Tips for replacing all your stuff after a move to Chicago.
May 19, 2012 6:45 AM Subscribe
My wife and I will be moving across an ocean(the atlantic - from Birmingham, UK to Chicago) in a couple of months and in the process I will be abandoning 87.6% of my stuff (everything but sentimental knick-knacks, some clothing and laptops). I'd like advice on rebuilding my stuff collection - furniture, appliances, kitchen utensils and all the other stuff you need to make an apartment livable. What would you do if you could do it all over again?
posted by srboisvert to shopping (32 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'm already a big fan of minimalism - I don't like owning too much stuff and I like to find the sweet spot on the price-value curve rather than buying things for what economists call signaling purposes. I'm cool with used goods and make heavy use of ebay here in the UK. I'd like avoid Ikea flat pack furniture - I guess I have finally gotten sick of beech veneer! We already know roughly where we would like to be moving to (Lincoln Park ideally) and will have visas, banking and health insurance sorted. We know we need plug adapters (we are regular travellers and also Canadian expats so there less need to explain the quirks of North America (we are looking forward to some eye contact but not German levels of eye contact!) )
Things I'd like to know:
Chicago specific tips for bargain hunting are especially appreciated. Cheapish used furniture tips - best stores or online sources..
U.S. Online shopping tips for when yI'llou have to make a lot of purchases quickly and cheaply. Cashback sites? Amazon prime?
Best value department stores?
What to avoid? What mistakes have you made that you regretted?
How to survive the first week or two without stuff in an empty flat..
and anything else you can think of that would be useful.