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I'm all about getting a good deal. One way that I've only used a few times recently (because its addicting!) is model home auctions. My aunts got my mom and I interested about a year or two ago and I only go from time to time because sometimes I get so into it that I could easily get carried away. Auctions are kind of intense when they get going, you know?
Anyway, the way it works is the model homes in new neighborhoods eventually stop being model homes. And they have to do something with all the nice designer furniture and decor. So, some builders will have an an auction to sell it all. Sometimes you can get amazing deals!
I've gotten knick-knacks for super cheap. Most recently I got: two urns, a matching vase, three nice picture frames and a vase w/ fake flowers all for $12 (just a couple of the items are in the picture, there was several more in the lot that I bought)!! Not too shabby! My mom is great at catching framed art for really cheap (sometimes just because she wants the frames) and my aunts have gotten great deals on furniture. They have basically furnished and decorated their entire homes from going to these auctions over the last year or two.
Builder's Auction Company
Frazier's Worldwide Auctions
I only know of these two websites that do these kind of auctions but don't be afraid to look around and see if you can find others! Let me know if you do!