Monday, May 6, 2013

Quality vs. Price

These two recent posts have me thinking: The bitterness of poor quality from The Frugal Girl and Goodwill, Badwill, Questionable-Will from The Non-Consumer Advocate.

For some reason, I have a very hard time remembering that I like high quality over low price. Because of this, I own a ton of cheap shirts from department store clearance racks that last one season, or maybe two, and then have to be replaced.

I'm starting to get better about this - last year Peanut and I replaced a lot of our cookware with restaurant supply store items instead of big box store brands, and we've been very happy about that. We're planning a small revamping of our living room/office set up that will require some new to us furniture and I've been struggling with how to achieve it. We are on a very tight budget, but it really needs to be done in order to babyproof the computer area. So I'm torn between going to Ikea, trying to find the same pieces I want from Ikea on Craigslist, or hoping that I stumble across something that fits the space at an estate sale. The first two options are likely to end in broken down furniture in a few years, and the last option is an exercise in frustration. Maybe there are options that we haven't really explored, though, like unfinished furniture stores, or building something ourselves...any suggestions? We need two desks, six shelves, and a cabinet that can be turned into a modified window seat. The cabinet/window seat is the big priority, since that will hide all the dangerous wires.

I'm still working out how we're going to manage all the updates I want to do - have you been in a similar situation? What did you decide?


  1. Do not go to IKEA! Not only is their furniture "disposable", but their customer service is horrific. Craigslist can be a crapshoot. I once got an amazing kitchen unit (usually $200) for $25. Thrift stores also offer some great pieces of furniture. You have to check back regularly as their inventory is always changing. Best of luck!

  2. I've found some of IKEA's stuff to be just fine - depends on how heavily you use things. Most of my stuff got a little bashed up in my last couple of moves, but that would have happened to any furniture.

    Now that Craigslist has a grid view for their search, it's really easy to eyeball the offerings. You could try NON-ikea craigslisting and see how it goes. It certainly makes browsing MUCH more pleasant than the eternal clicking that used to be required.

  3. I have a really hard time with this - particularly with clothing. I know in my head that I should go for quality but I struggle with how much that costs!!


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