see if it was available and she said it is .
So I'm gonna see if I can come pick it up this weekend .
But I think this might be the couch .
So while I'm waiting for her to respond , I think I'm going to go check out Facebook marketplace now and I need a coffee table .
This is a coffee table slash storage chest .
You can put stuff in there .
What is this rustic coffee table for $60.19 hours ago ?
And it's really close to me too , selling very cheap because it has a slight wobble .
If you push it easily can be fixed with the right screws .
I'm gonna see if he would sell it to me for $50 .
There is this group that I think Ari Jackson told me about .
It's called a Buy Nothing Group .
It's basically a group in your local community that offers items that they no longer need .
And then if you need something , you can go into the group and ask to see if anyone has it .
I don't know if asking for a TV is like too much .
I do need some potted plants for this living room .
So maybe I'll see if anyone has any extra .
In the meantime , I think I'm gonna check out an G which is Craigslist .
Maybe Craigslist will have a TV .
This is a 52 inch sharp liquid crystal TV .
No remote , no power cord , no stand .
I don't know if I want to do that 10 , ok .
Sharp Roku TV .
50 inches in excellent condition selling , because they just purchased a bigger TV .
They're selling it for 100 and $20 .
I wonder if I can talk them down .
This is the idea TV , that I want .
So I think I'm just gonna see if he'll take $100 for it .
The guy got back to me about the coffee table .
$50 would be all right , you're beautiful .
The woman from o up with the $25 couch just got back to me and she said she's free tomorrow afternoon .
I think I can start making moves then to get the pick up truck for tomorrow .
So I'm gonna go grab the coffee table now .
Hopefully I can arrange some other things to pick up tomorrow so I can rent a truck .
I have a table .
I really like it .
The only thing I have to say is it does wobble a bit when you get there in person .
Don't be afraid to be like , hey , this is more wobbly than I was expecting it to be .
Can we actually do $35 when I got there in person .
I was too nervous to say that to his face .
So I just said it's fine and I paid $50 for it .
So don't do what I did .
This is all the name of the game , right ?
Like buying things second hand .
So I'm definitely learning along the way .
I'm heading to , it's called restore and it's part of habitat for humanity .
People donate their furniture and other used items .
So I'm gonna go check it out .
Maybe they have like a cheaper TV here .
So it looks like they have some tvs here , but they're a little bit smaller than I would like for $100 .
I can get like a much bigger TV .
That's a lot nicer and newer after going to the store and seeing they don't really have a big TV selection .
I think I do want to go with the one from Craigslist and it's great because she just got back to me and told me that it's available and she will do it for $100 .
So I'm gonna try to look for a TV stand now and see if I can find anything .
Oh , this is nice .
It's 100 and 20 .
So that's more money than I want to spend .
But I also haven't spent as much on other items as I was expecting to at this point .
So I have a little bit more wiggle room here .
But let me see if she would take 100 for this , this woman already just got back to me and she said she can do it for 100 but she can only do next Wednesday .
This is probably the trickiest part of this whole thing is coordinating this pickup .
So hopefully we can make this work .
It's a new day and I'm going to check and see if anybody got back to me from the Buy Nothing Group .
Oh my gosh .
Somebody messaged me back and she said , hey , Rachel , I have some plants that need a little TLC and I will be happy to give them to you .
So far I have spent $303 .
I really still just need a bookcase and I'd also really like to get a second couch , which I think now I'm going to be able to afford .
So I want to see if I can find a couch that fits within my budget .
And then I can also pick up around that same time on Wednesday couch for $25 .
0 , but it was posted two months ago .
The cushion looks a little like it's seen better days .
Here's a round a love seat , but it was from five months ago .
Definitely has moved by now .
Oh , I kind of like this one .
It's gray slash green .
I'm gonna see if this is still available .
And in the meantime , I think I'm just gonna ask on Instagram if any of my friends happen to have furniture that they're trying to get rid of .
All right .
So , while I was just posting that , it looks like somebody responded , one of the green couches , he said yes , it's available .
Oh my gosh .
Ask me 100 and 20 for the couch .
Should I ask if he will take 100 for it ?
He's been trying to sell this for five weeks .
So maybe he will take $100 .
I just got back from picking up the TV .
I somehow just managed to carry it up these stairs and I didn't drop it in the pool .
So that's success .
I mean , that's part of this , you know , buying things second hand and picking them up yourself .
It's gonna be more work than say , like getting it shipped to your door .
But I got this thing for $100 .
And when I look at the price online , it looks like it's on sale , but even on sale , it's still like $400 .
I mean , this is the way to go .
So the guy just got back to me and not only did he say yes to the $100 say yes to the Wednesday pick up .
But he specifically can only do Wednesday night , which is the only time I can do because I'll have the truck that serendipity .
He got a green , a green .
So one of my friends responded to my Instagram story and they have a bookcase .
It's not the kind of bookcase I would normally jump off and I didn't really want a white one .
But I was thinking that since I'm going to go get spray paint to spray paint the side table , anyway , why didn't I just spray paint this bookcase ?
So I'm heading to Home Depot right now to see what my options are .
He's gonna mix my own paint color for me .
I am leaving Home Depot didn't have enough of the spray paint in the color I wanted .
And then the guy was like , why don't you just get some regular paint and use a roller ?
And I was like , yeah , obviously .
So now I'm going to go paint this tomorrow and I'm very excited .
All right , it's Wednesday morning and my friend just dropped off the bookcase .
So , you know what that means ?
Let's paint .
It took a really long time , but I'm finally done with both coats and I'm so happy with how these came out .
This is like a really affordable way to take some old furniture you have lying around instead of getting rid of it to give it a new life .
I'm here with Jo Jo .
We're on our way to get the furniture .
It is time .
This is not a drill people .
I'm so excited .
We just got the first couch and the TV stand , we're gonna drop them off and then go get the second couch and Johanna kindly pointed out to me that may not be room for a second couch in this apartment .
Did I measure ahead of time ?
All right .
We're gonna have one couch .
We're gonna be a one couch households .
I'm really disappointed that I didn't end up getting the other couch , but I feel like it's gonna be too tight of a squeeze .
Should I measure that better ?
It's ok .
Tomorrow's a new day not giving up .
I still want to find something that's gonna fit in that space .
So I'm thinking like a big oversized chair since I didn't end up getting the beige couch .
And then I also am going to need some throw pillows to go on the green colored couch .
I found a beige oversized chair that I really liked and I also found some throw pillows that I really liked .
So I reached out to both of those people .
Hopefully , I will hear back .
The lady just got back to me about the chair and it's still available .
She's asking 125 for the chair , just asked if she'd accept 85 .
We will see what she says .
One of them got back to me about throw pillows .
She wants $35 for two throw pillows .
I can go buy new throw pillows for $35 .
I'm getting a little spicy with this woman .
I said the most I can go is $30 because for any more , I might as well just buy new ones A O but an exciting update is that the person got back to me about the chair and she accepted $85 for this chair .
I'm getting really nervous about the budget .
Now , of everything , if I spend $30 on these throw pillows , I'm gonna be over $500 .
0 , my gosh .
She responded .
She said that's fine .
I'm a haggler but I'm still over now .
I still feel like I have done very well in this challenge so far .
I think I'm just gonna be ok with that .
So luckily my friend has a truck and he was able to help me pick up this chair .
I didn't know if we could do it , but we did it .
We got this thing inside .
I'm very happy with this purchase for $85 .
I just picked up my free plants that I got from the buy nothing group .
They look great .
I also have some other plants too , so I'm gonna mix them all together .
I mean , hey , I got them for free .
So that was awesome .
All right .
So I just got home from picking up the pillows and I love the pillows .
I think they're so cute .
And the girl actually gave me $5 off because she realized there was a water stain on the back of one of them .
And then the girl also happened to be getting rid of this gold lamp that I thought was so perfect and would match everything so well .
And she sold to me for $10 .
So I was like , I can't say no to that .
So now I have everything and it's just time for me to put the whole room together .
Now it's time for the big reveal .
I am so happy with how this living room came out .
I had no idea how I was going to pull this off and I really exceeded my expectations .
It's crazy to think I got everything here second hand and for $100 or less , I love how the painted bookcase came out , especially once I added in my books and my plants .
I love how the pillows match the couch and the rug .
I think they're so cute and I'm really happy .
I ended up not getting a second couch because I , I really like how the big oversized chair fits into this room .
I think one of my favorite transformations is really the little side table because that looks like a completely different item .
Now , I can't believe I got it for $20 at goodwill , but I love how everything here really feels like it's my style and matches the theme I was going for and that I was able to achieve that without buying anything new .
So overall between the couch chair , coffee table TV , stand TV , side table lamp pillows , basket paint , and the roller brush bookcase and the plants which I got for free .
It all came out to $523 .
So I was $23 over budget , but I think it's fine because I ended up getting more things than I originally had set out to get .
So I think I still did a pretty good job and I didn't add this into the total price .
But I also want to point out that I spent about $85 on the truck that I rented to pick up all the furniture .
So that is going to be an added expense unless you already have a truck or you have a friend who will let you borrow theirs .
So even though this was a little stressful at times , it was way better for the environment and it saved me a ton of money , plus it was fun and it let me be creative and think outside the box .
So I hope I inspired you to try this yourself and see what you can find .
Second hand we did it .
Can I watch my TV ?