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mrgorth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-05 09:36 AM
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Buying a new house, need to fill it...
I've been checking buyblue for stuff. Definitely going with Working Assets for a cell phone. Going to bed bath and beyond for most stuff. I need to buy some plates and stuff. I might buy off the web from Crate and Barrel which is a blue co. but I'd prefer to buy from a small manufacturer that sells over the web or through catalogue if you can recommend someone. Thanks.
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politicat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-08-05 09:43 PM
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1. Reuse, reduce, recycle....
Find a local freecycle group. Hit the resale shops in your area. Hit the HGTV website for information on how to build your own N.

We found a gorgeous set of dishes (complete but for 1 missing tea cup) at the Humane Society Thrift store, and the money went to help the local Humane Society. I've bought a second set for special occasions or whenever I feel like using them from the humane society.

Check your phone book for a restaurant supply shop and buy there. Most of them are independent, local businesses and sell professional grade supplies rather than eye candy for consumers.

Be patient and be willing to look about until you find the thing that you really, really want, rather than something that the advertisers and PR people tell you you want.

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NMMNG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-09-05 02:46 AM
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2. I've heard of Freecycle
You can find oodles of things there. I've even heard of people listing cars, though I'm sure that's not a common event. Here is a link to a PA Freecycle Yahoo! group that you may find helpful. Good luck filling up your new home!
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Joebert Donating Member (726 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-10-05 10:30 PM
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3. You might look at overstock.com
I don't know their politics, but I found some damn cheap blankets and comforters to get ready for winter.

Very nice quality too.

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yorkiemommie1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-05 12:37 PM
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6. overstock is blue
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-08-05 02:42 PM
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7. And their shipping is cheap, cheap, cheap!
They do have a strict return policy. I believe it's a 20 or so day limit. If you miss the deadline, they aren't lenient. I ran into that one time and now am careful to open my packages immediately and try out the product. I had sheets that weren't sized quite well and they wouldn't change their policy and let me return them. Maybe I just got a tough service rep. Otherwise, I like Overstock very well. Their prices are fabulous.
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-18-05 01:44 PM
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4. How about art festivals?
Pottery bought at art fairs/ festivals often costs no more that what can be obtained at the big chain stores, plus you're supporting an American artist!
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-25-05 07:42 AM
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5. Bed, Bath & Beyond is very blue
if you need any stuff like that.
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-08-05 02:46 PM
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8. Check out the thrift shops if you have one nearby
I'm always finding terrific buys on all sorts of household items. There are always good prices on baskets and plenty of choices. Sometimes those little fill-in items can be pricey at the regular stores and rock bottom at the thrifts.

Congratulations on your new home! All the best of fun with your decorating and settling in.
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cpamomfromtexas Donating Member (453 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:09 PM
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9. Shop with small sellers on Ebay
At least you're contributing to American jobs
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