My Sweet Addiction: Shopping For Apartment Items Online

Loaded messengerHi, my name is Christa and I am an online shopping junkie. I love the convenience and ease of shopping for my favorite things without having to leave the house. So, when it came to decorating and supplying my apartment, I did what came naturally and started searching all the .com’s and .net’s for best deals. Before I knew it, I had signed up for far too many online home shopping sites and stalked them through their daily emails. These are a few of my favorite sites for apartment items.

Wayfair – Wayfair advertises itself as the largest online shopping website for the home, and they might be right. The possibilities are endless here! They have everything from furniture to flooring and you can get up to 70% off retail price if you shop smart. Not only do they have great quality products at decent discounts, they also have an “Ideas and Advice” section that shows you how their products can be used to spruce up your home. Wayfair offers free shipping on specific items or orders over $50, and their shipping time is reasonable depending on what you buy. Large items like couches or beds can be delivered to your apartment in as little as 3 to 6 days if you’re willing to remove the packaging yourself. If you want someone to take care of the heavy lifting for you, and give a little TLC, their White Glove Freight service delivers between 1-4 weeks.

Zulily – Zulily calls itself a website for “moms, babies, and kids” but it also offers great deals on well-known and newer brand name home accessories. Zulily’s format is similar to Wayfair’s with deals that last up to 72 hours. They differ from Wayfair in that their sales begin at 6am instead of 12pm and they also have one day sales that sell out very quickly. This is the website where I got a few of my kitchen accessories. They have Cuisinart products for up to 65% off retail price and window curtains at 50% off. The discounts are great but the tradeoff can be the shipping time. I ordered two small products and it took about 2 weeks to get them. Thank goodness I didn’t have to use them right away. If you’re in a time crunch this website might not work out for you. Zulily orders in bulk from their vendors so if you bought something that only a few other people bought, you are basically waiting for more people to make the same purchase so Zulily can make their bulk purchase from their vendor. Also, their return policy is a bit tricky. You can call their customer service team if you want to return something, but because they bought the products in bulk to fill existing orders, they can’t really return your product to the warehouse. So you might end up with a non-refundable and non-exchangeable product.

Joss &MainJoss & Main is a new discovery for me. From what I’ve gathered so far, they have a nice selection of furniture, décor, and home accessories. They’re on the high end side of things but if you look around a bit, you can find some really cute accessories for a good price. They have the same 3-day sale event format as Zulily, but their event sales feature products that showcase distinctive trends.  Joss & Main membership is free to join like its other online counterparts, and you can find member’s only deals up to 70% off (but they’re a bit scarce). In my opinion, I would reserve this website for accessories and possibly housewarming gifts.

ModCloth- ModCloth is an online clothing website that’s known for selling vintage and original clothing pieces but, similar to the Urban Outfitters, they also have an apartment décor section. They feature cute, cheap accessories and décor for the quirky, fun, tongue-in-cheek kind of person. They are very out-of-the-box and they can add a really nice personal touch to your apartment. ModCloth’s accessories are extremely specific so if something from their site catches your eye, it will definitely showcase your personality. Like Wayfair, they offer free shipping on orders over $50, but unlike Wayfair, they do returns and exchanges for free.

I also check out your more well-known websites that people use to get great deals on everything you can think of, such as Amazon.com, QVC.com, or Overstock.com. Overstock.com has some good deals but they grab their deals from other websites so their discounts aren’t the best you’ll find. Amazon is a place where you can buy a bookshelf and then buy the books to fill it up all on the same site; but Amazon also has its flaws. If you buy something coming straight from their warehouse, shipping is simple and quick. However, if you find a better deal through another seller their shipping methods can get shaky and you might get your product late or even damaged. (If you are signed up for Amazon Prime for streaming your movies and TV shows, then you get a great deal on their shipping, free 2 day on most items you order.) Amazon has a great customer service system so they’ll definitely try to work with you. QVC is a well-known home shopping network on television but they also offer the option to shop for their TV deals online. Some of their deals are beatable, but I promise you, you’ll never find a cheaper Ninja blender anywhere else!

Of course there are your mainstream shopping sites that have store locations to go to as an option like Bed Bath & Beyond and Target. If you’re more of a traditional shopper and you want to see what you’re buying before you get it, these are good choices for you. Be forewarned, the quality of furniture and décor is sometimes lacking in these places. So it might be better for you to take a chance and try out the online stores. The best part of online shopping is there’s always something for everyone! No matter your style or taste in décor, you’re guaranteed to find something you like.

My fellow blogger Alex wrote about his favorite sites a while back, but we are always looking for new sources for great apartment bargains so if we missed your favorites, let us know in the comments below!

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Christa

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I am a first time renter who was born, raised, and still lives in New York. I had a few stints with campus apartment living in college so I know a thing or two about roommates, decorating, and $2 meals. I've learned a lot thanks to my past experiences and my healthy obsession with HGTV but I'm still learning as I go along. Come learn with me!

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