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Best places to buy a first apartment in Buffalo, New York

Pleasant! You’ve saved enough to finally move out of your parents’ house, visited a bunch of open units, and found a place you can call home that won’t kill your bank account. After you thoroughly Read and sign your lease, you need to start making a list of the essentials you need for a functional place to live.

Don’t be shy about making a list – these are the little things we usually forget at the store. You can be 18 or 68 and come home from the store without the toilet paper you desperately need. Stores like Wegmans, Target and Walmart have apps where you can make a list of the items you need and where exactly to find them in the store by aisle.

For bigger things, like furniture, search sites like Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Ikea, and Amazon for cheap pieces that will do for now. You can always sell it and upgrade it later.

What you need for your first apartment

Here’s a short list of things you’ll need for your first apartment, with help from rent.com:

  • The mattress
  • Pillows
  • Dresser
  • Bedding
  • Lamps
  • hangers
  • laundry basket
  • Shower curtain
  • Bath towels
  • Toilet paper, tissues and paper towels
  • hand soap
  • Sofa/Futon
  • Bins for every room
  • cleaning supplies
  • Piston
  • Mop, broom, sweeper and/or vacuum cleaner
  • Crockery and silverware
  • Cooking tools
  • Pots and pans
  • mixing bowls
  • Dishwasher soap
  • kitchen gloves
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Can opener and bottle opener
  • First aid kit
  • Tool kit

Notice I didn’t include TVs, electronics, art, picture frames, or anything else you’re sure to invest in later. We’ve paired it with the very basics here, so let’s keep it simple. For now, you can just use the items you already have to decorate your space.

Now let’s go shopping! Here are also some ideas of where to look in Buffalo to furnish your new apartment without breaking the bank.

Buffalo Facebook Market

TJ Maxx/Marshalls

Buffalo on Craigslist

Christmas tree shops

Christmas tree shops/Facebook

Christmas tree shops/Facebook

Buffalo Reuse

Buffalo Reuse/Facebook

Buffalo Reuse/Facebook

Home items

Homeware/Facebook

Homeware/Facebook

Good will

Goodwill/Facebook

Goodwill/Facebook

Large lots

Jackpots/Facebook

Jackpots/Facebook

Bed bath and beyond

Bed bath and beyond/Facebook

Bed bath and beyond/Facebook

Target

Target/Facebook

Target/Facebook

Hertel Home Consignment

Hertel Home Consignment/Facebook

Hertel Home Consignment/Facebook

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet/Facebook

Ollie’s Bargain Outlet/Facebook

walmart

Walmart/Facebook

Walmart/Facebook

Free stuff you can get from Buy Nothing Buffalo

Free furniture and other free household items you can get from The Buy Nothing Project right here in Buffalo, New York.