shutterstock_146948309When you move into a Fort Collins house rental at The Villages, chances are you’ll need (or want!) to get some new things for your new place. Maybe you’ve upgraded from a one bedroom to a two bedroom or it’s just time to replace that old beat-up couch you found in an alley during your college days. Whatever your reasons, at The Villages, there are plenty of awesome ways to your Fort Collins house rental home furnishings without spending too much. Forget IKEA and Craigslist! These are the best ways to get better stuff for less money:

  • Join Facebook garage sale groups. Search “fort collins garage sale” on Facebook and check out the groups that have formed just to buy and sell household goods. You’ll need to request to join many of these pages, but group administrators are happy to add you. Be sure you read and follow the group rules before you start shopping! This is the next generation of garage sales; no early mornings, no need to do a drive-by to see if they have anything you need. Stuff moves quickly in these groups, though, so you’ll want to move fast if you see something you like. It’s a great way to get rid of any extra stuff you might have, too!
  • Hit the second hand shops in Fort Collins. There are so many awesome second-hand stores in the area where you can find gorgeous home furnishings that don’t look like what everyone else has in their Fort Collins apartment. Stop by Repeat Boutique, Once Again Thrift, or the local Arc and Goodwill stores. Don’t let second-hand conjure images of ratty, broken down furniture. There are some treasures to find in these stores that will have you wondering why you ever pay full price!
  • Colorado State University Surplus Property. This is a true hidden treasure for household goods in Fort Collins. The Surplus Property division of CSU sells off extra items from the school’s inventory as well as items from lost and found. It’s pretty amazing what you can find! The department is open Monday through Friday to the general public and they also use various social media platforms to advertise items. Check out computers, exercise equipment, mirrors, pool tables and even cell phones and athletic shoes!

Have another suggestion for a great place to buy household goods on a tight budget for your Fort Collins house rental? Contact The Villages and let us know! Share your ideas in the comments below.