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DTHHousing Guide Monday, Febaiary 20, 19895
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By ASHLEY CAMPBELL
YouVe hunted, found the perfect
apartment and signed the lease. Yet
you're afraid that on moving day, you
won't be happy with your new home.
Maybe your fear comes from what
youll be moving on moving day
a stereo and several Budweiser
posters from the old dorm room.
Help is available. New, used and
rental furniture stores, yard sales,
classified ads and attics are all sources
for the necessities for furnishing an
"We deal with a lot of students,"
said an assistant manager at Aaron
Rents Furniture on Chapel Hill
Boulevard in Durham. "Renting is a
very popular way to get furniture for
an apartment. We can furnish a one
bedroom apartment for $55 a month
with basic stuff."
for a steal, he said.
"I could furnish my whole apart
ment through ads in The Village
Advocate if I had to," Bender said.
Other students have made the most
of furniture from their families' attics.
"Our living room furniture was my
roommate's grandmother's," said
Sallie Smalley, a senior economics
major from Chattanooga. "It's in
great shape, but the material was out-of-date.
So we bought some material
that we liked and recovered the
cushions ourselves. We also improved
the kitchen table with a table cloth."
Tracie McMillan, a junior biology
major from Crumpler, used several
resources to furnish her apartment
and learned some buying tips in the
process. She got her bedroom furni
ture from home, silverware and
curtains from a yard sale, plates from
K mart and her living room suite from
"We deal with a lot of students ...
Renting is a very popular way to get
furniture for an apartment. "
an assistant sales manager
at Aaron Rents Furniture, Durham
Galloway's Furniture in Carrboro
sells new and used furniture and also
has a lot of experience with students.
Owner John Galloway said, "If a
student is starting an apartment, I try
to give him a package deal at a cut
rate. I also give free delivery if he
helps me unload the truck."
Remco, also on Chapel Hill Boule
vard in Durham, rents furniture on
monthly or rent-to-own plans. For
example, a student can rent-to-own
a three-piece living room suite for $88
a month for 21 months, said manager
trainee Tony Sanders.
Buying used furniture from other
people is another furnishing option.
Dale Bender, a junior economics
major from New Bern, had all the
furniture he needed for his new
apartment except a chest of drawers
and a desk. He said, "I looked in The
Village Advocate classifieds because
I thought it would have the largest
selection of second-hand furniture for
"I looked through three different
issues and found somebody with a
chest of drawers that would fit in my
room," Bender said. "A lady was
selling hers because she was buying
a new one. I got a better price on
it because I helped her move in her
Bender also Sv.w several yard sales
advertised in The Village Advocate.
He went to one and bought a desk
a discount furniture store, she said.
"When you're looking at a sofa or
chairs, check the back and sides,"
McMillan said. "If it's just fabric, it
won't last as long than one with
padding on the back and sides. Also,
recliners break easier than other
Galloway offers furniture in a
variety of price ranges. He said: "On
average, I can furnish a living room
for $400 with new furniture and for
about half that with used furniture.
I have good, used dining room suites
for $85 to $120 and new ones for $100
"If you buy a new, three-piece
living room suite, I can get it custom
made in your choice of fabric in three
to five days," Galloway said. "I can
also get used refrigerators, stoves, and
washer and dryers with a guarantee."
Aaron Rents Furniture rents fur
niture by the month for a minimum
of three months. By the month, sofas
and loveseats are $10 and up, living
room chairs are $5.50 and up and
tables are $2 and up. Dining room
furniture starts at $3.50 a month for
a table and $1.50 per chair.
Twin beds start at $7.50 a month
and double beds start at $9.50 a
month. Twenty-inch, non-remote
televisions are $25 a month if you are
renting other furniture and are $35
if you rent them alone.
See the DTIH1 Student
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