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Old 6th Sep 2008, 12:28
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Furniture help

Firstly, apologies to mods if this is not appropriate.

I'm going to be a grown up for real soon, so will need to get a few essentials. I'm pretty clued up where to buy fridge/freezer, washing machine etc. I do have a slight problem though... I won't have a dining room in my new place and I won't have space for a dining table (or similar) to be in place permanently. I need to get a folding dining table with chairs that fit in under the table before you fold it to put away. (Am I making sense?).

I've looked at a few web sites (the regular furniture haunts) but can't find anything even remotely similar. I'm now looking for help from you folks.

Please bear in mind that I don't have vast amounts of cash to spend, and I'm not a fan of ebay or similar (picky, aren't I?)

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Old 6th Sep 2008, 13:16
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I believe son bought just such a table and chairs from John Lewis.

http://www.johnlewis.com/230468663/Product.aspx
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Old 6th Sep 2008, 13:32
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If you don't have vast amounts of cash to spend, this should meet your detailed specification http://tinyurl.com/6hp4km

More seriously, try http://tinyurl.com/6fypql

Be safe, and stay picky!

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Old 6th Sep 2008, 16:27
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I know you have to get up and running quite quickly, but having all my stuff in storage in the UK for a long time left me looking in charity shops wherever I landed up. I have brought some super things for almost nowt.

The ideas was to give it back to charity when I'm finished with it, but some stuff has been so good that I want to keep it.

I got a beautiful rosewood desk. Huge, and with only a few marks. It had cost $3,500 and I picked it up for $50.

I know you don't want huge old stuff, but a single quality item purchased now, could last you for years. Some kids spend a fortune on new stuff, and it's valueless in a year.

And brickabracking is just such good fun.
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Old 6th Sep 2008, 17:00
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Thanks all, for your help so far.

Loose rivets, I'm a big fan of second-hand stuff, as I'm getting a sofa/chair, cooker, wardrobe and a fair amount of other stuff from friends/colleagues/local ads. I'll have a look in my local charity shops as well, to see if I can find something interesting...


Thanks again folks.

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Old 6th Sep 2008, 17:08
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Ikea does a table of this sort. Worth checking out if you're got one nearby.

Charity shop bargains can be great, I agree.
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Old 6th Sep 2008, 18:00
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Hang on - this is a pilots' forum... and you're asking about growing up.

Didn't anyone tell you......?
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Old 6th Sep 2008, 18:22
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Sometimes charity shops can be very annoying.

When I thought I would retire, I purchased some new clothes and threw away some of the older ones. One was from Marks the Tailors in Colchester c 1959 ...try as I would, it wouldn't do up. <<<my face when trying. Two I got in 1971, so it was perhaps time they went.

I took the blazer to Texas where it languished in the wardrobe until the last spell at home. So, I'd paid 60 quid or so for it. Carted it at least twice across the Atlantic and hung it up in the flat. While out walking, I popped into Oxfam for some better class of wine glasses (not kidding) and there, in a long line of jackets was my blazer. Well, very like mine. So like it in fact that one could not tell the difference...save that it was obviously less traveled than mine. Four fkin' quid !!!

Mind you, a posher class of cast-offs are expected in Frinton.
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I second the IKEA option; they have one layout in our local store that shows an entire living and sleeping area in little more than a 2m x 2m space. Good quality too, much better than MFI or the others.
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I'm a bit confused as to the Ikea suggestion. I've trawled their website and I can't find anything like what I'm looking for. Maybe I've actually got to go to the store... which is good news as I can have some meat balls and buy lots of other stuff I don't really need

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Old 6th Sep 2008, 22:06
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Try the 'Freecycle' websites. Google the one closest to you. It's a community of people who are getting rid of - or in need - of stuff. My local list regularly advertises sofas, chairs, bookcases, dining tables, you name it. Well worth joining the list as everything is free. All you need to do is arrange for transport to pick it up.

I have a very nice bookcase courtesy of the list...!
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Old 7th Sep 2008, 21:57
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Oooh yes freecycle is good. Just this week I freecycled two boxes of kitchen tiles. Couldn't take them back as the shop had gone under so on they went.

Ikea may have changed their stock, but they did do just the sort of thing you wanted Glam.
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Old 7th Sep 2008, 23:25
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Thanks Lexxity and Beatriz.

I'll check out Ikea when I get up there and I've joined up on my local Freecycle group. Will just have to figure out something to offer before I'm allowed to ask for something, but it should be good when I get it all figured out.

Thanks again for your help.

Gg

Ps. If anyone's got any good tips for first time "grown up" living, feel free to advise. It's the first time I'll be living on my own in my own place so it's kinda scary!!! Thanks, folks.
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I saw something while back; the (folding) chairs were hung up on the wall; like artwork. Depends on whether you want to risk the wrath of the landlord.
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Old 8th Sep 2008, 00:02
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Lon More,

I won't have to worry about the landlord as it'll be me (finally, my own place!) I did consider the hanging chairs on the wall option, but haven't got enough wall space. Got plenty of cupboards though...

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What, pray, is your objection to the John Lewis table and chairs (which stow inside the folded table)? The price is reasonable IMO when you consider the quality.
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Old 8th Sep 2008, 07:12
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Auction houses...once a week general sales?
Fun, sometimes great bargains, especially unfashionable oak etc.
Go for quality.In England buy second hand Millers antiques guide/1? Give you a price idea. Learn to spot the dealers. Bid in just as they stop.
Do not forget buyer premium.
Ikea and all new stuff just absolute rubbish, no value. Good only for carving initials, like Bismark in Heidelberg!
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Old 8th Sep 2008, 09:41
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G-CPTN,

I don't have any objections as such to the table you kindly suggested, it's a lovely one. In normal circumstances, I'd be straight on to the JL website, but having to pay for temporary accomodation (rather expensive) until completion, I'm worried about money. I would ideally like the one from JL, as it looks great and the quality is probably very good, but my purse is heading towards empty... Didn't mean for that to sound like a sob story, I just guess I have to have a bit of patience until I get my finances back on track.

Thanks again, G-CPTN, I really appreciate it.

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Old 8th Sep 2008, 09:47
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Glam, see if you can find a local discount decorators, we had a vymura factory shop near here where wallpaper could be had for 99p a roll. Alas it has now shut down and the site sold to Barratts.

Get the freecycle mails for a few of your local areas delivered to your inbox, rather than logging in each time, you'll soon pick some good stuff up.

Get energy saving lightbulbs, these can also be picked up from your trip to ikea, as can duvets and curtains for a very reasonable price.
Get a few space saving bits and bobs too. Under bed storage will also be handy too so you can out your winter coats away and things like that.

Check your energy tarriffs first, make sure you are getting the best deal. look on www.moneysavingexpert.com for tips on things like that.

Get your first grocery shop delivered to save you hassle just after you've moved in. Tescos are worth looking at for the clubcard alone. We use our points to pay for days out.

Also it might be worth your while joining costco, buy in bulk, save money, but that depends on your storage situation.
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Old 8th Sep 2008, 10:18
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Lexxity, wow, thank you! Very good adivise there. In regards to the Costco option, I might get together with some friends when buying in bulk and share (went there with a friend on her card once and toilet roll only comes in packs of 60-odd minimum).

I've written all suggestions in my new "How to live like a grown up" note book, so thanks once again, I really appreciate it.

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