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The First Apartment

Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home;
Sir Henry Bishop (Wikipedia)
Welcome to Thrifty Living Today. A special way of life for the Twenty-first Century.

My name is Lori Blatzheim and I am your host.
Graduation from colleges and universities will soon be here. It occurs to me that a number of young people will be looking for a place to work and live as they start their careers. They will have to find a place they can afford as well as furniture and equipment needed to make it livable.
Where will they find the furnishings they need?
If they have been saving for awhile, they may be able to furnish an apartment with the furniture, linens, dishes, glassware, silverware, cookware and equipment they will need by purchasing this at local stores. This will, of course, place a large dent in what savings they have. I don't recommend it.
My idea is that, once the apartment or other residence is confirmed, they take a look around for second hand items they can use. I like the thought of buying at:
  • rummage sales
  • tag, yard, garage, or estate sales
  • thrift stores
These are great opportunities. Attending a second hand sale is like a treasure hunt. Those at the event never know what they will find.  
Shopping requires some preliminary work. There must be a list of what will be needed in the new place of residence. Another help is to include the dimensions of the kitchen and bedrooms, the size of the beds, windows, floor, and tables.
A tape measure, old blankets for packing, bungee cords, and a vehicle which can be used to transport furniture are great additions.  
Those planning to shop need to determine where sales will be held. This information may be found in local newspapers, on signs, or special online web sites.
O. K., so what about those people who are not about to travel the second hand route. What options do they have? Well, they can get to know their friends and relatives better and in the course of conversation they can mention that they are open to taking any unwanted items off there hands. Sometimes this can work. 
Attitude helps
Let's face it. Nothing in life, or very little, is perfect. Few first apartments, or other places of residence, will be noteworthy. What they will do is provide the young person with a learning experience. Some things gathered will be kept for a while. Others will be traded, sold, or discarded very early in the life of the buyer.
I wish you good luck, good fortune, and the development of a new skill, buying second hand supplies. The experience will result in a memory. One you won't forget. 
Lori Blatzheim is a wife, mother, grandmother, writer, thrift advocate, and retired nurse. She knows that use of Thrift can help people because she has experienced the benefits.


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