The second Tuesday of each month will feature a Top 10 list of some of the best online resources for information on topics such as, real-estate, moving, home repair, home decor, house-hunting, finance, budgeting and much more.  Each list will cover blogger topics that are helpful to new or veteran homeowners, and those who are considering buying a property.

Furnishing a home can be really expensive, whether you’ve been gifted hand-me-downs for family and friends or are new to town and are starting from scratch. These resources can help you furnish your home on a budget, and provide some options on where to donate old furniture before a move.*

  1. Habitat for Humanity ReStore (Twitter: @Habitat_org)
    Habitat for Humanity has nine retail stores across the city and online photos (mostly posted via Kijiji) that sell quality new and gently used household items and renovation materials.  The items typically sell for 50-80 percent of the original retail value.  The best part is, all of the sales go directly towards the cause of building homes for those who need it.
  1. Used Toronto (Twitter: @usedtoronto)
    An online marketplace where local Torontonians can buy and sell everything from furniture to garage equipment.  You can search by category and maps will provide information on how far you need to travel to pick up your purchases.
  1. The Singing Lady Consignment Emporium (Twitter: @TheSingingLady1)
    Over 13,000 square footage of furniture and unique finds packed wall to wall in their Queensway location to check out.  Their online site also features New Arrivals and Door Crashers so you can check out the sales without leaving your home.
  1. IKEA (Twitter: @IKEACanada)
    With Toronto locations on The Queensway and Leslie, generations of cash strapped college and university students can’t be wrong.  Online catalogues can help you determine which store has what you need, and they offer delivery.  If you’re planning a renovation you may want to plan it for when they have one of their promos, sometimes they offer money back in IKEA gift cards which always come in handy!
  1. Transition Squad (Twitter: @TransitionSquad)
    Transition Squad has an online and retail consignment store and offers consignment auctions on a variety of household and furniture items.  Unlike most used furniture stores Transition Squad offers exchange for credit for up to six months, so if an item doesn’t work for you, you can take it back!
  1. A Changing Nest (Twitter: @AChangingNest)
    You probably aren’t going to secure the basics here, but this is a great location to go and hunt for the finishing touches: think end tables, wall hangings and rugs.  This is well-curated home accessories at its best, and while some of the items are vintage, they’ll probably become the splurge items rather than the save ones on your budget.
  1. Kijiji
    Another online marketplace where local Torontonians (or people outside the GTA) can buy and sell everything from furniture to garage equipment.  You can search by category and maps will provide information on how far you need to travel to pick up your purchases and work out interesting trades.
  1. Craigslist (Twitter: @craigslist)
    Find what you want, online. There are so many online marketplace where local Torontonians (or people outside the GTA) can buy and sell everything from furniture to exercise equipment, to pets for your new home.  You can search by category and maps will provide information on how far you need to travel to pick up your purchases and work out interesting trades.
  1. Amazon (Twitter: @amazon)
    People often forget about Amazon for its many home and kitchen products.  The best part about Amazon is that items featured on Amazon Prime will get delivered directly to your door in a matter of days, for free. This is a great place to look for lamps, end tables, pots pans, and pretty much anything you can search for.
  1. Walmart (Twitter: @WalmartCanada)
    Walmart may not have the cutting edge in style, but they have online shopping, plenty of basics, and you can check out many of the items in store as well.  An added bonus, many products offer free shipping if you spend over a certain amount.

*For any items that are For Sale from individuals ensure you follow safety surrounding payment (in cash), meeting, and are wary of cloth items for potential issues like bed bugs.

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